Diving the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, Matauri Bay
Matauri Bay
Diving , Northland & Bay of Islands

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Matauri Bay

Matauri Bay is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike.

Beautiful Matauri Bay home to the luxurious Kauri Cliffs golf resort, which has dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.

With crystal-clear water and golden sands, the bay is a popular surfing venue in an easterly swell. At other times it's a peaceful beach for swimming and snorkelling. From the ridge above the bay, there are panoramic views over the headland and out to the Cavalli Islands.

These islands are a favourite spot for divers, being home to a unique collection of marine life, as well as the remains of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior. It was sunk by the French intelligence service in 1985 in the wake of anti-nuclear protests.

An unforgettable highlight of Matauri Bay is Mataatua II, a Maori war waka (canoe) built to commemorate the great Pacific migration that brought the Maori people to New Zealand around 700 years ago.

Visit nearby towns of Kerikeri and Paihia for their spectacular array of coastal activities and delicious fare. Both towns have plenty of good accommodation options.

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Cavalli Beach House Retreat - Accommodation in Kaeo New Zealand
9.70 5 Reviews
Kaeo
094051049
Overlooking beautiful Rapaki Bay, Cavalli Beach House Retreat offers free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free on-site parking. All accommodation features a balcony. The property boasts a hot tub and a private beach area.The beachfront Cavalli Retreat is 15 minutes’ drive from the Kauri Cliffs G... (more)
Coastal Chalet Suites - Accommodation in Kaeo New Zealand
10.00 3 Reviews
Kaeo
094051192
Coastal Chalet Suites - Beautiful and Private.Wonderful rural and harbour views from private decks with barbecues and spas.Coastal Chalet Suites are self-contained Boutique suites, situated on one of New Zealand's most scenic drive loops from Whangaroa to Matauri Bay - just minutes away fr... (more)
Kauri Cliffs - Accommodation in Matauri Bay New Zealand
Matauri Bay
094070010
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, the main lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Brett and the offshore Cavalli Islands are part of the panorama which can be viewed from the verandas, lounge, card and dining rooms.Facilities inc... (more)
Matauri Bay Holiday Park - Accommodation in Matauri Bay New Zealand
7.20 10 Reviews
Matauri Bay
094050525
Absolute beachfront, 40km from Kerikeri. 90 tent sites, 87 power sites, 2 chalet, 7 onsite 3 to 7-berth rental caravans. Full kitchen and laundry facilities, modern ablution block, free hot showers, barbecues. General store open 7 days, liquor license, petrol/diesel/LPG. Home of the Rainbo... (more)
Sunseeker Lodge - Accommodation in Whangaroa New Zealand
7.60 14 Reviews
Whangaroa, Whangaroa
094050496
Sunseeker Lodge is located in Whangaroa. WiFi access is available in this lodge. At Sunseeker Lodge you will find a hot tub, a garden and barbecue facilities. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundi... (more)
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs - Accommodation in Matauri Bay New Zealand
Matauri Bay
094070010
This luxury lodge offers 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and features a 3 private beaches, an 18-hole golf course and 2 tennis courts. Guest also enjoy an infinity pool with spa pool, fitness centre and day spa.All accommodation at Kauri Cliffs Matauri Bay includes breakfast, pre-din... (more)
Waimanu Lodge - Accommodation in Whangaroa New Zealand
Whangaroa
094051340
Waimanu Lodge offers luxurious self-contained accommodation located a 15-minute walk from the Whangaroa Town. It offers an outdoor pool, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access.Each guest room is heated and features a well-equipped kitchenette with fridge, microwave and electric kettle.... (more)
Waiwurrie Coastal Farm Lodge - Accommodation in Kaeo New Zealand
Kaeo
094050840
Overlooking Mahinepua Beach, Waiwurrie Coastal Farm Lodge offers free Wi-Fi and included breakfast. Set on 1100 acres of farmland, the property features rooms with a balcony or patio offering sea views.Waiwurrie Coastal Farm Lodge is 12 minutes’ drive from Matauri Bay. It is 16 minutes’ fr... (more)
Whangaroa Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Whangaroa New Zealand
Whangaroa
094050022
Whangaroa 'The Marlin Capital of NZ' and the Whangaroa Lodge Motel invite you to paradise; where peace, tranquillity and the unique beauty of the past still remain. Safe anchorage, abundant fishing, snorkelling, scuba divers' dream. Dive the Rainbow Warrior - bottom bash or cruise the beau... (more)
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