The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

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.

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