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Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Stretching north from the popular Bay of Islands, the Twin Coast Discovery Highway leads you through some of the Northland’s finest coastal scenery, an area which experiences far fewer visitors and therefore remains sublimely untouched.

The Matauri Bay Loop Road takes you from the main highway out towards the Mahinepua Peninsula which looks out over the picturesque Cavalli Islands scattered offshore.

The loop road skirts several stunning bays including Matauri, Te Ngaere and Wainui, home to some of the Northland’s finest small lodges and pretty, surf-driven sands.

The Rainbow Warrior

At Matauri Bay you can visit the monument to the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace flagship which was deliberately sunk by the French in 1985 and is now a popular dive site.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Matauri Bay

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Matauri Bay, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Matauri Bay

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    Places near Matauri Bay

    Accommodation choices for Matauri Bay

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Matauri Bay. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

      Kauri Cliffs

      Opulent

      Set on 6,000 acres of land with spectacular views over Matauri Bay and the offshore Cavalli Islands, Kauri Cliffs is amongst the most exclusive and luxurious in all New Zealand.