Tucked in just off SH1, Hikurangi is the gateway to the stunning and scenic Tutukaka coast, the Whananaki inlet with the longest footbridge in the southern hemisphere, and is a small township based in a bustling and vibrant rural community.
There is an abundance of attractions in and around Hikurangi with many social and sporting clubs, an 18 hole golf course and a range of walking tracks in the area. A walk around the Hikurangi Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve & Lake is fascinating and well worth a visit with seating area's around the limestone formations, area's to explore and plenty of places for a picnic.
Take the time to visit the Hikurangi Historical Museum, opened in 1986, which proudly showcases the history of the town and gives a sense of nostalgia from the local community. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 am- 11.30 am or by appointment.
Hikurangi is also the perfect town to grab some groceries, stop for a coffee, sit in for a delicious meal, or have a pie while the kids are on the playground, before heading out to Whananaki, Helena Bay, the Tutukaka coast or further north. Be sure to also call into the Jack Morgan Museum, which is in Hukerenui, 15 minutes north on SH1.
If you are a keen fishing enthusiast there is no shortage of bays within half an hours drive. There are boat ramps in Whananaki North or around the Tutukaka Coast and bait supplies are available in Hikurangi.
With some of New Zealand's most stunning beaches only 25 minutes away, including the popular and secluded Whale Bay, there is so much to do in and around Hikurangi....
Our locals recommend these beaches:
Tutukaka Coast Loop Road - this drive loops back to Hikurangi via Tutukaka and Whangarei. Popular beaches include Sandy Bay (great for surfers), Woolley's Bay, Whale Bay, Matapouri, Tutukaka Marina, Whangaumu Bay (Wellingtons Bay), & Ngunguru
Helena Bay, Oakura & Whangaruru Coastline
Tutukaka Coast: Sandy Bay, Wooleys Bay, Whales Bay, Matapouri, Tutukaka
Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve - World-renowned diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau rated this reserve, notable for its excellent visibility, as one of the top ten places to dive in the world. A number of private charters are available.