Aerial photo of Matatā

Image: David Finn | ©


The Matatā area sits alongside the sea. It includes a campsite and a short walk around the Matatā wildlife refuge. Great for families, with excellent fishing and swimming.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Camping
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Matatā area

About this place

History and culture

Matatā means "dividing waters". Before the Rangitaiki Plains were drained the Rangitaiki River ran into the Tarawera River, and originally the area was known as Te Awa o Te Atua, or the River of the Gods.

Getting there

Matatā is on the coast of the Bay of Plenty, 24 km west of Whakatane, or 70 km from Tauranga.


Whakatane Office
Phone:   +64 7 307 2770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   1/100 Valley Road
Postal Address:   1/100 Valley Road
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