Urupukapuka Island
Urupukapuka Island
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  • Luckyphil
    Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic spot. Must visit
    What a magic spot. The ferry across was fun, weather was a little wild but the kids enjoyed the waves. They had a soft drink on board and you can purchase snacks and alcohol as well. It took about 1 hour from Paihia and was cheapest if you book advance on bookme (around 40%off). This trip arrives at 12:15 and returns at 4:15- ample time for us. You can down load a map of the island walks. You can do the walks or stay at the otehei beach as the cafe/bar is right there on tge beach. Lots of grass and shaded spots. Kayak hire available right there too. Once there the tracks have markers. They are quite steep for most small children and anyone that can’t walk well. The walk over to urapukapuka bay is the shortest (straight up and down). Lots of people camping over there. We chose to go to sunset bay- it was beautiful, we were the only ones there and even say a stingray. The walk there and back +swim there was about 1.5 hours. We had lunch at the cafe/bar, staff were wonderful. They do a beer on the island especially brewed for them and sell jugs and towers of beers. Icecream for the kids and they have their menu on line. The fish and chips we ordered wasn’t great, small fish and thick bready batter so the staff happily swapped for toasted sandwich which was superb. Great spot, awesome day and will definitely return to do more walks.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Holly K
    Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Way to Spend a Summers Day!
    The boat ride out to the island was beautiful with the captain and his staff funny and helpful. The island itself was packed making it very hard to get a table and chairs outside the only cafe on the island. The cafe food was mediocre, I would suggest making a picnic yourself if possible. We went snorkeling and unfortunately, that day we saw only 3 fish maximum, however, the water was wonderful. Kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkels are all available to hire for not too big of a rip-off.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 February 2024
  • BuzzieFamily
    Kitchener, Canada100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Circumnavigating an island with great views and beaches
    Hiking the trails around islands is a great thing to do in New Zealand -- try also Waiheke Island near Auckland (although that one can be very busy) and Quail Island near Christchurch. All three are reachable by nice ferry rides at reasonable prices; in the cae of Urupukapuka, it's about a 40-minute ride. There are many trials on Urupukapuka, but doing the circle island one is terrific. You can do it in 3 hours or so, depending on how long you stop at one of the beaches for a refreshing swim virtually alone even at the height of summer. On the hike, there is something beautiful to see at basically every turn in the trail. And when you get back to the ferry dock, there is a nice bistro with lots of brews on tap after the hike. A great day trip!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2024
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BuzzieFamily
Kitchener, Canada100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Hiking the trails around islands is a great thing to do in New Zealand -- try also Waiheke Island near Auckland (although that one can be very busy) and Quail Island near Christchurch. All three are reachable by nice ferry rides at reasonable prices; in the cae of Urupukapuka, it's about a 40-minute ride. There are many trials on Urupukapuka, but doing the circle island one is terrific. You can do it in 3 hours or so, depending on how long you stop at one of the beaches for a refreshing swim virtually alone even at the height of summer. On the hike, there is something beautiful to see at basically every turn in the trail. And when you get back to the ferry dock, there is a nice bistro with lots of brews on tap after the hike. A great day trip!
Written 6 March 2024
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Katie M
Wales37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Wonderful day out had a fantastic day. Lovely food, chilling in a bean bag in the sun with fantastic views. Highly recommend.
Written 13 February 2024
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Holly K
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The boat ride out to the island was beautiful with the captain and his staff funny and helpful. The island itself was packed making it very hard to get a table and chairs outside the only cafe on the island. The cafe food was mediocre, I would suggest making a picnic yourself if possible. We went snorkeling and unfortunately, that day we saw only 3 fish maximum, however, the water was wonderful. Kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkels are all available to hire for not too big of a rip-off.
Written 13 February 2024
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Luckyphil
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a magic spot. The ferry across was fun, weather was a little wild but the kids enjoyed the waves. They had a soft drink on board and you can purchase snacks and alcohol as well. It took about 1 hour from Paihia and was cheapest if you book advance on bookme (around 40%off). This trip arrives at 12:15 and returns at 4:15- ample time for us. You can down load a map of the island walks. You can do the walks or stay at the otehei beach as the cafe/bar is right there on tge beach. Lots of grass and shaded spots. Kayak hire available right there too. Once there the tracks have markers. They are quite steep for most small children and anyone that can’t walk well. The walk over to urapukapuka bay is the shortest (straight up and down). Lots of people camping over there. We chose to go to sunset bay- it was beautiful, we were the only ones there and even say a stingray. The walk there and back +swim there was about 1.5 hours. We had lunch at the cafe/bar, staff were wonderful. They do a beer on the island especially brewed for them and sell jugs and towers of beers. Icecream for the kids and they have their menu on line. The fish and chips we ordered wasn’t great, small fish and thick bready batter so the staff happily swapped for toasted sandwich which was superb.
Great spot, awesome day and will definitely return to do more walks.
Written 21 January 2024
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mdc12963
Wellington, New Zealand49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Yesterday I went on the great sights boat to Urupukapuka Island for the day and did lots of walking on the diffrent track's
Written 1 August 2023
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David M
Shrewsbury, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We booked via the bookings and information centre at the harbour. The ferry was ‘fullers great sights’. We paid $60 pp for a trip out to the island via the harbour at Russell. This is about a 45 minute trip to Otehei Bay on the island. We left at 11:30am and caught the ferry back at 5:45pm. That allowed us a good 5 hours on the island. We were able to swim, & relax and walk to other areas of the island. It was a fabulous trip and well worth the money we paid. We found a beach on the other side of the island with very few people on it and swam there. We were even joined by a large stingray in the shallow waters. The island has a great little cafe that serves hot & cold food and soft drinks/alcoholic drinks. All in all, it was a great day out. You don’t need to pay anymore money for fancy trips around all the islands. You’ll get enough from this trip alone.
Written 13 March 2023
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jrr270455
Allambie Heights, Australia1,298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We had a great 4 hour experience but you could certainly do a longer day. Ferry at 8.40 (although was running a little late) took about 40 mins with some skirting around other islands and entertaining commentary by the ferry master (couldn’t catch his name but excellent). Trip back 1215 ferry (again late cause of other pick ups) took less time. Some wonderful but very hilly walks - wear appropriate shoes and attire - and if organised and time swimming, kayaking and refreshments at the pub cafe. You can stay out there as well. They could do with crowd control system at the island in particular- twas a shambles with many ignoring signs and having to back up. Overall great day
Written 25 January 2023
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ceceliainDC
Washington DC626 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Supposedly part of the marine mammal reserve but more like a party island. People stopover here for lunch as part of a larger tour or spend the day here to drink.
We kayaked and snorkeled but the place was devoid of fish and there were so many boats moored in every tucked away beach and cove. There were no fish to be seen. The kayak rental agency actually suggested we take a rock and crush a sea urchin in order to see fish. I was horrified. And as we took the final ferry back to mainland at 5:45 I was appalled at the drunken state of so many people.
No wildlife to be seen but we did see one man puking in the bushes and his drunken friends laughing at him.
Written 21 January 2023
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JJawandering
Lethbridge, Canada333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I loved the easy, generally well signposted hikes, the sound of tuis and sheep and the beautiful bays. It is a well managed conservation area.
Written 23 December 2022
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Minters
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Part of the Hole in the Rock cruise if you do the 8.15am trip, you get to stay here for 1.5 hours and enjoy a leisurely lunch and swim and see the huge snapper off the wharf
Written 18 December 2022
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