The Sands Motel, Tutukaka

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The Sands Motel, Tutukaka

The Sands Motel is situated next to the beautiful white-sand beach of Whangaumu Bay on the picturesque Tutukaka Coast. With direct beach access, the prime beachfront location allows you to experience the Kiwi dream of a holiday house at the beach.

Your accommodtion has an outside deck, 2 bedrooms, lounge, full kitchen and bathroom with shower. The Sands Motel has lots of mature pohutukawa trees and grass areas, along with BBQs and picnic tables.

The Tutukaka Coast offers access to the Poor Knights Islands for day trips and diving, superb beaches and coastal walkways and a range of restaurants, bars and cafes. Located 30 minutes NE of Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand and only 1.5 hours from the Bay of Islands, The Sands Motel is a great place to unwind after a tiring journey.

When diving the Poor Knights this is the ideal location: only a 5-minute drive to Tutukaka Marina and a great place for non-divers to relax during the day.

Tutukaka Coast Accommodation

  • Direct beach access - walk off your deck across the tree-shaded lawn and down a dozen steps onto the beach
  • Gas BBQs
  • Picnic tables next to the beach and under the shade of the trees
  • Guest laundry with washing machine and iron
  • Undercover parking
  • Free WiFi

Rooms & Rates

Tarriffs range from NZ$110 to NZ$180 (seasonal).  This price is for 2 persons.  Any extra person is $20 per night.

6 x 2-bedroom units to sleep 4 - 1 queen-size bed and 2 single beds. Sofa bed also available in the lounge (sleeps 2 additional people). Maximum of 6 people per unit.

As our units are all privately owned, bookings for the following summer holidays cannot be taken before August.

Each unit also contains:

  1. Lounge leading out onto a wooden deck - walk out onto a picturesque grassed area with mature pohutukawa trees with steps leading directly onto beautiful white-sand Whangaumu Bay, safe for swimming and great for walking, playing and relaxing
  2. Kitchen with full oven, 2 fridges and microwave
  3. Sky Guest Select (50 channels)
  4. Bathroom with shower


  • Coastal walks - try walking to Ngunguru from The Sands Motel at low tide or drive to Whale Bay and Matapouri
  • Fishing - surfcasting straight in front of the motel
  • Swimming at the many beautiful beaches - especially the one on your doorstep - Whangaumu Bay!
  • Poor Knights Islands and Wreck scuba diving
  • Boat trips to the Poor Knights Islands
  • Surfing at Sandy Bay and the Ngunguru Bar - surf lessons available at Tutukaka
  • Plenty of local cafes, restaurants and takeaways to explore, just a 5-minute drive over the hill
  • Drive the scenic loop road from SH 1 including the Whangarei Falls and Hikurangi Ngunguru Golf Course and sports centre
  • Game fishing, surfcasting and fishing off the rocks along the coast
  • Kayaking directly outside the motel at Whangaumu Bay
  • 1.5-hour drive to the Bay of Islands - ideal for a day trip




48 Whangaumu Street
Tutukaka 0173

Phone: +64 9 434 3747


Web: Visit website

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