Matai bay on the Karikari peninsular
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One of the twin bays at Matai on the Karikari peninsular - March 1999 The caretaker at Rarawa who suggested we should investigate the Karikari peninsular, in particular directed us towards the DOC camp site at Matai which is reputed to have both good fishing and snorkeling off the rocks. It is right at the end of the peninsular and could well be the most beautiful beach, or more correctly twin beaches, of all of those we have seen in Northland. The beaches are soft white sand and the central promontory and the ends are rocky with good diving. Peter had a look round the central rocks with fins and snorkel and it had a fair amount of life and went very deep very quickly off the rocks. At low tide there are big sandy pools with sections deep enough for swimming left within the rocky outcrops. The whole setting is glorious and the bays are very sheltered for swimming as the ends come in.

The camp site at Matai is in two parts and does not have views directly of the bay but is divided into sheltered sections by lines of trees. It is all rather more regimented than most DOC sites with the individual sites marked out and numbered for high season when there is a DOC representative present but even so it must be at or near the top of our list for a visit in the future - we would have stopped if we had any provisions left.

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