Matai Bay is a remote northern beach well worth the journey, boasting soft white sand and stunning clear waters. Lying on a large circular inlet of the Pacific on New Zealand’s east coast, it offers some protection from the might of the ocean, making swimming, diving, fishing and boating all popular pastime activities for those who visit.
Those who step beyond the native Pohutukawa trees that line the beach will find walking trails that lead towards Matai Pa, where there are two beautifully carved traditional pou (territorial marker posts) symbolising protection of the waters and all its lifeforms.
Meaning “shining treasure”, Matai Bay is named after a metal-clad ship called The Shepherd that arrived gleaming in the sun’s rays, though the name could equally refer to the beach itself.
Neither fires nor pets are not allowed at Matai, or at the campground nearby.
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