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Bus

InterCity has three or four coaches a day to and from Auckland (from $23, 2½ hours), Whangarei (from $18, 25 minutes), Kawakawa (from $28, 1½ hours), Paihia (from $25, 1¾ hours) and Kerikeri (from $25, 2¼ hours).

Mana Bus, in association with Naked Bus, has two or three daily coaches to and from Auckland (from $17, two hours), Warkworth (from $15, one hour), Whangarei ($10, 45 minutes), Kawakawa ($14, 1¾ hours) and Paihia ($14, two hours).

Car

Waipu Cove can be reached by a particularly scenic route that heads from Mangawhai Heads through Langs Beach. Otherwise, turn off SH1 38km south of Whangarei.