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JPY
London, UK585 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were blessed with glorious weather when we visited Maitai Bay and it is very beautiful.

We parked in the parking area next to Waikato Bay and found that this bay was even more beautiful than Maitai, it is also significantly quieter. There is a cut through from the parking area onto Maitai beach, so you have two world class beaches only 30 seconds apart!

We really enjoyed swimming here, it is truly amazing - highly recommend as two of the best beaches in NZ.
Written 15 May 2023
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irene b
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A jewel in northland.. that thanks to Iwi and Dept of Conservation is pristine and preserved as a quiet and beautiful bay alongside Waikato Bay.
Written 6 May 2023
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karabatraveller
Sydney69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Local Maori have closed this public beach. From the closed gate it’s about a 300m walk to the beach via the campsite road, be turned back to your car by ‘greeters’. Although interesting we saw a couple of people on the beach - suspect locals.
Really sad as it was the last place we spent time with our Mum before she died and we come every year to remember her.
Written 28 March 2022
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ashevillefab5
Asheville, NC113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
not accessible at this time. DOC website listed the campground closed but walking trails open, but entrance is chained off by community iwi, with signage indicating visitors not welcome, so we left. hopefully we can return again when open.
Written 11 January 2022
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Nina B
Auckland Central, New Zealand269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Matai Bay is a heart shaped bay with two beautiful beaches, Waikato Bay on the right and Maitai Bay on the left. My favourite one was Waikato Bay. Walk towards the end of this beautiful beach and you will come across a large Pohutukawa tree and rock pools with super clear water.
Written 24 July 2021
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BZONCE
Auckland, New Zealand584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Sadly we didn’t get to have a swim in Matai as it was getting late but the bay itself is beautiful and we did put our feet in and it felt cool-warm and like a nice calm beach that felt safe.

There were two sides and the other looked a little more rough.

We sat and had a little picnic and listened to the water and looked at the view on the mountain before heading back to our Bach.

There is as a camp ground there for those interested.
Written 5 February 2021
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marlize s
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Short walk to most amazing views and after that a swim the beautiful clear waters. Definitely a must see when you visit this area.
Written 23 December 2020
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QPR-ALLBLACKS-Fan
Cambridge, New Zealand378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The Karikari Peninsula is stunning, and its ‘jewell in the crown’ is Matai Bay. It’s a beautiful horseshoe shaped bay with golden sands, crystal clear water, a great walking track and a camping area right by the beach.
We absolutely loved it, you will too.
Written 18 October 2020
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Anna D
Sydney, Australia323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The guidebook we got with our rental campervan recommended Matai Bay and it worked in well with our plans so we stopped overnight. The DOC campsite has possibly the best view of any campsite you’ll ever find - simply stunning. The beach is gorgeous, the water blue and clear. We liked it so much we returned for another night on our way back south from Cape Reinga. The upper campsite has long-drop toilets, the lower campsite has flush toilets. Both have cold showers. By all accounts it is extremely busy around the Christmas-New Year period but in early December the campsite was no more than a third full.
Written 1 August 2020
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Jane E
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This bay is simply stunning, even in mid-winter! The DOC camping ground offers fresh water, toilets and cold showers. But best of all are the spectacular views of the bay and enjoyable walks along the beach.
Written 4 July 2020
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