Urupukapuka Island

Travel Guide
Russell showing a bay or harbour and a beach

With golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant reef life, this beautiful island is perfect for camping, hiking, snorkelling and kayaking.

The largest island in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, Urupukapuka Island is bliss for active travellers, with sea kayaking, camping and outdoor activities aplenty. Hike around this secluded island for outstanding views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean and book a dolphin-watching charter to get out onto the sea.

The island is a place of exceeding natural beauty and tranquillity. Explore a stunning pohutukawa forest and vast kikuyu grasslands. Look for a large wetland habitat, fascinating archaeological sites and the island’s major bays: Entico, Otehei and Urupukapuka.

Launch a sea kayak or paddleboard from Otehei Bay and explore this beautiful island by water. Rent snorkel equipment and dive below the surface to witness the bay’s extensive reef life. Otehei Bay is home to an open-air restaurant where visitors can dine in a peaceful outdoor setting.

Follow the Urupukapuka Island Walk around the outer edge of the island and take in great views of the bays and jagged coastline. The walk is just over 7 kilometres (4 miles) long and takes about 5 hours to complete. Be on alert for different species of birds, such as oystercatchers and dotterels. Dolphin and whale sightings are also common on the island. Bring along your swimsuit for a refreshing post-hike dip in one of the island’s swimming bays.

The striking Urupukapuka Island is about 240 kilometres (150 miles) from Auckland and can only be reached by boat. Water taxis run from Paihia and Russell. During summer, boats depart several times daily, making it possible to enjoy a daytrip to the pretty island. If you want to camp overnight, bear in mind that campsite bookings are essential. Some, though not all campsites feature shower facilities.

Spend a day relaxing on Urupukapuka Island’s quiet, uncrowded beaches or stay and camp for a few nights to fully experience the island’s many natural wonders.

Anchorage Motel
Anchorage Motel
4 out of 5
2 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is £61 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia motel is within a 10-minute walk of Paihia Beach and Paihia Wharf. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Waitangi Golf ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"Lovely and clean with comfy beds and friendly service. Noisy with people up stairs....you can easily hear them walking around. Great location right across the road from the beach."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2021

Anchorage Motel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
4 out of 5
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
The price is £67 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in Waitangi, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia Wharf and Waitangi Golf Club. Paihia ...
4/5Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Beautiful view, very comfy beds"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2021

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
4 out of 5
138 Marsden Road, Bay of Islands, Paihia
The price is £71 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (597 reviews)
"Clean, plenty of room, directly across the road from the beach, short walk to the the town and eateries. Perfect for us, would happily stay again."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
4 out of 5
138 Marsden Road, Bay of Islands, Paihia
The price is £71 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paihia aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paihia Wharf and Paihia Beach. Waitangi Golf Club and Waitangi Treaty ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (597 reviews)
"Clean, plenty of room, directly across the road from the beach, short walk to the the town and eateries. Perfect for us, would happily stay again."

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2021

Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Edgewater Palms Apartments
Edgewater Palms Apartments
4 out of 5
8 - 10 Marsden Road, Paihia
The price is £145 per night from 21 Sep to 21 Sep
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Paihia Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Russell Beach and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)
"Really enjoyed my stay. We stayed in the two bedroom apartment - very spacious, very clean, new ammenities, great view to the see, helpful reception. We actually ended up extending our stay because we liked it so much. Would def stay again."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

Edgewater Palms Apartments
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
4 out of 5
136 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The price is £94 per night from 20 Sep to 20 Sep
Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fairy Pools, Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. The Parrot Place and Rainbow ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"Cannot fault our stay. Tastefully decorated, bright, clean studio with the use of a heat pump if required and parking conveniently right outside the front door. Milk in the fridge and freshly ground coffee for the coffee plunger. Comfortable bed and big fluffy pillows. Wish we could have stayed another ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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