Explore a coastal and marine haven
Renowned for it's excellent, safe snorkeling and home to one of the best live music venues in NZ.
Leigh offers pristine waters for snorkelling and diving at Goat Island and Matheson Bay; surfing, walking or horse riding at unspoiled Pakiri Beach, an unique reptile park; gulf fishing charters; kayak and snorkel hire; Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre; glass bottom boat trips, annual fishing competition and stunning coastal walking tracks.
The seaside village of Leigh is a 15 minutes drive from Matakana, via the Whangateau Harbour. A spectacular view of Little Barrier (Hauturu) dominates the horizon. With extensive history of the Maori Tribes- Ngati Wai and Ngati Manuhiri and early settlement in 1858 by Europeans, Leigh is a perfect spot for a family holiday, with beautiful beaches and plenty to do. The best swimming is at nearby Matheson Bay or the famous Goat Island Marine Reserve. The marine reserve at Goat Island is a day out in itself. Visitors are amazed by the huge variety of marine life.
Leigh provides some fantastic eating options and a relaxed atmosphere, which is perfectly enhanced by the Leigh Sawmill Cafe and Leigh Eats.
The Leigh Harbour boasts a lovely walkway to watch the fishing boats coming in with their catches, or throw in a line at the wharf. Divers can book a charter boat to take them out to a number of beautiful local dive spots around local islands, including Little and Great Barrier Islands, the Hen and Chickens and Sail Rock.
Leigh has some great annual events & music events to make sure you look at for: Leigh Fishing Competition, weekly bands/ concerts at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh School Easter Gala and Labour weekend Gala.
For Leigh Harbour Walks
Clear kayaks, known as a 'Clearyak’, are a brand new way to explore New Zealand marine life up close. They offer a pure, peaceful experience and the vision beneath you is amazingl..more..
Goat Island NZ Glass Bottom Boat Tours Kayak & Snorkel Hire runs a popular, fully commentated 45-minute tour showcasing the area’s abundant marine life, fauna, birds, reef..more..
Welcome to Goat Island Dive & Snorkel, 5-Star PADI Dive Centre. We offer a comprehensive range of snorkel and scuba hire or you can purchase your own set from our retail store...more..
A visit to the centre is a must for all visitors to Goat Island, it is only 250m from the main beach. Learn all about the reserve and fish life before snorkelling with our stunning ..more..
A small, friendly business group who meet regularly, Achievements include a high quality colour business and map brochure plus Leigh Walk brochure featuring six walks, a stunning we..more..
The Coastline between Ti Point and Goat Island offer up to 5 great walks, which will provide you with stunning views over the Northern part of the Matakana Coast Wine Country. T..more..
Leigh Central Coastels: Brand new and located right in the heart of Leigh Village, the Leigh Central Coastels are five stylish self-contained motel units with a kiwi beach house fee..more..
This holiday house is situated just above the Leigh harbour on 7 acres of mainly bush & organic gardens, with spectacular views. The self-contained 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house i..more..
Choose Saltwater Eco and enjoy New Zealand's natural environments responsibly. Saltwater Eco we pride ourselves on doing things differently. Our unique Saltwater Offerings..more..
Ti Point Reptile Park displays a unique collection of both native and exotic species. The Reptile Park is the only zoo in New Zealand that specialises in reptiles. ..more..