Tapeka Point Beach Aerial View 

Tapeka Point Beach in front of Tapeka Del Mar. On the other side of Tapeka Point is Rocky Beach. 1km from Russell is Long Beach. If you are more into surf on the southern side of Cape Brett lies Elliot Bay. If you have or charter a boat, hundreds of beautiful secluded beaches and bays await around the Bay of Islands. The Russell foreshore is also an option but the beach consists mainly of small pebbles.
Tapeka Beach

Tapeka Point beach is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets - all tide swimming at its best. The tide does not go out far and the water gets deep quickly with no rocks, shells or squelchy mud - even at low tide. It is protected from waves and swells by the rocks off Tapeka Point and the point towards Russell. Unlike the pebble shore in Russell, Tapeka beach has soft white sand and is a safe pollution free swimming beach. The beach includes a public reserve under the huge 1830's Norfolk Pine trees, toilets, boat ramp, ski lane and diving pontoon. Orca whales and Dolphins often pass by close to shore.

 Direct Beach Access     

The safe all tide swimming sandy beach and diving pontoon in front of Tapeka del Mar

A few steps from the deck and you are on the beach. No road or sand dunes to cross

Tapeka Beach Diving Pontoon

Orcas and Dolphins often pass Tapeka Beach

Nearby rock pools

The ever popular diving pontoon

Kids love playing in the creek

Orcas and Dolphins often pass


Tapeka Reserve under the famous Norfolk Pine Trees

All tide boat launching ramp

Row boat and 3 kayaks for guest use

Tapeka Beach Reserve opposite

All tide concrete boat ramp

Dinghy and 5 kayaks for guests

Swimming with Dolphins

Rocky Bay    
Rocky Bay wide angle view Rocky Bay from Tapeka Point Rocky Bay and Rewa Street Homes
Situated on the Eastern side of Tapeka Point just a few steps down the street from the top of Tapeka Del Mar's drive. This rugged beach has views to the islands, rock pools and a renowned fishing rock. At low tide it is possible to walk around Tapeka Point to Tapeka Beach. Located on the other side of Tapeka Point it has views to Roberton and other islands. A large flat rock accessible at low tide has a deep drop and is popular with surf cast fishermen. Record size fish have been caught here. Around the corner from the southern end are the Emerald Pools, large deep water pools suitable for diving when swells are not present
Long Beach (Oneroa Bay)   
Long Beach is the next bay around from Rocky Bay beach. Road access 1.4km from central Russell. A pleasant mostly flat walk from Russell. This long sandy beach has a road running the length of the beach with grass verges to park on.  Exposed to the summer north easterly swells, the breaking swells area popular with body boarders. This beach is popular with visitors to Russell Wide view of Long Beach Russell
Long Beach from western access road

Long Beach view to Roberton Island

Long Beach Russell Western end


Island Beaches    
Some of the world's most beautiful beaches can be found in the Bay of Islands. With over 100 islands there are many sandy beaches and secluded bays to explore. Most of the islands are uninhabited providing un spoilt beauty. Some of the Island tours provide stops at Otetahi Bay on Urupukapuka Island, Roberton Island and Moturua Island. Day trips with Sail NZ and the Tall Ship R Tucker Thompson include stops in bays for a swim. The best option is to charter a boat.

Beach inside the passage

Otetahi Bay

Snorkelling Lagoon on Roberton Island

Small beach on one of the Te Pahi Island group

Waewaetorea Island Passage

Otetahi Bay Urupukapuka Island

Roberton Island Lagoon

Te Pahi Islands


Elliot Bay    
Elliot Bay is on the east coast of the Cape Brett peninsular. This is an exposed beach providing good waves for surfing when easterly swells are present. Access is by sealed road either taking a northern route following the bays on Rawhiti Road or via the old Russell road. Both roads are sealed with either route 30km from Tapeka Del Mar. Whilst visiting the area it is worth visiting Whangaruru and Oakura. The Old Russell road continues south the join State Highway 1. This route provides and alternative route to or from Russell bypassing the car ferry. Elliot Bay






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