Opito Bay, Northland

Opito Bay, Northland, is a small bay with the closest beach to Kerikeri. The sheltered sandy beach is about 250 metres long and shrouded by pohutukawa trees. Holiday homes are behind the access road, with forest-clad hills as a backdrop. The bay is popular as it provides easy boat access to the inlet and safe swimming. There are public toilets but no other facilities or shops.

The bay is located on the north side of Kerikeri Inlet, almost at the end of the unnamed peninsula that separates Kerikeri Inlet from Te Puna Inlet. It is a 15.6 km drive from downtown Kerikeri, which takes about 20 minutes. The road is sealed, and parking is next to the beach. From the north side of Kerikeri, follow Landing Road north to Kapiro Road, then again on Redcliffs Road to Rangitane Road and Opito Bay Road.

You can also access the Akeake Historic Reserve from the east end of the beach. This loop track provides fabulous views with access to Lizard Bay and the historic pā site at Tareha Point.

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