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

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


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