"Matauri Bay" Matauri Bay by Robdaz

Matauri Bay Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 15 photos

Great Outdoor Getaway......

Matauri Bay is about 30 mins drive north from KeriKeri. Liked most bays in the Far North Region it has a beautiful crescent white sandy beach and clear blue water. This is surrounded by lush green mountain. What a great place to camp if you don't mind the crowded this time of the year.

We were their for 5 days , camping under one of the shady pine trees that lined the beach one end of the beach. We met some friendly campers who have been going their for years to spend their Christmas and New Year Holidays.
Most campers that we see have a boat and judging by the number fishes that were caught and scaled every evenings , this must be a very good fishing area.

A bit of history and legend.......

I found these interesting information from the net on Matauri Bay.

On the afternoon of the 20th December 1814 the Reverend Samuel Marsden, accompanied by friends landed on New Zealand soil at Putataua Bay at Matauri Bay. Their ship the brig "Active" having sailed from Parramata in New South Wales, Australia lay at anchor off Motukawanui, (the Cavalli Islands) sheltering from a storm before proceeding on to the Bay of Islands. Nicholas wrote in his journal - "on reaching the beach in the longboat, the Savage Warriors about one hundred and fifty in number, were on a hill that rose in a conical shape to a considerable height. Few were under 6ft tall, with determined faces and firm martial bearings, some had the teeth of their enemies slain in battle hung from their ears." Marsden and his colleagues were welcomed by the great Ngapuhi War Chief, Hongi Hika, with war dances and haka. They were invited to a feast and spent the night with Hongi and his people at Putataua Bay.

Around 1100 AD the Pacific migration from Polynesia (Hawaiki) by the seven great Waka, (canoes) heralded the arrival of the Maori in Aotearoa, (New Zealand). One of those legendary waka was "Mataatua". Under the chieftaincy of Puhi Moana Ariki, the Tipuna (ancestor) of the Ngapuhi tribe of Northland, the "Mataatua came North and settled in Takou Bay, where a memorial stone now marks the riverside grave where the waka was sunk and buried. A Hui (pilgrimage) by tribal decendants is held annually to pay respect and homage to the Mana of this legendary ancestor. "Mataatua 2", a Maori war canoe, was built by Ngapuhi decendants for the 1990 Waitangi Celebrations. It now rests at Matauri Bay.

Resting Place of the Rainbow Warrior.

Matauri Bay is one of the top 5 holiday camp in the country and is also famous for being the home of the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, that was bombed by french secret agent sone years ago. The memorial is erected on top of a hill overlooking this magnificent bay and the Cavalli Islands, the final restong place of the ship, and now a popular diving spot.

  • Last visit to Matauri Bay: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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