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Mataia Two Day Walk: 20km

2 day, 20km circular walk traversing farmland, saltmarsh wetlands and coastal native bush of the historic Mataia Farm

Your booking day is the afternoon of the day you arrive at historic Mataia Homestead, the heart of the Gardner family farm ‘Mataia’. Spend the night relaxing and unwinding and enjoy the surrounding 5ha of gardens including large orchard, herb and vegetable gardens, rose and perennial plantings.

On your first day you will walk from Mataia Homestead following alongside the Mataia Creek out to the Kaipara Harbour. The track winds across boardwalks through beautiful Kauri groves, along the coastline through regenerating native bush, established coastal forest and salt marsh wetlands before you head inland into a large stand of native bush known as ‘Hoopers Bush’. From here pass over farmland to your second nights’ accommodation at the Farm Cottage and watch the sun set over the Kaipara Harbour as you enjoy a well-deserved beer or wine!

The next morning wake with the Tui and enjoy rural views before heading out towards the shearing shed. You then walk down over the saltmarsh wetlands before veering off up to Huikarokaro Pa – the largest ancient Maori Pa site on the farm. From here you walk up in the canopy of the coastal bush with spectacular views out across the harbour through the leaves of the massive Pohutakawa and Puriri. The walk winds back through the native bush before you link up to the Mataia Creek track and finish up back at Mataia Homestead.

Basic Package: $160 per person
Includes two nights’ accommodation, track fees, briefing, map & booklet, and pack cartage.  

All Inclusive: $300 pp
As the basic package but includes all meals starting with your evening meal on your first night and finishing with a packed lunch on your last day.

All packages include full linen.

Mataia Homestead Walks


2791 Kaipara Coast Highway, Glorit, RD4, Warkworth   Phone +64 9 420 5312

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