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Matheson Bay

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

67 Grand View Road, Matheson's Bay, Leigh, Auckland

rvexplorer id: 18723

Lat-Long: -36.3006, 174.79828

The Freedom Camping Trial is now finished, and you might not be able to stay at this location
The Council is presently reviewing their Freedom Camping Bylaw
The freedom campling locations at Snells Beach and Algies Bay are still available

Beachfront parking from the main reserve

Beachfront parking from the main reserve


Row boats lined up ready to go


Paddle boarding


Children's playground


Student working on an assignment


Matheson Bay is near Leigh on the Hibiscus Coast and has reserve with two separate parking areas, a children's play area, and clean public toilets.


The bay is stunningly beautiful, and this would be a great place to spend a day with young children, or a kayak. Or you could just chill out and enjoy exploring around the coast, or reading a good book.


The bay is well used by local people, who also make good use of the boat ramp.


There are no signs forbidding overnight parking, but it would be more considerate to make use of the secondary parking area on the other side of the small footbridge. You can access it from the southern access road from the main road. It is also available for Freedom Campng in self-contained vans.



Entrance to Matheson Bay Reserve


Footbridge leading to the second parking area

Footbridge leading to the second parking area


Mathesons Bay




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07:18 PM 25-Jul-15 by landl from One Tree Point Public
Sighnage by Auckland city is for 2 nights stay on either side of the bay