Nestled between Tauranga Harbour and the Pacific Ocean, Matakana Island offers a unique experience. Perfect for swimming and surfing, fishing on the beach can also prove to be a lot of fun. Guided tours here are available.
The island’s long, white sandy beach is popular with surfers. Surfers can either catch a water taxi from Mount Maunganui or paddle to the island across the mouth of Tauranga Harbour. 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 seabirds, including the endangered New Zealand dotterel. This island can be seen from most points around the Tauranga Harbour. From Mauao to Pilot Bay and Sulphur point through to and past Otumoetai. The Tauranga Harbour provides great fishing out and around Matakana Island.
The island itself is very narrow, and spans from Mount Maunganui to Bowentown. Matakana Island is 20 kilometres (12 mi) in length but rarely more than 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) wide.
If you are looking for something different to do, this island will provide you with that experience.