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Mermaid Pools is one of the famous spots to visit at Tutukaka Coast. It is not a place where mermaids swim, as the name suggests, it is rather a group of rock pools which are deep enough to allow people to dive. We weren’t able to try the water because we found the pools just as the sun was setting, and the path going back to Matapouri Bay was quite tricky especially without any light source. Directions to the Mermaid Pools: From Marina Road, drive towards Matapouri Bay via Matapouri Road.

Tutukaka Coast is one of the many places in New Zealand that every traveler shouldn’t miss. If you love the sea, sun, and sand, this is paradise; if you don’t, the coast might change your mind. This is one of the best locations that we have visited since living in NZ. The second day, of our four-day holiday, was set for exploring the beaches and the ever-famous Mermaid Pools. If you cruise along Matapouri Road towards Marina Road from Sandy Bay Retreat, you’ll drive past some great spots including Sandy Bay, Woolley’s Bay,

To complete our trip, we booked a cabin in a place called Sandy Bay Retreat. It was one of the highlights of our itinerary. After contacting Coastal Holiday Homes and finalizing the reservations, we were sent a rather long list stating the things that we need to bring (including bed linens, rubbish bags, etc.), the directions to the cabin and how to enter the property, and the garbage disposal instructions (which involves driving to the waste disposal area). We had to read thru the email a million times just to make sure that we

Work hard, party harder! These are often the posts we see on Facebook when friends get the chance to enjoy a night out or a weekend away after a long work week. Indeed, every person deserves a break once in a while. Our chance to enjoy a good holiday was during the Auckland Anniversary long weekend wherein we took the opportunity to explore the Tutukaka Coast (including Poor Knights Island, Matapouri Bay, Whale Bay, Sandy Bay, and Mermaid Pools) in Whangarei. From Auckland, it usually takes around 2.5 hours to

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