Welcome to Leigh By The Sea

Auckland’s Coastal Paradise

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Just one hour’s drive from Auckland city, Leigh is the home of New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Goat Island. There’s no better place to see marine life in abundance, just off the beach. The best way to see the fishes and other marine life is by snorkelling or diving. Equipment is available to hire at The Octopus Hide Away or Goat Island Dive. Learn more about the marine life and marine science at the  Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre a fantastic facility suitable for all ages.

Stay a little longer in one of the accommodations which include camping groundsbed and breakfast guest accommodation and self-contained.

Leigh has many beautiful coastal, bush and farm walks and is close to Tawharanui, Scandretts, Mahurangi and Pakiri Regional Parks. Beaches include the white sand and surf of Pakiri and Omaha and the sheltered, calm Matheson Bay.

Take a look at Leigh’s wildlife page to find out more about the birds, whales, dolphins and other marine life and the Walks page if you feel like a bit of a wander.

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Events coming up…

Masquerade Ball @ Sawmill Cafe
Aug 1 @ 9:00 pm


With the fantastic WHITE CHAPEL JAK & Guest Drummer
Dress Up! No Mask No Entry! From 9pm – band on from 10pm.
Tickets $30 available soon at the Sawmill & Leigh Preschool


The Orlando Sisters @ Sawmill Cafe
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm

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