Matauri Bay – Rainbow Warrior Diving

Following our beautiful evening sunset the previous night at Tauranga Bay, we awoke from our tent perched against the edge of the beach. The sky was illuminated with a brilliant purple/blue gradient, as the moon gradually faded, and the rich warm sun slowly rose across the beautiful beach of Matauri Bay.

Matauri Moon Rise

Motukawaiti Island Sunrise

Beautiful Sunrise over Motukawaiti Island, from Matauri Bay

Warren & Katrina

Warren and Katrina

Following the amazing sunrise, we ventured up the hill overlooking the amazing Northland coast. Atop the hill is the Rainbow Warrior memorial (Greenpeace boat, sunk by the French during the 80’s), with a clear view across the Cavalli Islands, where the Rainbow Warrior now rests at the bottom of the clear waters.

Rainbow Warrior Memorial Matauri Bay

Pointing in the direction of the Rainbow Warrior

Rainbow Warrior Memorial 

Matauri Bay, New Zealand

Beautiful view across Matauri Bay

Amazing Clear Water New Zealand

Simply Amazing. Clear water of Matauri Bay

New Zealand Kayaking

Kayaking around Matauri Bay

Matauri Bay Kayaking

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Lee - Absolutely stunningly beautiful

Warren Williams - Cheers Lee,
We can’t wait to head up there again with our underwater housing for a new perspective!

Camping Northland! Tauranga Bay Sunset

One of the greatest activies to do in New Zealand during summer, is camping in the Far North. There are literally hundreds of almost inhabited amazing beaches, clear blue waters, with the summer heat still pumping down. As summer was drawing to an end, and every other person was back at school and work, it was the perfect time to escape away. Five days in Northland. Whahoo! Our first destination was camping on the waterfront of Matauri Bay. Ready to capture the morning sunrise across the water. As we arrived in the late evening, we had some quick fish and chips (what else?!) – before driving along to Tauranga Bay – around 30min away from Matauri Bay along some amazing coastal roads, winding across the rugged landscape. This is why we love New Zealand. Divine. Peaceful. Simply Beautiful.


Overlooking Matauri Bay - our first few photos!

There’s also many nesting birds at Tauranga Bay

Tauranga Bay Birds

New Zealand beach girl

Amazing Warm water - perfect way to finish off a day after a long drive

Tauranga Bay, Northland, New Zealand

Tauranga Bay Red Sunset

Red Sunset

Tauranga Bay headland

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