Anaura Bay Travel Guide

Anaura Bay

One of the loveliest of the East Coast beaches, Anaura Bay’s stretch of white sand, backed by regenerating native bush, makes a glorious vista. Just 85km north of Gisborne, between Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay, this seaside town was the spot of Captain Cook’s second landfall in New Zealand.  He berthed the Endeavour just offshore, no doubt enticed by the bay’s beauty.  The beach has soft, white sand and great swimming, boating, diving and fishing. Anaura Bay is steeped in Maori history and the local marae has a rare painted meeting house.

There are some wonderful walks in the area – a pleasant way to discover the region’s unspoiled beauty. Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve is good place to begin, with regenerating broadleaf forest, large native puriri trees and a wealth of native birdlife. Walkers can tackle 3.5 km Anaura Bay Walkway (2 hours) as it winds through coastal forest, grassy hills and pine-clad valleys. En route, there are magnificent views of the bay, Motuoroi Island and the southern coastline. Further afield, you can enjoy fishing, surfing and wineries at Gisborne to the south and the hot pools at Te Puia Springs to the north.