Matapouri is located in the winterless Northland, hence it is very popular during the summer time.
Apart from the unique attractions at either side of the beach, Matapouri’s beach is well worth visiting all on its own. The beach offers vast amounts of white sand, and the waters are calm so it is safe for all the family.
You’ll find the Mermaid Pools to the north of the beach. Follow the curving beach all the way around until you reach the very left hand side of the beach. From here you will see a path that will take you to the Mermaid Pools. From the end of the beach, go over the step hill and through the forest. Eventually you will start descending and start walking over rocks which will lead you to the pools.
The Mermaid Pools are well worth the walk to get here. From above, it is a perfect photo opportunity to capture the calm of the pools in contrast to the raging sea. It is only safe to swim in during low tide, as many people have been injured by waves crashing over the rocks as the tide comes in.
From the south end of the bay, you’ll find the crystal clear estuary. Just before or after high tide, the estuary provides an excellent opportunity for snorkelers to view fish swimming through mangrove trees. The best time to visit the estuary is during the high tide, because at low tide the flow of the estuary is greatly reduced and most of the marine life hide away until the tide returns.
How to get there:
The Beach can be accessed at the end of Wehiwehi Road
- Mermaid Pools to the north of the beach
- Sweeping white sand beach
- Estuary to the south of the beach
- Mermaid Pools aer dangerous at high tide
- Have good shoes and a bottle of water for the walk to the Mermaid Pools
- Estuary is best to explore an hour either side of high tide
Prohibited on the beach and estuary