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What’s so great about Matauri Bay things to do and see

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Classic summer holiday destination

Find a classic summer holiday at Matauri Bay. Tha white sandy crescent shaped beach is a classic sun, sand and summer destination for beach lovers, surfers and divers. There is even a luxurious Kauri Cliffs golf resort, which has dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. The clarity of the shallow waters and opportunities to snorkel at the edges of the bay offer plenty of options for water sports fans. The cliff tops offer panoramic views over the headland and out to the Cavalli Islands.

WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore nearby Te Ngaere Bay loop road and travel to Mahinepua Peninsula where the deserted surf beaches of Matauri, Te Ngaere and Wainui invite visitors to be the only footprints on the sand
  • Rainbow Warrior is a diving hotspot with marine life flourishing in the artificial reef of the sunken vessel
Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand @Ruthanne Goh Le Yin
Matauri Bay @Ruthanne Goh Le Yin

The Rainbow Warrior

The Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace flagship vessel protesting against nuclear testing in the Pacific was deliberately sunk by the Fresh in 1985. The sunken vessel was relocated to Matauri Bay where it is now a dive site. The idea was proposed by the New Zealand Underwater Association. The perfect answer for a vessel whose job was to protect the environment. The vessel was towed north with a patched hull on 2 December 1987. Ten days later, a crowd of well-wishers looked on as it was given a traditional Maori burial. Today a flourishing marine reserve reflects the journey the boat has undertaken.The local Māori community maintains its guardianship and conservation.

The Rainbow Warrior Wreck @Paihia Dive Resevations The Rainbow Warrior Wreck @Paihia Dive Resevations
The Rainbow Warrior Memorial @Holger Weber, Greenpeace The Rainbow Warrior Memorial @Holger Weber, Greenpeace

WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE

The monument to the Rainbow Warrior is on the ridge overlooking Matauri Bay Holiday Park is the Rainbow Warrior Memorial (built by Chris Booth) with a large stone compass indicating where beneath the ocean the Rainbow Warrior Boat wreck is submerged.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS

  • Spend a few days or more in one of New Zealand’s premier holiday parks, Matauri Bay – The perfect holiday destination. The location is glorious with beaches at either end of the camp’s boundaries, the sand is just a few metres away or rock pools for those interested in investigating what the tide brought in. There is a dive fill station, a fuel depot and small grocery store attached to the camp.
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WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?

Matauri Bay is one of the sites for east Polynesian navigators landings over 900 years ago.

JUDGEMENT

  • The stuff of summer holidays
Matauri Bay, Northland, New Zealand @𝚂𝚄𝙼𝙼𝙴𝚁𝙱𝙾𝙾
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