A long, flat island mostly covered with pine forest, Matakana has one of New Zealand's best beach breaks for surfing. A powerful north-easterly swell on a high tide produces great sand barrels. Matakana's surf side is a nesting site for a large number of sea birds, including the endangered New Zealand dotterel.
To get to Matakana Island to surf, you will need your own boat or find someone in a boat to take you. It is illegal to paddle across from Mount Maunganui.
It's possible to visit the inner harbour side of Matakana island on a guided tour, which involves a ferry trip and a journey across tidal sand flats on a restored 1914 wagon drawn by Clydesdale horses. The trip includes historic sites and a barbecue lunch.
Copyright 1999-2009 Tourism New Zealand
The photos displayed on this page are the property of one of the following authors:
This travel guide also includes text from Wikitravel articles, all available at View full credits
This travel guide also includes text from Wikipedia articles, all available at View full credits