From Langs Beach in the south to Marsden Point to the north, Bream Bay is 22 kilometres of golden sand and clear blue waters, along with picturesque rural scenery, estuaries, rare wild life refuges, native forest, coastal walks and small friendly communities. Fish, swim, surf, dine, shop – or just take time out to enjoy and relax.
BREAM BAY / WAIPU
Bream Bay’s spectacular giant arc of white sand and clear water spans from Langs Beach in the south to Marsden Point to the north with pristine estuaries, wildlife refuges, native bush, rural scenery, small friendly communities - fish, swim, surf, kayak, cave, culture,history, markets and more...
Waipu village is rich in Scottish heritage, and boasts a great selection of local art, crafts, markets and cafes. The Caledonian Highland Games, the oldest running highland event in the southern hemisphere, are held every New Year’s Day. People come from around the world to dance and compete in traditional Celtic challenges. If you fancy your skills at Scottish Country Dancing nights held in the Coronation Hall, you will be welcomed!
In July, the village hosts Waipu in Tartan, featuring a full and varied calendar of Scottish events.
The amazing story of one of the world’s greatest migrations; the Scottish Highlanders who travelled to Nova Scotia, Australia and then on to Waipü is told through interactive museum displays and old world collections. Heritage trails are run from the museum and take in historic sites such as Norman McLeod’s house, the Church, the Caledonian Park and the Blacksmiths.
The Waipu Saturday Market is held on the first Saturday of the month and the Waipü Boutique Sunday Market is held every second Sunday of the month. Over long weekends, enjoy the Street Market on Saturday and the Waipü Antiques & Collectables Fair on Sunday. Marsden Cove Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Marina.
WAIPU CYCLE / WALKWAY
A 2.5 kilometre cycle and walkway from Waipü Village to Riverview Place. The further 5.5 km to Waipü Cove can be ridden on the road.
This beautiful white sand beach is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. A river bordering the south end of the beach is a sheltered swimming spot. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards over summer. There is a campground, picnic areas, convenience store and cafe.
A stunning white sandy beach framed by craggy headlands, gnarly trees and wonderful views to offshore islands and craggy headlands. This is an excellent spot for swimming, surfing and bodysurfing, or for a relaxing shoreline stroll.
The surf lifesaving club patrols the beach for the extended summer period as well as hosting beach education days and surf life saving competitions throughout the year.
WAIPU CAVES WALKWAY
The 2 km Waipü Caves walkway climbs through farmland dotted with native trees, offering panoramic coastal views before winding down through a valley to the entrance to the caves and a picnic spot.
These impressive limestone caves have stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms near the entrance. There is lots of headroom in the 175 metre long main cavern. The Waipu Cave system is considered regionally important for geomorphology because it includes the largest cave passage in Northland. Bones of bats, birds, amphibians and reptiles may be found along with the remains of fossil invertebrates. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and just to the left of the entrance is an enormous stalagmite - one of the largest in New Zealand. Appropriate safety gear is essential. Entry is unguided and at your own risk.
The pristine waters of the Ruakaka and Waipü estuaries provide a unique habitat for some of New Zealand’s rarest birds. Among the species which feed and breed here are the critically endangered Tara-iti / New Zealand fairy tern. Birdwatchers may also see wrybill, reef heron and banded dotterel. Migrating godwits can also be seen at certain times of the year.
The islands that can be seen from shore are Taranga and Marotiri or, the Hen & Chicks. They are the remains of long dormant volcanoes, once part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and are now a wildlife sanctuary. Landing on the islands is prohibited without a permit. The landmark of Sail Rock lies just to the south and is a common mark used for yacht racing.
A short ten minute track through forest and over the Ahuroa River leads to this small waterfall with excellent swimming holes along the way and at the base of the falls. The waterfalls are signposted from SH1 just south of Waipü.
The 12km Brynderwyn Walkway follows the top of the mountain range with fantastic coastal and inland views. The ranges are host to many native bird species as well as the rare hotchstetter frog. The track winds through private farm land and forestry roads. Phone the Department of Conservation on 09 470 3300 to check whether the track is open.