Spanning kilometres of white sandy coastline to the south east of Wellsford is Pakiri. It's a location made to enjoy, with every kind of beach activity available, a beautiful regional park and plenty of places to stay.
Pakiri lies at the southern border of the Wellsford area and lies within easy readch of Goat Island, renowned for some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving conditions on earth as well as Matakana Village.
GETTING TO PAKIRI
Pakiri isn't far from Wellsford as the crow flies but the windy drive is scenic and involves metalled road for the last stretch, making it about a 35 minute trip. If you're in Wellsford, head east off State Highway One and drive through the Whangaripo Valley, following the signs to Pakiri. If you're further south, head east from Warkworth and follow the signs to Leigh, then Pakiri.
There's parking at the beach entrance, along with public toilets.
Swimming and walking
The beach is ideal for swimming, surfing and kayking and you can even try your hand at beach fishing.
While there's plenty of beach to stretch your legs on, the best views are higher up and Pakiri's regional park has pedestrian access open 24 hours, for walking or simply enjoying a picnic.
As of mid-2019, dogs are no longer allowed on Pakiri Beach.
One of Pakiri's best known activities is horse riding, offering a different way to explore the beach, native bush and farmland in the area with truly spectacular views in every direction. The long-established Pakiri Beach Horse Rides lets everyone enjoy this activity, with horses suitable for all levels of riders.
Camping is available at the popular Pakiri Beach Holiday Park and you'll find other cabin and holiday house accommodation in where to stay.