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 toward 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.
Suggested itinerary 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
- Kerikeri 13 miles away
- Bay of Islands 18 miles away
- Paihia 20 miles away
- Russell 20 miles away
- The Kauri Coast 52 miles away
- 90 Mile Beach & Cape Reinga 58 miles away
- Warkworth 103 miles away
- Great Barrier Island 117 miles away
- Devonport 133 miles away
- Auckland 134 miles away
- Waiheke Island 137 miles away
- Coromandel Peninsula 167 miles away
- Waikato 169 miles away
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley 172 miles away
- Tauranga 222 miles away
- Waitomo 233 miles away
- Bay of Plenty 233 miles away
- Rotorua 251 miles away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 278 miles away
- Lake Taupo 279 miles away
- North Island 294 miles away
Photos of 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.