By air

Air New Zealand Link has four to five daily return services from Auckland Airport to Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) Airport (approx. 45 minutes drive) using 50-seat Bombardier aircraft. Barrier Air operates twice daily commuter services to Kaitaia Airport (approx. 25 minutes drive). Rental cars are available at both airports.

By bus

From Auckland to Doubtless Bay there is one service every day in each direction operated by Intercity / Northliner. There is usually a transfer of bus in Bay of Islands at Kerikeri or Paihia.

The main pickup and set down point is in front of Waterfront Cafe and Bar in Mangonui, with additional stops in Cable Bay, Coopers Beach and Taipa on request. Tickets for Intercity/Northliner can be booked through Doubtless Bay Information Centre.

Far North Link operates a weekday return service between Mangonui and Kaitaia, via Coopers Beach, Cable Bay, Taipa and Inland Road (bottom of Karikari Peninsula).

Self-drive car

Travelling direct by State Highway 1 and State Highway 10, the journey time from Auckland airport is about four and a half hours without stops. Travelling the Twin Coast Discovery Highway – a world-class touring route leaving from, and returning to, Auckland – requires at least two days in each direction to visit the many interesting and beautiful attractions along the way:

East coast

including the Matakana vineyards, Kawau Island, Mangawhai Heads, Waipu, Tutukaka Coast, Whananaki, Kawakawa and Bay of Islands.

West coast

including the Hokianga, Kauri Coast, Kaipara Harbour, Helensville and the Kumeu vineyards and wineries.


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Mill Bay Magic
10a Mabel Thorburn Place
Mangonui 0420
New Zealand

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“From the moment you drive into the harbour, the agapanthuses lining the roads and cascading bougainvillea everywhere you know you have found a special place. A private lane leads you to Yvie’s home. It is in the most delightful location with spectacular water views over Mill Bay.

The home is exceptionally well built with no cost spared to furnish the home with the best of the best in every room. You could happily stay home and watch the ample bird life from the spa on the deck, the fishing boats unloading their catch of the day or the beautiful yachts perched in the bay. Mangonui is a playground for the adventurer and equally an opportunity for those that want to unwind.

Yvie is an amazing host. Always on call and willing to make sure your holiday is a memorable one. My heads says do not share this paradise with anyone as it is such a beautiful home and location, but my heart says this is a little piece of paradise that cannot be missed.”

Michelle & Paul, Perth