San Marino

Units Now Selling

 After 50 years as a much loved motel and having hosted generations of family holidays, it is time for a change of direction.
A small number of very lucky new owners have the chance to own a share in the San Marino property and a unit of your very own.
You can leave your unit in the holiday letting pool for income, keep it for yourself and your loved ones to enjoy, or do a combination of both.


Enjoy carefree days of soaking up the sun, sea, and the perfect view.

The San Marino at Coopers Beach still has that summer holiday vibe, where you walk barefoot from your breakfast table to the beach for a swim and then take out a kayak and catch snapper for dinner.
You can walk, run, kayak, paddleboard, fish, dine out, and use your unit as a base for all the other attractions in the Far North.

One of NZ’s best kept secrets…

Where else can you have such peace and relaxation? Here you can get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a break. Staying here feels like the old style NZ beach holidays we used to have when we were kids.
Coopers is one of NZ’s most beautiful and safest swimming beaches. The ancient pohutukawa lining the beaches provide the perfect shade for relaxing between activities.

the best spot on the best beach

The San Marino, situated right on the beach front, is the only property with direct access right onto the beach where you can walk directly off the front lawn onto the soft sand of Coopers Beach. Every unit has an unobstructed view of the whole bay and its stunning sunsets. 
Sit out the front of your unit and enjoy meals with family and friends and watch the ever changing stunning coastal landscape with the treasured pohutukawa on either side.

The Beautiful winterless north

It can be raining everywhere else in Northland while we have our own little sunny and dry microclimate where you drive over the hill into gorgeous Coopers Beach and the sun is still shining.
You can even join the friendly locals and swim laps of the bay, walk the beach, or curl up and read a book all year round! 

Explore the aquatic playground

There are so many options for water based activities, from the energetic to the very laid back.
You can kayak straight out from the front of the motel and catch snapper for dinner, or paddle round to the rockpools for a snorkel.
You could meet friends in the bay for a sail, windsurf, or paddle board, go for a swim surrounded by our regular dolphin visitors, or just relax on  your sun lounger on the new deck.

surrounded by nature

Coopers Beach is in the centre of so many nature based outdoor activities; you can ride horses on the beach or over the hills, explore the carefully maintained local bush trails, take in a round or two at the world famous Carrington and Kauri Cliffs golf courses, and then afterwards, sit down and talk about your adventures with a great coffee at any of the local cafes.

in the local neighbourhood

They don’t call the world famous fish and chip shop at Mangonui “the best fish and chip shop in NZ” for nothing.
Just a quick 5 minute drive to local restaurants and cafes or to buy  fresh seafood off the trawler and bring it back for a barbecue.
Five minutes the other way you can enjoy Northland’s best icecreams at the Cable Bay Dairy, or explore all the local artisan food producers and markets within a 10 minute radius of the San Marino.

go a little further afield…

Coopers Beach is the gateway to the iconic Karikari Peninsula and the white sands of Maitai Bay.
Head south for the surfing or diving in stunning Matauri Bay, or travel only an hour away and dive the Rainbow Warrior shipwreck. While at Waitangi, have a two wheeled adventure at the spectacular mountain bike park, or go sailing in the Bay of Islands.
For the coffee lover, visit NZ’s only commercial coffee grower then visit the local wineries for a delicious lunch.

revitalising and recharging

Looking for a massage or beauty treatment? We have an abundance of options. Coopers Beach has a range of different styles of massage therapists or you can book in for a relaxing facial or pedicure with one of the local beauty therapists.
Join a yoga class, go for a run on the beach, or hike through the pristine native bush on the tracks to the Rangikapiti Pa site high on the hill above the San Marino and enjoy the view of the entire bay.

Who are we and what are we doing with the san marino?

A little bit of the back story for anyone who is interested…      

I (Melanie) am a kiwi and have been coming to Coopers with family and friends for 30 years.
These days I live part of my time in Brisbane, and the balance in NZ to be closer to my parents and family.

My sister and I were up here at Coopers a few years ago looking for a summer base, where we could get together for beach holidays, with my parents who are in Whangarei and our brother and his family in Auckland.

We were walking on the beach and Hayley said ‘The most perfect location on this beach is that motel. It is sheltered and quiet and has the best access onto the beach of the whole bay, and look at that amazing unobstructed view’. Discussions with the San Marino owner lead to an agreement for the sale of the motel with a handover process over a couple of years.

Fast forward and we have had 3 glorious summers here, enjoying extended stays with my family and friends, while our fantastic manager Tania, has been running the property as half motel, half family holiday house.

To bring our vision to life, I talked to some smart people and they came up with a way to set up a company structure for the motel, where all owners can have a share in the company, as well as their very own unit.
We have now started renovating to execute this vision and it is time to select our fellow unit owners.

“We enjoyed a quiet and comfortable stay at San Marino. I loved hearing the waves lapping the shore and having the beach on our doorstep at this magic location!” B. Dub

“The views are beautiful 🤗 enjoyed every moment from great customer service to an amazing host that made sure we were catered too for every need. ❤️‍🔥 room was very spacious. The experience of staying in one of these hotels at Cooper’s is just an amazing experience. From great neighbors to great customer service, to an amazing stay. I will personally be back to enjoy this hidden spot with my family… thanks”

A. Selwyn

“A beautiful and peaceful place to rest and enjoy with family. The rooms are simple and comfortable. The room view makes this place priceless” L. Martins

“Fantastic water front location, great for a get away or longer! Definitely recommend!”Michelle

“Loved location, close to beach and Mangonui township. will stay again.” Colin

“Loved our room with the tv the beach hop skip and jump absolutely stunning the bbq area.i loved everything about it😊” Manish

“Spectacular and breathtaking views” Tania

interested in having your own unit, right on the beach?

Find out more about how to secure your own unit.

3 San Marino Drive, Coopers Beach 0420, New Zealand