Getting Here

Escape to the Matakana Coast, for your perfect day trip, weekend escape, fun family holiday or romantic getaway. Less than 1 hour north of Auckland and a world away.

Discover the Matakana Coast, less than one hour north of Auckland and a world away. 

The Matakana Coast is perfectly positioned for an easy day trip from Auckland, a lazy weekend away or an overnight stop on your way to and from the beautiful north. 

Driving from Auckland to the Matakana Coast 

Head north on State Highway 1. Just after Johnstone’s Hill tunnel you’ll reach the turnoffs for Puhoi on your left and a little further up the road on the right, Mahurangi West. 

If you continue north to Warkworth, you can access Matakana and Snells Beach to the east, Kaipara to the west, or carry on up SH1 to reach Wellsford and Te Hana. 

For an alternate off-the-beaten track route from the west of Auckland, follow State Highway 16 along the Kaipara Coast, turning right at Woodcocks Road to access Warkworth, or continuing on SH16 to Wellsford.

Driving from Northland to the Matakana Coast 

Head south on State Highway 1 until you reach Te Hana, with its distinctive Maori cultural village, Te Hana Te Ao Marama

When you reach Wellsford, continue south on SH1 to Warkworth, the gateway Kaipara, Puhoi, Matakana and Snells Beach. 

For an alternate scenic route to Pakiri, Leigh and Matakana, turn left at Wellsford onto Matheson Road and follow the road through the Whangaripo Valley. There is no cellphone service in much of the valley, so be sure to check the map before you go. The final sections of the road to Leigh are unsealed with tight corners, so exercise caution if towing. 


Arrive in style with Skywork Helicopters on a panoramic flight from Auckland to Warkworth or Matakana – ask Skywork for an estimate. Or combine your celebratory lunch destination or romantic accommodation with an 18 minute or longer spectacular scenic flight.


Buses from Auckland and Whangarei regularly stop in Wellsford and Warkworth. Please check individual bus company timetables for details.