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 Coastal Walks Event
Apr 26 all-day

Guided Walk Event


Online registrations close at 5pm 25th April

You can also register or check availability by phoning 09 422 6127 or 021 204 2999. Meet below Leigh Apartments, 21 Hauraki Road, Leigh 30 minutes before start of walk.

Supporting Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade


Goat Island to Pink Beach Walk
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join marine experts and learn about the marine reserve as you walk from Goat Island Beach. Walk is over sand and boulders to a pink beach. See the Niagara Wall. Explore rock pools on the way back and see the interesting marine life.  Register Here

Leigh Harbour to Cape Rodney Walk
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

This walk begins around beautiful Leigh Harbour, weaving through native forest then continues to private farmland that overlooks Cape Rodney and the lighthouse.  Register Here

Whangateau Harbour Walk
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join marine scientist Dr Roger Grace as he takes you to visit Horseshoe and Sand Island. Many wonderful little creatures to see, including crabs and sea shells. The only unspoilt harbor in the Auckland region.

Register Here

Goat Island Walkway
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Views to Little Barrier and other islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Walk through native forest and farmland before returning to start. Learn more about the plants with Dr John Walsby. Register Here

Leigh Coast Walkway Walk
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Walk alongside Leigh Coast overlooking Omaha Bay. Undulating track with some steep steps. Large pohutukawa trees and lovely views. See community seats and replanted areas. Register Here

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

Follows the Leigh Coastal Walks


at the Leigh Fire Station

Leigh First Response Rescue and First Aid Team

Sausage sizzle ($2 each)

Refreshments available
All Welcome