Leaving from Matakana and returning via Leigh, the loop takes around an hour and covers most of the Matakana region. It is the perfect path for a Sunday drive or lazy day trip. It’s not an easy road; there are more twists and turns than a bad mystery novel so don’t rush, and be aware that there are often roadworks or sections of unsealed road. Starting in Matakana village, follow Matakana Valley Road into the hills, and turn right onto Pakiri Road (it is all well signposted). Stop off at Pakiri Beach, then head through Leigh, Whangateau and Big Omaha before completing the loop back into Matakana Village.