Welcome to Leigh By The Sea

Auckland’s Coastal Paradise

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. Snorkel, scuba dive, watch the fish, explore the rocky shore, take a trip on the Glass Bottom Boat or kayak the coast.

Learn more about the marine life and marine science at the  Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre.

Stay a little longer in one of the accommodations which include Camping groundsbed and breakfasts 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 our wildlife page to find out more about the birds, whales, dolphins and other marine life.

Join our newsletter and get up-to-date info on our guided Coastal Walks in April 2015.

Events coming up…

October 2014 – April 2015

Jay Okesene and the Dubtronics @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 24 @ 9:30 pm



EP release tour

Waltery @ Sawmill Cafe
Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm

waltery_soul_jazzDeep soulful house


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

We look forward to seeing you at this Gala Fundraiser.


Quick Fire Raffle –  Surf & Turf theme, seafood, farm fresh beef! Vintage Clothing ‘Pop-Up’ shop, the usual stalls and a fenced ‘Small Wanderers’ area where parents can take 5 and relax on mats and bean bags while the little ones are entertained! Check out the blog to see all the goodies you can bid on!


Leigh Coastal Walks
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day
Leigh Coastal Walk

Join us for a fun walk

A variety of guided walks will be held at Leigh to raise awareness of our beautiful coastal paradise.

The walks include fossils, geology, native plants, local history, marine life and marine reserves. Each walk will have a knowledgeable guide with expertise in the highlights of that walk.

Registrations will open on 1 March 2015.  More information on walks, times etc will be displayed on this website early 2015.