Located 30km north of Kerikeri on New Zealand’s North Island, Mataurai Bay is a stunning holiday destination just north of the Bay of Islands. Boasting over a kilometre of crystal waters and stunning white sand, Matauri Bay holidays offer an aquatic playground with fantastic options for the whole family. A picturesque beach settlement, Matauri Bay is just 40 minutes east of Whangaroa Harbour, famous for its game fishing.
This Matauri Bay travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this spectacular oceanic holiday destination. With breathtaking views of the Cavalli Islands, Matauri Bay offers an outstanding range of recreational activities including swimming, snorkelling, surfing, diving, fishing and jetskiing. For those who prefer dry land, there are also some incredible golf courses with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Overlooking the white sand and crystal waters of the local beaches, Mataurai Bay offers an excellent range of options for all budgets and travellers. Conveniently located close to the towns aquatic playground, shopping, dining and recreational activities, Matauri Bay accommodation ranged from 3 stars to 5 stars and includes everything in between. From comfortable motels and boutique resorts to luxury hotels, self-catering apartments and even charming bed and breakfasts, Matauri accommodation is ideal for couples and families. Enjoying beautiful views of the coastline and ocean, Matauri Bay accommodation is also home to a great range of onsite facilities. Book Mataurai Bay Accommodation Book Now
One of Matauri Bay’s biggest attractions are its golden sands and crystal waters, with an easterly swell making it a popular surfing spot. Of course the peaceful beach is also popular for swimming and snorkelling, but head up to the ridge above the bay and you’ll discover panoramic views of the Cavallil Islands out over the headland. The islands are a favourite among divers thanks to their unique selection of marine life but perhaps the biggest attraction is the Rainbow Warrior, the remains of a sunken Greenpeace ship which has now become a living reef teeming with marine life. Of course no visit to Mataurai Bay would be complete without a visit to the unforgettable war canoe (waka) Mataatua II. Commemorating the great Pacific migration, New Zealand’s first Maori people arrived to the island aboard the Mataatua 700 years ago.
Matauri Bay was the landing site for some of New Zealand’s first Polynesian navigators and was also the site of some of the first Maori contact with Europeans, beginning with Samuel Marsden, a missionary, in 1814. The Rainbow Warrior was a Greenpeace ship which was sunk in 1985 by the French intelligence, following anti-nuclear war protests. It’s now one of Matauri Bay’s most popular attractions and its unique living reef is especially popular with divers.