Home to summer’s Mahurangi Regatta
Sullivans Bay is a sheltered sandy beach within the Mahurangi Regional Park. It is home to the popular Mahurangi Regatta, which has been held at least since 1865. In 1977 it was revived by Friends of the Mahurangi – it had lapsed during World War Two. The regatta is held on the Saturday of Auckland Anniversary weekend – January 24, in 2009. The bay has a camp – contact the Auckland Regional Council for more information – and three feature walks. The Mita Bay Loop Track takes about two hours return and offers a steep climb up to Tungutu Point and through native bush to Mita Bay’s beautiful beach. The Cudlip Point Loop Track is about 3km and also takes about two hours return. Follow the red markers from the southern end of the main carpark. The track leads across open pastures up to Cudlip Point and down to the foreshore where birds roost on the rocks and small shelly beaches. The three-hour Te Muri Loop track is unmarked and accessible only at half tide or less. Start from the car park at the park entrance and follow the park track down to Te Muri Beach. It goes past an intriguing old cemetery. To reach the regional park, turn off State Highway One into the Mahurangi West Rd – halfway between Orewa and Warkworth. Six kilometres along this scenic ridge road, turn right onto Ngarewa Drive and follow the gravel road to the end.