News & Events

Iconic Leigh Hotel renovation

Read all about what is happening with the old Leigh Hotel site

http://www.localmatters.co.nz/News/Business/May+2016/Iconic+Leigh+Hotel+renovation+gets+underway.html

Sawmill Cafe 20 year celebration

b3bc8de4-27b2-475a-9c4e-e6a12dd3bb6bCheck out the gigs at the Mill over the weekend of April 8-10.

Come and celebrate 20 years of the Sawmill Cafe

Leigh Carnival

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.

Waitangi Weekend

As well as the usual activities at Goat Island check out other things to do!

  • The Sawmill Cafe has several gigs: Friday – The Freestylers and Saturday – Tune of I +.
  • Saturday at 5pm Blue Voluntours have organised a Beach Clean Up at Goat Island.
  • Visit the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre – open 10-4.
  • NZ’s only Reptile Park at Ti Point has some amazing animals.
  • Pick up a Leigh Walk brochure and explore the area.
  • It’s not far to the Matakana Markets or Movies.

Anniversary Weekend

The sun shone and the sea was nice and calm. Great conditions for Goat Island Marine Reserve.

Goat Island

Other things to do in the area

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:

  • Learn and see more at the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
  • See the reptiles at the Ti Point Reptile Park
  • Pick up a Leigh Walks brochure and stride away
  • See what fossils you can find at low tide at Matheson Bay
  • Beautiful beach walks – Pakiri, Tawharanui and much more!
  • Matakana Markets, village and movies
  • Sample some local wines at nearby vineyards
  • Check out some properties for sale – you know you want to stay

Leigh Community Summer Markets

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Matheson Bay Bush Walk

mathesons-bush-walkThis delightful walk from Matheson Bay Beach is one of Leigh’s best kept secrets.

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

Visitors to Leigh

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Leopard seal on Matheson Bay Beach

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.

Goat Island Marine Reserve turns 40!

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island Marine Reserve

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.

Upcoming Events

May
28
Sat
9:30 pm MILES CALDER & THE RUMOURS @ SAWMILL CAFE
MILES CALDER & THE RUMOURS @ SAWMILL CAFE
May 28 @ 9:30 pm
MILES CALDER & THE RUMOURS @ SAWMILL CAFE
WITH FINN JOHANSSON ALT-COUNTRY | ATMOSPHERIC AMERICANA Miles’ brand of atmospheric Americana dresses his heartfelt songs with striving harmonies and earthy tones.  *PRE-SALE TICKETS $15: undertheradar.co.nz | $20 ON THE DOOR.  /milescalderandtherumours  
Jun
4
Sat
9:30 pm EB & SPARROW @ SAWMILL CAFE
EB & SPARROW @ SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 4 @ 9:30 pm
EB & SPARROW @ SAWMILL CAFE
WITH TOM CUNLIFFE ALTERNATIVE | COUNTRY | FOLK An extraordinary showcase of originality and musicality. Pastoral, expansive ballads, rollicking good-time songs, and a few tear inducing torch burners thrown in for good measure. *PRE-SALE TICKETS $20: AVAILABLE SOON | MORE
Jun
5
Sun
9:00 pm SAWMILL SELAKTAZ @ SAWMILL CAFE
SAWMILL SELAKTAZ @ SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 5 @ 9:00 pm
SAWMILL SELAKTAZ @ SAWMILL CAFE
WITH T.RICE (GEORGE FM) // NORMSKI // LUKE KING // RIKI-K // ZANE:TEE // GAVIN WEAVER MC/HOSTED BY EDGAR (EX EDDIE NUMBERS) SAWMILL SELAKTAZ QUEENS BIRTHDAY, LONG WEEKEND REUNION FROM 9PM – 2AM *PRE-SALE TICKETS $15: | $20 ON THE
Jun
16
Thu
8:00 pm QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL with quiz master PETRUS get your team together – the winter competition is on! $5pp – max 6 per team – pooled entry fee towards winning team on the night, bookings recommended – 3rd Thursday’s thru to November  
Jul
9
Sat
9:00 pm URZILA CARLSON & BEN HURLEY @ SAWMILL CAFE
URZILA CARLSON & BEN HURLEY @ SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 9 @ 9:00 pm
URZILA CARLSON & BEN HURLEY @ SAWMILL CAFE
FUNNY PEOPLE. PERFECT WINTER DINNER AND SHOW SHENANIGANS Make sure you book a table! (not automatic with ticket purchase)  *PRE-SALE TICKETS $26: eventfinda.co.nz | $30 ON THE DOOR.  
Jul
16
Sat
7:58 am METEOR @ SAWMILL CAFE
METEOR @ SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 16 @ 7:58 am
METEOR @ SAWMILL CAFE
WEIRD FUNKY GROOVES FROM JONATHAN CRAYFORD, MARIKA HODGSON (THE MEANS, HOLLY SMITH) AND CHRIS O’CONNER (PHOENIX FOUNDATION, DON MCGLASHIN).  *PRE-SALE TICKETS $18: eventfinda.co.nz | $20 ON THE DOOR.  
Jul
21
Thu
8:00 pm QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL with quiz master PETRUS get your team together – the winter competition is on! $5pp – max 6 per team – pooled entry fee towards winning team on the night, bookings recommended – 3rd Thursday’s thru to November  
Aug
18
Thu
8:00 pm QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL with quiz master PETRUS get your team together – the winter competition is on! $5pp – max 6 per team – pooled entry fee towards winning team on the night, bookings recommended – 3rd Thursday’s thru to November  
Sep
15
Thu
8:00 pm QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL with quiz master PETRUS get your team together – the winter competition is on! $5pp – max 6 per team – pooled entry fee towards winning team on the night, bookings recommended – 3rd Thursday’s thru to November  
Oct
20
Thu
8:00 pm QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
QUIZZICAL @ Sawmill Cafe
QUIZZICAL with quiz master PETRUS get your team together – the winter competition is on! $5pp – max 6 per team – pooled entry fee towards winning team on the night, bookings recommended – 3rd Thursday’s thru to November