This and Kumutoto (the rest of Double Bay) are a scenic reserve administered by the Department of Conservation. The beach consists of small golden shingle with some sand at LW. Most of the beach is covered at HW.
Kaipakirikiri is the quieter alternative to Kumutoto in the summer months. The bay is good holding and shelter in SW to W but is open to SW to S winds. In strong N sector winds it can be gusty at the head of the bay off the beach and it is quieter to anchor to the western side, with a stern line to the bank. Alternatively the cove on the west side of the bay can be a good anchorage. There is a rock in the north end of this cove near the shore.
Ski lanes can be found at the northern tip of the bay. There are 2 Combined Clubs and a CharterLink club mooring in this bay.