Waipu Cove, New Zealand - My Favourite Place on Earth
Waipu Cove is my favourite little place on earth. It holds a very special place in my heart from my childhood all the way through to the day I got married standing on that beautiful white sand. It is a spectacular part of New Zealand. Along with sunbathing and surfing, it's a great spot for fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and checking out the rock pools. Waipu Cove offers a surf patrolled beach at the right times of the year, along with a Surf Carnival every year around Christmas.
Waipu Cove is a lovely coastal surf spot located on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is specifically located in the beautiful Bream Bay of Northland. It is a pleasant drive approximately 120 km's north of Auckland, suitable for a day trip which provides a warm and relaxing change to the busyness of the city.
There are some nice spots to drive through on your way from Auckland. Following the State Highway 1 you begin with the lovely town of Orewa which has some lovely boutique shops, continue on through to Warkworth, then Wellsford, you can choose to access Waipu via Mangawhai Heads or alternatively head over the awesome Brynderwyn's (hills) where the first view of the ocean is magnificent.
Before making your way to Waipu Cove, you will drive through the small township of Waipu, which interestingly enough has a strong Scottish heritage and the host of the Highland Games every year on New Years Day.
My family history is strong at Waipu Cove, back to my fathers childhood days which is why it holds such a special place in my heart. It's where I built a great friendship and love with my husband and we were married on the beach.
Waipu Cove has hosted generations of families to it's shores, there is a fabulous family camping ground called Camp Waipu Cove which accommodates powered tent sites, caravans, camper vans and cabins. Another excellent facility is the Waipu Cove Resort ideally located alongside the camping ground. Both facilities are within walking distance of the beach.
New Zealand's coastline is rugged yet breathless in it's unique beauty, so you would not be disappointed in visiting another local beach just 5 min's drive from Waipu Cove. Langs Beach is a beautiful little bay lined with New Zealand's native Pohutukawa tree. Langs like Waipu Cove boasts fantastic surf, and you may even be lucky enough to see the dolphins catch a wave or two as well.
There are so many attractions at Waipu which include a local museum, Waipu caves, the lovely Waipu Firehouse Art Gallery, walking tracks, the local pub and odd restaurant, awesome fish and chips and so much more. If you're a golf fan, you will love the Waipu Golf Club. I have personally played here and it was the highlight of my golfing career......well ok it was a wonderful day and game anyway even for an amateur. Teeing off with a full view of the ocean while you play your 9 holes was so much fun and pure bliss with that salt air and view.
If sunbathing exposed is your thing then be sure to check out Uretiti Beach which is close by, part of the beach offers a 'clothes optional' experience. If you're after the movies, shopping, stocking up on supplies or just feel like you need to see more people then head over to the City of Whangarei, which is 45 minutes North of Waipu. A great place to visit.
So there you have it, if you are visiting New Zealand and choose to travel to Sunny Northland (North of Auckland), be sure to visit the small township of Waipu and see if you can spare a night or 2 at the beautiful Waipu Cove and surrounding areas, you will not be disappointed.
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