Attractions & Activities

Godwits in Flight Snells Beach

Looking for things to do in Matakana? From surfing to horse riding, paddleboarding, golf, shopping and spa treatments,  it’s all here on the Matakana Coast just one hour from Auckland.

Get back to nature on the Matakana Coast and discover the finest beaches close to Auckland – Tāwharanui, Omaha, Pākiri, Snells Beach.

Discover some of Auckland’s finest beaches and coastal landscapes right here on the city’s doorstep.

From protected coves to rolling surf breaks, the Matakana Coast offers miles of untouched sands, clear waters and abundant sea and bird life. Take to the waves on a surfboard or boogie board, ride a horse over forest and farm, savor the incredible variety of local wines, or cruise the offshore islands.

Snorkel with schools of snapper in New Zealand’s oldest protected marine reserve, Goat Island, or float above the fish in a glass-bottom boat or kayak.

If you’re feeling active, why not cruise to Kawau Island and walk from Mansion House Bay to the historic coppermine, or hike the Te Araroa trail from Pākiri to the summit of Mt Tamahunga for spectacular coastal views. Wander through towering native bush alive with birdsong at Tāwharanui Regional Park and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with endangered takahē and kiwi.

Pack your paddleboard and walking shoes, pick up a picnic and escape to nature and the beautiful beaches of the Matakana Coast.  You’ll find experiences to delight the whole family. Catch a movie in Matakana’s boutique cinemas, improve your golf handicap against a spectacular coastal backdrop, or drop into a day spa for a rejuvenating treatment.

Visit the historic pa and Maori village at Te Hana Te Ao Marama for an unforgettable cultural experience, or follow Puhoi’s Bohemian trail to discover the rich heritage of early European settlers.

With so much to do, so close together, your itinerary is as wide open as the Matakana skies.