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Popular amenities for Tutukaka vacation rentals

Stay near Tutukaka's top sights

Tutukaka Marina19 locals recommend
Schnappa Rock Restaurant & Bar44 locals recommend
Dive! Tutukaka16 locals recommend
Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka10 locals recommend
Salt Air Cafe19 locals recommend
Takeaways At Ngunguru9 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Tutukaka

  • Total rentals

    110 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    30 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    10 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    70 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    4.8K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Tutukaka

All About Tutukaka

White-sand beaches fringed by pohutukawa trees draw travelers to Tutukaka, a city on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The surrounding green hills are covered with evergreens and the song of tui and bellbirds. With its sparkling natural harbor, whose marina is full of boats, and its local dive shops, Tutukaka is a hub for coastal exploration.

The craggy coast is studded with sandy shores, many of which are only reachable by boat or hiking trails. You could head to Sandy Bay for surfing, or drop anchor in Kowharewa Bay to fish for John Dory and Crevalle jack. You can also rent a stand-up paddleboard at the marina to explore more of the coastline. After a day on the water, retire to Tutukaka’s city center for freshly caught fish and chips on the village green. Although the city is a year-round destination, a special time to visit Tutukaka is actually during the winter, when the pohutukawa trees, sometimes called “New Zealand Christmas trees,” are decked out in scarlet blooms.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Tutukaka

New Zealand’s Northland region has a subtropical climate and is often referred to as “the winterless north” because of the pleasant weather year round. The hottest weather in summer is in late January and February, while the cooler months are June and July. During late December and January, the Christmas and summer holidays coincide, and most of New Zealand goes on holiday.

Every summer at the beginning of January, the Our People in the Park Tutukaka Music Festival takes place at the Marina Reserve. Six months later, the Tutukaka Northern Lights Festival illuminates the village over 11 days at the beginning of July, with displays up and down the coast, including performances from LED and fire dancers, glow yoga, and night SUP paddleboarding.


Top things to do in Tutukaka

Tutukaka Lighthouse Walkway

For a gentle local walk, take the signposted track from Marina Road out to the lighthouse across the Tutukaka headland. The scenic Tutukaka Lighthouse Walkway only takes around an hour, but the last section must be done around low tide because of the rocky causeway that leads to Kukutauwhao Island.

Matapouri Peninsula

Just a 10-minute drive north of Tutukaka, the Matapouri Headland boasts beautiful beaches. From the horseshoe-shaped Matapouri Beach, with its white sand and huge pohutukawa trees, take the walkway across the headland to the secluded Whale Bay, which has no road access. Or walk out onto the headland to visit the Mermaids Pool and further lookouts along the coast. After your walk, cool off with a dip in the sea, which is possible most days of the year.

Poor Knights Marine Reserve

If you love snorkeling or diving, Tutukaka is the entry point for exploring the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, where warm currents and clear waters create a diving paradise. The soaring volcanic cliffs that ring the reserve are home to seabirds, while underwater, a diverse range of sea life abounds. You may encounter dolphins, whales, and sting rays while peeking into the underwater caves. Deep-sea fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are also popular activities in this marine reserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do house rentals in Tutukaka have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 house rentals with air conditioning in Tutukaka. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in guesthouse rentals in Tutukaka?

    Experience the best of Tutukaka with our guesthouse rentals, starting at about $70 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Tutukaka?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 house rentals in Tutukaka featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Tutukaka?

    Tutukaka has more than 40 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Tutukaka have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with a bbq area in Tutukaka. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Tutukaka?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Tutukaka. Choose from more than 10 house rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do house rentals in Tutukaka have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with wifi in Tutukaka. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Tutukaka?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 30 homes with air conditioning, over 20 homes with a bbq area, over 40 homes with wifi, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

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