From Ruru Cottage it is a pleasant 20 minute walk to the wharf and boat ramp through historic Totara North, or a few minutes by car. In the immediate vicinity there are several walks, you can go fishing, boating and enjoy the hostelry that offers meals most days of the week. Meals and takeaways are available in Whangaroa, Kaeo and Mangonui. There is a small supermarket in Kaeo 13kms away. Totara North is within easy driving distance of superb swimming beaches, kauri forest, big game fishing and golf. Boat Charters and harbour tours are available from Totara North and Whangaroa.