Whare-ririki Bay is shallow and boats should keep at least 100 m from the shore line. A good freshwater stream flows into the southern end of the beach, with pools suitable for bathing. There is a hulk on the shore next to the stream. The bay is open to all winds and not recommended as an overnight anchorage.
Since 1983, the name of this bay has been officially spelt as Wharairiki Bay.1
It is named for a small flax plant found growing in the area. The type of flax found in the bay is used for items such as mats.2
1. “Wharairiki Bay”, New Zealand Gazetteer, (Land Information New Zealand, 2018), accessed, June 26, 2018, https://gazetteer.linz.govt.nz/place/7016 .
2. Olive Baldwin, Story of New Zealand’s French Pass and d’Urville Island (Plimmerton: Fields Publishing House, 1979) 140.