Houhora Heads is a great place to picnic and spend time. The pristine and clear water is usually always present, unless there has been a storm and lets face it, those places are becoming few and far between in the world now!
At low tide it is easy to go and collect cockles for a refreshing snack - you can not get seafood any fresher than straight out of the water!
The Motutangi Stream is in the foreground of the second picture and is a safe place for children to play or paddle. You can also walk across the stream at low tide and walk around the south head and onto East Beach. It is also possible to drive around, but you MUST know the rules for driving out there especially around the head else you can easily get stuck.
Alot of people walk across the stream at low tide and fish by the heads.
There is a camp ground for those who would like to stay a while.
My campground tip
Houhora is situated on the East Coast. If you go down to the warf before sunrise, you can watch it come up, as shown in the photo. The second photo was taken about 1 minute later.
Licensed Restaurant & Bar that is open of Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm with meals available from 6pm onwards.
Favorite Dish: The seafood! Eating seafood while enjoying harbour views is the best way to eat seafood.
If you go to the Cape by bus you will not be able to explore this amazing hidden gem, so it is best to have your own wheels.
If you hire a car there are motels in the area, catering for different budgets and tastes while there are camping grounds for those who come on motor homes.
You can find more information about Ngataki and accommodation at Henderson Bay and Te Rarawa Beach
Pukenui is where the shops are as well as motels and camping grounds.
The Tohe - 90 Mile Beach is close by with access and a camping ground at Hukatere.
None of these places are really accessible in your time for how long you want to visit if you do not come on your own wheels!
Do not expect to have crystal clear cell phone reception here as it fades in and out on the main road north.
Receiving texts is easier than taking phone calls. When you get a bar or 2 and want to make a phone call, DO NOT move the phone, instead dial the number then move your ear to the phone else you may loose your bars.
Vodafone tends to have better reception than Telecom.
Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club is situated on the Houhora harbour, which is on the east coast. It is also the most northern big game fishing club in New Zealand.
It hosts one of the largest marlin and sport fishing tournaments in NZ.
Equipment: Fishing gear!
If you enjoy golf why not play at the northernmost golf course in New Zealand? A par 72 with club and cart hire and a full bar. The course is easy walking and set in an attractive location.
The club days are Thursday & Sunday with a Tee off 10am.
Twilight Fridays - Tee off 4pm to 5pm
Green fees for 18 holes is $20.00, 9 holes is $15.00.
Visitors are most welcome to join in Club haggles with reduced green fees 18 holes $20.00 9 holes $15.00 Electric Golf Cart available for hire.
Use the contact phone numbers below to confirm club days, as they sometimes change.