Pataua is made up of 2 holiday destinations popular with locals: Pataua North and Pataua South. Pataua South can be only reached by road via the Whangarei Heads. The two are joined by a charming footbridge. At low-tide locals enjoy digging for pipi (shellfish) in the sand – bring a bucket and give it a try.
There are no shops in the area so bring your own picnic and supplies.
Spend an hour or stay for the day – Pataua North is definitely worth including in your itinerary when you are staying in Whangarei.
Getting to Pataua North from your accommodation at Lupton Lodge:
- drive south on Ngunguru Rd. Turn left at Harris Road
- turn left at the T-junction
- follow Pataua North Road until you reach this little piece of paradise (this road is quite windy and takes about 20 mins)