Matata there are plenty of things to do. Discover Matata, a town that has to move due to climate change yet retains a community spirit. Birdlife galore in the Matata lagoon, sand spit estuary and classic DOC campsite in the Bay of Plenty.
WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS
- Matata white sandy 10m beach offers visitors stunning views of Rurima (Turtle Island), Motuhora (Whale), and Whakaari (White Island)
- Surfcast fishing off the beach for snapper and gurnard.
- Safe swimming within the sandbar where there is shallow tidal water
- Matata beach is framed by southern headland cliffs and pohutukawa trees.
- Whakatane is 20 minutes drive along state highway 2
- Matata Lagoon is a great place to stretch the legs
Matata Lagoon 1 km walk showcases birdlife with superb news of the islands of Moutohora and Whakaari/White Island and views down the East Coast. For those wanting to bird watch there’s a shelter to sit in and observe the birdlife. Birdlife includes the elusive Matuku/Australasian Bittern or Mātātā/Fernbird. No dogs.
There is a general store, art & craft store and a hotel.
- The beach has steep drops and can be hazardous for swimmers
- Mark Dobson awarded World of Wearable Art prize in Weta Workshop Costume and Film Section for his fish skin garment
WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE
- From Tauranga pull over and soak up the views of pumice cliffs against the sea and sand
- Matata Lagoon
- Tyres forming a pontoon named ‘Taiwha’ or the dragon of Matata
- Accommodation doesn’t come any better than a classic family camping ground. Murphy’s Holiday Camp | A family business since 1965. Stay ranges from 6 classic cabins and 2 self-contained cabins. The cabins range from 2 – 6 berth, all containing fridges, stoves, hot & cold water and a fully equipped kitchenette. The self-contained cabins also include a toilet and shower. Powered and non-powered sites. Open only in the summer months from November to March.
- Matatā conservation campsite: Matatā area Department of Conservation family campsite in a coastal setting with excellent fishing and swimming next to the Matatā wildlife refuge. No dogs are allowed. Booking is required. The site is on the beach, it doesn’t get any better for a beachside location, complete with few people, space aplenty and birdlife.
WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE NAME
- Matata means “dividing waters”. Before the Rangitaiki Plains were converted into pasture the Rangitaiki River flowed into the Tarawera River
- Approximately 600
- Kiwi classic summer holiday, check out Murphys Campground vintage photos for proof.
Every town adds to the richness of things to do and see. For more details about the region check Tauranga & Bay of Plenty Region nearby attractions and events.
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