Points' of Interest. Matakana Island:
Harbourside beaches, safe swimming, great floundering, secluded and remarkably peaceful
OK, we are probably stretching the idea of 'point' of interest with this one, Matakana being an island and all. But it just has to be included. It's right on our doorstep, and it's fantastic. You need a boat or kayak to get there, but it's well worth the effort. The harbourside offers safe sandy beaches and all the solitude in the world except for a few weeks at Christmas when the waterskiers take over. The rest of the time it's quiet, and pretty much all yours.