Tapotupotu Bay is one of New Zealands northern most beaches, located just a few kilometres from Cape Reinga. Tapotupotu Bay has a Department of Conservation camping ground located at its eastern end along side the stream mouth and tidal inlet. Here you will also find the public amenities. If entering the water while at the beach you should stay clear of the headland rocks and also the stream mouth. There is no Lifeguarding Service and the area is hard to access.
Activities and facilities
- Boat launching
- Car parking
- Changing facilities
- Public toilets
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Safety at Tapotupotu Bay
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Tapotupotu Bay. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►
Never swim or surf alone.
4 simple rules to keep you safe
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Tapotupotu Bay. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►
The Water Safety Code:
- Be prepared
- Watch out for yourself and others
- Be aware of the dangers
- Know your limits
Tapotupotu Bay is located 19 kilometres northwest of Waitiki Landing. This small cove is one of New Zealands most northern beaches and it lies only 4 kilometres east of Cape Reinga. Tapotupotu Bay has 300 metres of golden sand and rocky headlands at either end. The rock platforms that lie at the base of each headland are a major attraction for fishermen. There is also a stream/tidal inlet at the eastern end of the bay and this makes access to the eastern headland difficult. The beach has a Department of Conservation camping ground and basic facilities are provided.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
Beach Water Quality
The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.
Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.