If there’s one stretch of New Zealand’s coastline that incorporates all that is good about our inshore fishery, it’s the area out from Matakana. If you are a hunter-gatherer, this place has it all – a huge variety of finfish, scallops and crayfish. For those who prefer to look rather than touch, there is the world-famous marine reserve and research facilities at Leigh.
For boaties, there are two main launching points – Sandspit and Omaha. They have excellent all-tide access for trailer boats, and their estuaries are a haven for larger vessels that need mooring. The launching points are popular with those heading offshore to destinations such as Little Barrier and Great Barrier Islands, and the