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Tapotupotu Bay

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.

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This beach has limited facilities and may not be ideal for families. Not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards.


Swimming is popular during the summer months. The beach gets a great deal of visitors and swimming is a popular activity. The beach can be very dangerous as there are strong currents around the whole area and swimmers should be cautious regardless of conditions.


Surfing is possible at this beach and locals in the area surf the bay most of the time when it has a wave. The beach faces to the north but will get west and east swells if they are large enough. The beach break can be surfed on any tide while the reef in the middle of the bay and the point to the west should only be surfed between mid and high tide.


Fishing is the most popular activity at this beach. Anglers come here to fish most weekends regardless of the time of year. Big snapper are common in the area. Surfcasting from the beach, around the inlet and especially off the rocks are all popular. Small boats can be launched out through the stream but this is a hit and miss operation. The rock platforms that run along the east and west headlands are the most popular fishing locations at Tapotupotu Bay and these areas are productive.

Activities and facilities



  • Boat launching
  • Car parking
  • Changing facilities
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Tapotupotu Bay and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

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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 ►

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.


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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
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


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.

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Beach Water Quality

Many councils 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.

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