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.
The sun shone and the sea was nice and calm. Great conditions for Goat Island Marine Reserve.
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
This 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
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
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.
There are lots of exciting gigs at the Mill.
Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the local accommodations. Here is a sample, but check out the Sawmill’s website for more details.
PSYCHO ROADSHOW, SKYSCRAPER STAN, AHORIBUZZ, BIG DADDY WILSON, DON McGLASHAN, EB & SPARROW, WELLINGTON CITY SHAKEM’ ON DOWNERS, + SAL VALENTINE & THE BABYSHAKES, HA THE UNCLEAR, GLASS VAULTS, JON TOOGOOD, WAGONS + HOPETOUN BROWN, TROUBLE AT MILL #3, WHITE CHAPEL JAK, BUTCHAS + GRAVE DOHLS
Locals have done well organising this fundraiser.
Funds go to the local fire brigade, school and also Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
See article in the NZ Herald.