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 Kaikoura.


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.