Where we are

We are located in the far north of New Zealand's North Island. Little Lakes Retreat is north-east of Kaitaia, between Awanui and Doubtless Bay, convenient for local activities and trips to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. It is 20 km. to Ninety Mile Beach at Waipapakauri on the west coast and 20 km. to Coopers Beach and Mangonui in Doubtless Bay on the east coast.


How to get here

By air:
There are two daily return commuter flights from Auckland to Kaitaia Airport (about 15 minutes drive away) operated by Barrier Air and upto 4 flights a day to Kerikeri Airport (about 60 minutes drive) operated by Air New Zealand Link. Rental cars at Kaitaia Airport are available from Northland Rentals.

By road:
Travelling here by car by the direct route using State Highways 1 and 10, the journey time from Auckland is about four and a half hours without stops. Travelling the Twin Coast Discovery Highway - a world-class touring route leaving from, and returning to, Auckland - requires at least two days in each direction to visit the many interesting and beautiful attractions along the way.

You can follow State Highway 1 north from Auckland and 13 km. after Kawakawa, turn right at Pakaraka junction on to State Highway 10. Pass through Kerikeri (Bay of Islands), Kaeo, Mangonui and Kaingaroa. At the top of the long hill out of Kaingaroa, turn right into Pairatahi Road. Little Lakes Retreat is 3 km. on the left-hand side.

Coming from Kaitaia, Kaitaia Airport and Awanui, follow State Highway 10 towards Mangonui for 5.5 km. and Pairatahi Road is on the left, before the hill down to Kaingaroa.


Map of our location

Click on the buttons of the interactive map below to zoom in or zoom out or click on the marker to get driving instructions.

For more information about activities to do and places to visit in this area, see our Activities and Attractions page.