Matauri Bay

Matauri Bay Road
Matauri Bay, Northland
There is a beautiful sandy and safe swimming beach but little shade.

Offshore are the Cavalli Islands where the "Rainbow Warrior" - a Greenpeace ship, blown up in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour by French Secret Service personnel - has its last resting place. It is now a marine reserve and a diving attraction.

Onshore, the Rainbow Warrior is commemorated by a memorial commissioned by Ngati Kuri and built over two years with local support by sculptor Chris Booth. The Rainbow Warrior's propeller is the centrepiece of the sculpture. To reach it climb the track starting near the camping ground.
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  • Matauri Bay & Camp Ground
    Matauri Bay & Camp Ground
  • Matauri Bay Beach
    Matauri Bay Beach
  • Rainbow Warrior Sculpture
    Rainbow Warrior Sculpture
  • Matauri Bay
    Matauri Bay
  • Cavalli Islands
    Cavalli Islands
  • Matauri Bay Location
    Matauri Bay Location
  • The Cavalli Islands (Peter Taylor photo)
    The Cavalli Islands (Peter Taylor photo)
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