Tutukaka Coast activities for kids – and the young at heart!
Get your family out and active on the Northland coast, with these Tutukaka Coast activities for kids. We’ve hand picked the most popular options for keeping your youngsters happy while out on the coast, from surf lessons through to junior diving courses, freediving lessons, fishing options, nature walks, paddle boarding and even a spot of free treasure hunting: if it’s Northland coastal fun for kids you’re after, read on!
Tutukaka activities for kids: getting active on the coast
If you’re keen to get your kids out on the water here in Northland, there’s nowhere finer than the Tutukaka Coast. This marine playground has everything your water babies could wish for, from free activities such as boogie boarding, fishing, rock-pooling and sand-duning (yes, that’s a thing!) through to the more adventurous junior SCUBA diving courses, surfing lessons and paddle boarding options. Whatever the ages of your children, there’s something on the Tutukaka Coast to keep them active!
Top free Tutukaka activities for kids:
1. Geocaching on the Tutukaka Coast
Ok – so we may be a little biased here, because our families all love geocaching. This worldwide phenomenon has made it’s mark on Tutukaka, with hundreds of caches secreted in some stunning spots off the beaten track around our beautiful coastline. Simply download the free geocaching app and start searching: don’t forget to bring a pen (for your kids to sign their names in the cache logs) and a range of small treasures to swap with the caches. Guaranteed to get the most exercise-phobic kid moving, geocaching is a whole lot of fun for zero cost, and you’ll get to see some hidden spots on our coast that will blow your mind!
2. Boogie boarding at Matapouri
The most underrated pastime of all: good old-fashioned boogie boarding. Hands up who remembers spending hours getting bowled over by waves on their trusty board when they were younger? I certainly did: and the magic is still there. Watch your kids squeal with excitement while catching safe waves in the turquoise waters of Matapouri Bay, hours of pleasure for the price of some gritty sandwiches and a melted ice-cream or two. What fun!
3. Sand duning on the sandspit
Now – this one’s kind of a local secret, so don’t tell everyone! The Ngunguru sandspit is a protected environment, which means you have to treat it with care. The (at risk) dune grasses are home to nesting dotterel, and a large population of a small threatened land snail known as Succinea archeyi. Therefore, any activities carried out on the sandspit must be approached with sensitivity. That being said, once you paddle the short passage across the estuary to reach the sandspit, on the ocean-facing side you will find ideal boogie-boarding dunes, making for a fun and unusual day out for your family. There’s often a good break working along this beach too, so while the kids play on their boogie boards, why not grab your own surfboard for a bit of fun!
Top paid Tutukaka activities for kids:
1. SCUBA diving for kids
If you’ve got keen kids who love the water and are aged 8 years or over, they can join a PADI Bubble Makers course. This fun introduction to SCUBA diving will make your little guys and girls feel truly at home under the water, and is a great way for them to see a whole new side of the New Zealand coastal scene. There are a number of fantastic operators who offer Bubble Makers courses in Northland; however the options can be limited by seasonal availability. Try calling your local dive centre for more information. If you have a child with a dive certification, then you’ll be well-placed to take them for a trip to the fantastic Poor Knights Islands.
2. Paddle boarding for kids
Tutukaka Coast has become a paddle boarding mecca, with a number of companies offering fantastic day hire options and training options. Paddle boarding is not only excellent exercise for the whole family, it’s a great way to explore hard-to-reach coastal nooks and crannies. Try contacting SUP Bro paddle boarding NZ, a local company with a wealth of experience and a reputation for quality training. Alternatively, Tutukaka Surf offer paddle boards for hire from the Tutukaka Marina.
3. Surfing lessons for kids
Who doesn’t love catching a good break? Your kids will be super excited to head out for a day learning how to surf with the Tutukaka Surf Company, a highly qualified and well-loved local surf company. Get your kids hooked on surfing while you relax on the beach and cheer them on: what better way to tire out your energetic youngsters? You might just start them in a lifelong passion: and with the famous Sandy Bay a local favourite learning spot, they’ll be getting the best quality training in the best possible place.