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.
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 beach is ideal for swimming, surfing and kayking and you can even try your hand at beach fishing. Nearby Goat Island is renowned for some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving conditions on earth.
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.
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.