Matakana & Leigh, North Auckland
Things to do with friends and family in Leigh & Matakana. Just one hour north of Auckland City, this region has plenty to see and do for all ages. Why not check out these suggested activities – Matakana Country Park & the Glass Bottom Boat at Goat Island.
Located just one hour north of Auckland, Matakana Country Park is surrounded by lush valleys in one of the most beautiful areas of the North Island.
The park hosts a wide range of activities from pony rides, animal experience, miniature ride-on train and adventure playground for children to the crafts co-op, saturday farmers market, the RD6 restaurant, country kitchen cafe and art gallery for adults and families.
The park also hosts many special events such as concerts and equestrian events, and is also available offers and events and function centre. MORE INFO …
Glass Bottom Boat run trips at Goat Island Marine Reserve just outside Leigh, world renowned for its abundant marine life.
A most popular trip is the 45 minute Around Goat Island trip. This fascinating eco-tourism adventure gives various views of fish and abundant marine life both above and below the water. Also, admire the outer reefs and big caves of Goat Island. All trips have full commentary and are suitable for 3 years old and above.
Fish seen include snapper, blue maomao, parore, red moki, goatfish, leatherjackets, sweep, blue cod, spotties, kelpfish, marblefish, eagle rays and stingrays. Some of the snapper for which the reserve is famous, are a metre long and have lived in the reserve for many years.
Birds seen include pied shags, red-billed and Dominican seagulls, little blue penguins, reef herons, terns, gannets and petrels.
Other creatures seen include kina, turbans, kelp, seaweeds, mosses, lichens, sponges, anemones, and on a few occasions we have even seen marine mammals such as dolphins, orca and whales. MORE INFO …