News & Events

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.

Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

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Leigh Sawmill Cafe Gigs

american flagThere 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

Leigh Family Fishing Contest

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.

 

Upcoming Events

Feb
8
Mon
7:00 pm Fiddle Pie’s Old Time Country Mu... @ Whangateau Hall
Fiddle Pie’s Old Time Country Mu... @ Whangateau Hall
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm
iddle Pie’s OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC & DANCE VARIETY SHOW sets sail for New Zealand in the fresh new year. This group of rowdy young musicians brings forth an epic array of traditional American string band tunes, called square dances, classic
Feb
14
Sun
all-day Love Our Mangroves @ Whangateau Harbour
Love Our Mangroves @ Whangateau Harbour
Feb 14 all-day
More info to come.
9:30 am Leigh Community Summer Market @ Leigh Hall
Leigh Community Summer Market @ Leigh Hall
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Leigh Community Summer Market at the Leigh Hall 10 January, 14 Feb, 13 March, 10 April. 9.30am to 1.30pm Second Sunday of the Month Fruit & Veg – Takeaway Food Produce – Crafts & more…
5:00 pm Luke Henry NZ Tour @ Sawmill Cafe
Luke Henry NZ Tour @ Sawmill Cafe
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm
Luke Henry NZ Tour @ Sawmill Cafe
AMERICAN ROCK ’N ROLL TREAT TRIPLE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY WITH CHICAGO’S LUKE HENRY, MEBOURNE’S MADELINE LEMAN, THE DESERT SWELLS & LEAH SENIOR  
Feb
19
Fri
9:30 pm Albi & the Wolves @ Sawmill Cafe
Albi & the Wolves @ Sawmill Cafe
Feb 19 @ 9:30 pm
with strangely arousing folk music, but not as you know it!
Feb
20
Sat
9:30 pm Sam Hunt & Good Shirt @ Sawmill Cafe
Sam Hunt & Good Shirt @ Sawmill Cafe
Feb 20 @ 9:30 pm
go on make a night of it!
Feb
21
Sun
5:00 pm Nathan Haines Quartet @ Sawmill Cafe
Nathan Haines Quartet @ Sawmill Cafe
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm
doors open 5pm, onstage from 6pm
Feb
26
Fri
9:30 pm Tami Neilson @ Sawmill Cafe
Tami Neilson @ Sawmill Cafe
Feb 26 @ 9:30 pm
Tami Neilson @ Sawmill Cafe
RED-HOT HONKY-TONK COUNTRY ROCKABILLY With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit
Feb
27
Sat
11:00 am Seaweek Presentation @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Seaweek Presentation @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am
Marine science research presentation from Roslyn Putland, a Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, PhD student on “Listening to feeding work ups: do whales use sound to find their next meal? ”
2:00 pm Guided Tour of Marine Centre @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Guided Tour of Marine Centre @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm
Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
9:30 pm Sorceress @ Sawmill Cafe
Sorceress @ Sawmill Cafe
Feb 27 @ 9:30 pm
Sorceress @ Sawmill Cafe
Members: Sorceress (aka Funkommunity) are: Rachel Fraser – Vocals, Isaac Aesili – Production, Marika Hodgson – Bass, Myele Manzanza – Drums. ! FIRST 50 PEOPLE GET A FREE ‘DOSE’ CD ON THE DOOR !
Feb
28
Sun
11:00 am Seaweek Presentation @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Seaweek Presentation @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am
Marine science research presentation from Arie Skyksma, a Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, PhD student on “What else do snapper and lobster do besides eat kina?”
2:00 pm Guided Tour of Marine Centre @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Guided Tour of Marine Centre @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm
Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Feb
29
Mon
7:00 pm Keith Levy @ Whangateau Hall
Keith Levy @ Whangateau Hall
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm
As a second half guest at our February folk club we will be visited by storyteller/social commentator/musician Keith Levy. Don’t know much about Mr. Levy, but he’s absolutely hilarious on the phone, so I reckon we’re in for a good
Mar
5
Sat
11:00 am Seaweek Presentation @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Seaweek Presentation @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am
Marine science research presentation from Caitlin Blain, a Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, PhD student on “How do human impacts effect the health of kelp forests?”
2:00 pm Guided Tour of Marine Centre @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Guided Tour of Marine Centre @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm
Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Mar
6
Sun
10:30 am Seaweek FUN Day @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Seaweek FUN Day @ Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre
Mar 6 @ 10:30 am
10.30 am Fishy Dress Up Competition 11 am Fishy Dress Up Prize Giving 12 noon Rock Pool Tour 2.30 pm Rock Pool Tour 1.00 pm Guest Speaker: The latest research from the Goat Island Marine Reserve – Dr Nick Shears, University
Mar
13
Sun
9:30 am Leigh Community Summer Market @ Leigh Hall
Leigh Community Summer Market @ Leigh Hall
Mar 13 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Leigh Community Summer Market at the Leigh Hall 10 January, 14 Feb, 13 March, 10 April. 9.30am to 1.30pm Second Sunday of the Month Fruit & Veg – Takeaway Food Produce – Crafts & more…
Apr
10
Sun
9:30 am Leigh Community Summer Market @ Leigh Hall
Leigh Community Summer Market @ Leigh Hall
Apr 10 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Leigh Community Summer Market at the Leigh Hall 10 January, 14 Feb, 13 March, 10 April. 9.30am to 1.30pm Second Sunday of the Month Fruit & Veg – Takeaway Food Produce – Crafts & more…
May
8
Sun
7:00 pm Kim and Dusty @ Whangateau Hall
Kim and Dusty @ Whangateau Hall
May 8 @ 7:00 pm
Kim and Dusty @ Whangateau Hall
Acoustic Duo, Kim and Dusty, have been bringing their whisky harmonies to Wellingtonians since November 2013 when Dusty moved to Brooklyn, the heart of the Wellington’s country music scene. The duo play a blend of Country, Blues, Bluegrass and Folk.

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