Day 2. Matauri Bay, Paihia, Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Read Day 1 of our Northland and Bay of Islands Roadtrip here.
On Day 2 we drove around 30 minutes through remote farmland from Kerikeri to Matauri Bay for the morning. The main road up North heads through the middle of the Island and to get to the beaches you need to take winding roads through farmland which finally turn to gravel roads through bush which open out to the most stunning beaches.
Matauri Bay has great surf for body surfing and boogie boarding and we kept our eyes pealed for dolphins as some had been spotted there the day before but didn’t see any. Our kids had hours of fun boogie boarding and splashing in the waves.
The climb to the Rainbow Warrior memorial on top of one of the headland hills by the bay (camping ground end) is well worth it for stunning views of beautiful bays, beaches and islands in every direction.
Later in the afternoon we drove the 20 minutes from Kerikeri to Paihia in the Bay of Islands where we visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Entry costs $25 per adult and kids under 18 are free. The entry cost includes a guided tour, entrance to the museum and a cultural performance.
We really enjoyed the guided tour but unfortunately arrived too late in the day to take both the tour and view the cultural performance. We had just enough time to go through the museum and take the tour before closing time at 6pm.
On our way back to Kerikeri we stopped in Paihia for Movenpick icecream and sushi.