Welcome to Leigh By The Sea

Matakana Coast & Country
Leigh, has many beautiful coastal, bush and farm walks.  Join our Leigh Coastal Walks event held over Anzac Weekend. This will be followed by an Open Day with demonstrations by Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade members.

The regional parks of Tawharanui, Scandretts and Mahurangi are just a short drive away and there are numerous beaches including Pakiri, Matheson Bay and Omaha.

New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Goat Island, Leigh has made the area famous as it is the best place to see marine life in abundance, just off the beach. Snorkel, scuba dive, watch the fish, explore the rocky shore, take a trip on the Glass Bottom Boat or kayak the coast.

Having been protected since 1975, this marine reserve has big snapper, blue maomao and many other species of fish close to shore. Dive and snorkel gear can be hired locally. Learn more about the marine life and studies by marine scientists at the new Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre.

During an easterly swell with an offshore wind, surfers have the choice of Daniel’s Reef, Tawharanui, Goat Island, Omaha or Pakiri.

Take a look at our wildlife page to find out more about the birds, whales and dolphins and other marine life in the Leigh area.

Stay a little longer in one of the accommodations in the area where there is something to suit all budgets. Camping grounds are situated at  Goat Island, Pakiri and Whangateau and there are a variety of bed and breakfast rooms and self-contained accommodations.

See the links at top of page to view the LeighbytheSea Facebook page or to watch some YouTube movies about local places. If you’d like to receive our newsletter (only 2-3 per year) and get up-to-date info on our guided Coastal Walks and other events, then subscribe at the newsletter link at the top of this page.

Events coming up…

Leigh School Carnival @ Leigh School
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


We have wonderful locally sourced food to sample; fresh Leigh fish, smoked fish and crayfish to win; well known fine wines and a brilliantly supported silent auction to bid on. The Easter Bunny will be showing up to run the Easter Egg Hunt and an Egg & Spoon race, alongside other Easter themed kids fun. We will also call 2 hidden spot prizes at approximately 10 am and 1pm. The lucky person standing on the right spot at each of those time will win a double pass to go on a Skyworks Helicopter Ride!  Our excellent Kapa Haka roopu will perform a powhiri at 9am to open the Carnival, so be there early as you wont want to miss that.

Leigh Coastal Walks
Apr 26 all-day

Leigh Coastal Walks


Join one of our Leigh Guided Walks during Anzac Weekend: Information on Walks

The Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre will be giving entry vouchers (2 for the price of 1) to all participants in the Leigh Coastal Walk event.

Supporting Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade


Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade Open Day
Apr 26 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm


fire-engine(follows the Leigh Coastal Walks)

at the Leigh Fire Station

Leigh First Response Rescue and First Aid Team

Followed by a sausage sizzle ($2 each)

All Welcome
Refreshments available