Near The Sister Rocks on the western side of Great Mercury Island is a large bay. We just anchor up, chuck on scuba tanks and 10 minutes later we’ve got a bag full of scallops; they are just there on the seabed. Likewise we catch snapper right off the back of the boat, so you can fish in comfort and style.
The north-western arm of Whangaroa Harbour is a good holding anchorage with serene water. You can take a kayak up into the mangroves and go up streams, or do bushwalks. Nearby is Kauri Cliffs, rated one of the world’s top 100 golf courses, so after exploring you can relax with a game.
5 wild treasures on New Zealand's North Island
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1. Harataonga Bay
On the eastern side of Great Barrier Island, Harataonga Bay is a bit of a mission for smaller boats to get to (across Hauraki Gulf), but a big boat can do it easily. Not many people go there and this isolation is part of the appeal. There’s a beautiful 400 metre beach — and when the weather is right, it is magic.
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