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Auckland day trip to Kaipara Harbour

Stop 4: Shelly Bay

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Shelly Bay, Kaipara Harbour jetty, NZ Shelly Bay, Kaipara Harbour jetty, NZ

Fish and chips, a burger or an ice cream from the local convenience store / cafe while watching locals launch boats, kids jump off the jetty and dog walkers. The Kaipara Harbour is part of Kauri Coast beaches things to do & see – Best Bits and is a hidden gem with its world class Matakohe Kauri Museum, extraordinary shallow harbour and settlements.

Shelly Bay, Kaipara Harbour, NZ

While relaxing watching the world go by you could consider whether you have the energy to:

  • Go skydiving at the nearby Parakai Airfield
  • Tree ziplining in the nearby Woodend Forest
  • Take a harbour cruise of the Kaipara Harbour
  • Visit the award winning Matakohe Kauri Museum and check out an outstanding heritage rose garden nestled against a Victorian church
  • Stay a few days longer
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