Manuka Bay Lodge is superbly
located in a natural un-spoiled coastal environment,
with pockets of native and exotic forest, rolling
farmland, lovely sculptured cliffs, and sea views.
Its secluded beach setting offers surfcasting
or Salmon River fishing at the Hurunui Mouth.
Truly one of natures treasure troves.
Manuka Bay is situated on the
North Canterbury East Coast between Gore Bay and
the Hurunui River Mouth. It is one and a half
hours drive North from Christchurch International
Airport, and ¾ of an our drive South of
Access to Manuka Bay Lodge is from Cathedral Road,
this is part of a scenic loop of road leading
off State Highway One. The Southern turn-off is
at Domett down the Hurunui Mouth Road, the Northern
turn-off is at Cheviot through Gore Bay. The Beach
Manuka Bay is a large picturesque beach mainly
sand with some areas of small pebbles and very
private as it is surrounded by private farm land.
The only access being through a private farm road.
Around the headland at the west end of the beach
is the Hurunui River mouth with excellent fishing
of both salmon and clear whitebait, a great delicacy.
This river is great for jet-boating navigable
all year for a great many kilometers, and as you
head upstream the trout fishing gets better. The
Eastern headland of Manuka Bay is known as Port
Robinson and was an active port in the earlier
days of European settlement in New Zealand, it
has now been abandoned. Heading North from Port
Robinson is a fantastic natural geographical feature
known as Cathedral Cliffs; you can view these
and look beyond to Gore Bay. This makes for a
postcard picture. Gore Bay has public access and
is one of the South Islands best surf beaches.
It has many holiday houses and a popular swimming
beach in the summer. Manuka Bay is a great fishing
beach with many good eating species caught surfcasting
form the beach. For Scuba divers there is a plentiful
supply of crayfish or spiny lobster. The beach
is sunny and has some great picnic locations.