Leigh Har­bour

Fish­ing vil­lage with awe­some views

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The sea­side vil­lage of Leigh was named af­ter Samuel Leigh, a Wes­leyan mis­sion­ary of the Hokianga who had vis­ited the small har­bour on at least one oc­ca­sion, ac­cord­ing to The Rock and the Sky, The Story of Rod­ney County, by H Mab­bett. The vil­lage was off­i­cally sur­veyed and named in 1858 by sur­vey­ors Hea­phy and Baber but re­mained com­monly known as Lit­tle Omaha for many years. There was no road to Leigh un­til about 1890. So if peo­ple wanted to get from Matakana to Leigh they had to ei­ther travel by boat or go over land or fol­low the coast­line or do a com­bi­na­tion of both. The Leigh Wharf was built for £300 in about 1877 and was re­placed in the early 1980s at a cost of about $140,000. The area re­mains a com­mer­cial fish­ing vil­lage but is also a re­treat for re­tired peo­ple, a hol­i­day spot and it at­tracts tourists to the pop­u­lar Leigh Sawmill Cafe, nearby Goat Is­land Marine Re­serve, and its coastal walk­ways.

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