Welcome to Leigh By The Sea

Matakana Coast & Country

Auckland’s Coastal Paradise – One hours drive from the city

Stay 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.

New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Goat Island, Leigh is 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.

Leigh, has many beautiful coastal, bush and farm walks and you can pick up a Walk brochure. The regional parks of Tawharanui, Scandretts, Mahurangi and Pakiri are just a short drive away and there are numerous beaches including Pakiri, Matheson Bay and Omaha.

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.

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…

Pet Day @ Leigh School
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

1412234_10152397415318907_486183596785919236_oIt’s on the first Saturday of Term 4 and we’ve put it on a Saturday so more families, locals & visitors can come along and enjoy a day out at our lovely little school. There will be all the usual old fashioned exhibits (e.g. best floral saucer & vegetable creation) & pet parade, dog agility etc PLUS – Horse & Cart, and pony rides – by donation. We will also have hot food for sale (ingredients donated by WW New World) and a cake stall. Please put it in your diaries and let any visitors to our area know.

Leigh Preschool Country Gala @ Leigh School Grounds
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


10410513_10152791747367146_4198644279127095444_nLeigh Preschool’s annual Gala Fundraiser is just around the corner and we are looking forward to seeing you all there – Labour Weekend Sunday – 26th October!

Our Quick Fire Raffle has a ‘Surf & Turf’ theme this year, with amazing seafood (donated by Leigh Fisheries) and farm fresh beef (donated by Pukehuia Farms) up for grabs!

Back by popular demand is our Vintage Clothing ‘Pop-Up’ shop and in addition to all the usual stalls, this year we have a fenced ‘Small Wanderers’ area where parents can take 5 and relax on mats and bean bags while the little ones are entertained!

We have had some amazing products donated by businesses both local and afar. Check out our gala blog to see all the goodies you will be able to bid on!