Far North Road Trip: Shipwreck Bay (Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay, New Zealand)

January, 2013

Ninety Mile Beach ends at the seaside village of Ahipara, but the beach itself continues on with a new name: Shipwreck Bay.  This bay is formed by the coastline sweeping out to the west for a time before heading southeast again.  This puts the beach at a perfect angle to make the sort of waves that attract surfers from all over and give the little town its surf vibe.

It was calm at the time of our visit so we didn’t see any surf action, but we did see plenty of cars parked on the beach, with people fishing, walking, and taking their dogs for a run.  This seems like the sort of place where people really enjoy the lifestyle. –Cyndi

Houses line the beach in Ahipara (New Zealand)

Houses line the beach in Ahipara (New Zealand)

Driving through Ahipara (New Zealand)

Driving through Ahipara (New Zealand)

Driving to Shipwreck Bay just south of Ahipara (New Zealand)

Driving to Shipwreck Bay just south of Ahipara (New Zealand)

Shipwreck Bay (New Zealand)

Shipwreck Bay (New Zealand)

You can take your car on the beach at Shipwreck Bay.  (New Zealand)

You can take your car on the beach at Shipwreck Bay. (New Zealand)

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