Mathe­son Bay

Sea la­goon with all-tide swim­ming

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Ship­builders Dun­can and An­gus Mathe­son sailed to New Zealand from Nova Sco­tia in 1856 and set­tled in the bay. They built six ves­sels be­tween 1864 and 1899, and were well known coastal and blue-wa­ter skip­pers, ac­cord­ing to Jade River, A His­tory of the Mahu­rangi, by R H Locker. The bay is now a pop­u­lar all-tide swim­ming and snorkling lo­ca­tion. It is close to a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Matakana Mar­ket, wine­tast­ing at the ar­eas vine­yards and Goat Is­land Marine Re­serve. A cliff-top walk­way me­an­ders around the coast giv­ing fan­tas­tic views and fin­ishes at Mathe­son Bay where a bush walk fol­lows the river to Leigh Rd. Pakiri and Omaha beaches are within easy driv­ing dis­tance. Bird life in­cludes na­tive par­rot kaka, bell­birds, tui and kereru. Lit­tle blue pen­guins feed around the coast dur­ing the day and come ashore at night. Aus­tralasian gan­nets, pied shags and oys­ter catch­ers are com­mon. Dol­phins and orca are of­ten seen close to shore. The bay is about 90 min­utes drive north of Auck­land, turn right at Walk­worth’s sec­ond set of traf­fic lights, pass through Matakana and it’s just af­ter Whangateau.

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