Aerial photo of Matatā
Image: David Finn | ©



The Matatā area sits alongside the sea. It includes a campsite and a short walk around the Matatā wildlife refuge. Great for families, with excellent fishing and swimming.

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For those wanting to bird watch head to the Matatā Wildlife refuge. There's a shelter to sit in and observe the birdlife. Birdlife includes the elusive Australasian bittern/matuku-hūrepo or fernbird/Mātātā, you'll also see swans, geese and oystercatchers.


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