Sul­li­vans Bay

Home to sum­mer’s Mahu­rangi Re­gatta

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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.

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