Matakana Info Centres - Top Picks for the Summer Holidays

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The Matakana Information Centre volunteers are willing and able to help you survive the school holidays on the Matakana Coast.  Situated in the Matakana Cinema Complex Foyer on Matakana Valley Road, the Centre offers friendly free local advice daily from 10am – 1pm or visit www.matakanainfo.org.nz or Facebook Matakana Information Centre The volunteers have put together a few options for free fun on the Matakana Coast these holidays.

Brick Bay Beach - the grassed area is perfect for ball and frisbie games and spreading Pohutukawa trees for climbing. Venture around the rocks to Sandspit or the other way to Snells Beach at low tide.

Lucy Moore Park is a great option too. Follow the path right past the mangroves or head left along the Mahurangi River boardwalk past the Jane Gifford and under the Warkworth Bridge.

The Cement Works has always been a favourite for locals and perfect for an early morning swim.

Scotts Landing is wonderful and full of many different choices to suit everyone – fishing, swimming or to visit the old Scott Homestead.  Take a walk at low tide around Casnell Island. Scotts Landing is good safe swimming for younger children in the sheltered bay.

Matheson Bay is safe and perfect for swimming and the waterfall walk will keep little adventurers busy too.  Goat Island needs no introduction and will provide a packed day of swimming, snorkelling and other water activities.

Tawharanui features some of Aucklands finest beaches, Anchor Bay is prefect for older kids and teens who will enjoy climbing around the rocks at low tide to find the mermaid pool.

The Matakana Information Centre is looking for new volunteers for 2017, if you have a few hours per month to spare and have good computer skills this could be your chance to share your knowledge of the area. Contact Kate on matakanainfo@xtra.co.nz or 09 425 8788.

Photo by Gavin Matheson