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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