Natural Attractions

Godwits in Flight Snells Beach

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. 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.