Come and celebrate 20 years of the Sawmill Cafe
Easter Sunday 27th March 2016 at Leigh School
Leigh School Fundraiser: 9am to 2pm, rain or shine. Join us for games, goodies, food, fun, raffles, rides, auctions, activities, stalls, slides, music and much more.
The kids will love boogie boarding down the enormous Ice Slide and we’ll keep them entertained with a host of activities, fun-fair styled rides and games.
Our Quick-Fire Raffles are renowned for the freshest fish, oyster, smoked fish & crayfish prizes. There’s an amazing Silent Auction which is very generously supported by local businesses. Bag a bargain at the auction or hunt for treasures at one of our stalls, including bric-a-brac, plants, fruit and veges, books etc.
The onsite cafe and kai options include excellent local food, plus delicious home baking, Hot Cross Buns and great coffee.
As well as the usual activities at Goat Island check out other things to do!
What do you do in Leigh when the sea is too rough for all our wonderful water activities?
Here are a few things to enjoy:
The track goes up through the bush alongside a little creek, passing water holes and waterfalls. During November the taurepo (NZ gloxinia) is flowering, so see if you can spot some alongside the wooden walkway. Matheson Bay is also the favourite place for swimming by the locals. Take a walk along the shoreline too and look for the amazing fossils
The wildlife seen around our coast lately has been amazing.
Lots of pods of dolphins, a couple of humpback whales, pods of orca and a lonely leopard seal that rested and warmed in the sun on the beach at Matheson Bay.
NZ’s first marine reserve, Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve, better known as Goat Island, turns 40 this year.
Back in 1975 it was thought that no-one would visit the area as they couldn’t fish or collect anything. First to come were scuba divers attracted by the easy access into the water off the beach. Many dive schools visited and slowly divers began to see more and more fish. Gradually the fish seen became bigger and more friendly. Snorkellers were added to the underwater explorers just to look and more and more school groups visited to enjoy the marine life. Seafriends (now Octopus Hideaway) was set up and catered for the school groups supplying snorkelling equipment suitable for children and giving lectures. Next to arrive was a small glass bottom boat catering for around 20 passengers (now a bigger boat taking almost double that number). Goat Island Dive opened up offering dive courses and gear hire plus guided snorkel tours. The latest addition is the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre which is a wonderful place to see and learn more about the marine life and the reserve.