The Mokohinau Islands are a small group of islands about 100 kilometres north of Auckland City.

They sit smack bang in the middle of the entrance to the Hauraki Gulf making them a hot spot for fishing of all sorts. From Striped Marlin to the giant Yellowtail Kingfish that the area has a reputation for, there is no shortage of fishing action out whatever time of the year you decide to visit.

Matakana region

There is no accommodation at islands, in fact all but one are wildlife sanctuaries meaning no landing, so most fishermen depart from either Leigh or Whangarei. Matakana is wine country and has plenty to offer travellers from walks, villages, food to stunning bays and long white sand beaches.

Fishing

There are a number of operators who ply the waters around the Mokohinau Islands, but the stand out must a chap by the name of Tony Orton from offshore adventures. His 8.5m alloy Extreme gets you there fast and can move around with ease even in a sea. The boat is fully equipped so you don’t have to bring a thing. All tackle and lures are supplied on a loose em, buy em basis.

Diving

You cant come to this area of New Zealand not visit the country's oldest and most established marine reserve - Goat Island. Established in 1975, this reserve is one of the most popular snorkelling locations in the country and you can do it all from the beach. If it's scuba diving you're into then Goat Island Dive can assist with your needs from scuba dives at Goat Island to trips out to dive at the Mokohinau Islands.

Where to stay

Where to start! Accommodation is all about what you require as Matakana has options to accommodate all tastes and all budgets. From spectacular bed and breakfasts, to motels and batch rentals, let us create a package that works for you.

Must do

Burgess Island - take a walk to the top

Goat Island - Snorkel New Zealand's oldest marine reserve.

Wine Trail - Matakana

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