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Our Location & Area

Head to the beach

With so many beautiful beaches to choose from here are just a few favourites:

Matheson Bay is the local beach and what a delight. Walking distance from the cottage along a stunning waterfall and bush-clad boardwalk. Sheltered, sandy and great for swimming or kayaking. Head to Omaha Beach to catch a wave and improve those surfing techniques. Look in the house book for the local’s secret spot!

Or if you fancy something wild and dramatic, Pakiri Beach is a vast expanse of white sand, huge dunes and views to take your breath away; keep a lookout for passing dolphins and orcas. 

For the absolute nature lover, Anchor Bay in Tawharanui Regional Park will have you feeling like you are on a tropical island. White sand and turquoise waters, bush walks, and the occasional dolphin pod to play with, this is the ultimate day out.

Pack a picnic and head off and explore the many walks in the area. An exhilarating coastal cliff walk or perhaps a gentle stroll around the harbour to reach a beach unattainable by road, there is plenty to explore without leaving the village!

Food, Nightlife & Culture

Matakana is well known for being food and wine heaven and with the famous boutique Matakana Village Market only 10 minutes down the road it will inspire even the most reluctant cook to create a mouth-watering menu. Don’t forget to pick up your tray of fresh oysters on your way through, or have them waiting on ice for you with a bottle of bubbly (by prior arrangement with the owner).

If bubbles aren’t your tipple then visit one of the many wineries in the area to find your favourite. And if that still doesn’t hit the spot then there are a number of pubs and bars to quench your thirst.

If you can tear yourself away from Songbird Cottage the local dining experiences are second to none with an abundance of eateries including fine dining, tapas, pizza, curry, Italian and Vietnamese. 

For something that extends into the wee hours, Leigh is home to the famous Leigh Sawmill Café, the local villagers will have you dancing the night away. Whatever your taste in music, there is something for everyone and with pretty gardens for dining, it’s a favourite choice for a late supper and a jig!

Our Songbird Cottage House Book has all the details.


Boutique shops galore! Shoes, books, clothes, homewares, art, ceramics and of course a perfect little chocolate shop. Travel slightly further afield to Mangawhai or Warkworth for more shopping and market treasures.

Take in a movie at Matakana Cinemas (remembering to order a glass of wine from the adjacent wine bar), a pottery tour at the famous Morris and James Pottery, an original art collection at the Vivian Gallery, a stroll around the delectable Sculpturuem or a walk around the sculpture trail at Brick Bay wines. 

Our Songbird Cottage house book will list all the local galleries and places to explore for you to peruse at your leisure.

Sporty Activities

There is a stunning golf course at Omaha when you fancy a break from the beach or travel further afield for the world-class course at Mangawhai. For those seeking a bit more drama then head to Pakiri for horse riding on the beach and experience an exhilarating gallop along the white sandy beach

Hit the waves – from learning to surf, kayaking, SUPing, kitesurfing, snorkelling and diving, there is a host of water activities for the eager novice or more experienced. With Goat Island Marine Reserve just 5 minutes down the road, explore one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots in New Zealand.

Bobbing about on the water – Launch your boat from the local slipway for free and explore Little Barrier, Great Barrier or the Mokohinau Islands. Head over to Kawau Island to visit the stunning Mansion House and a picnic amongst the resident peacocks

Not sure what to do? We can help! Just ask us in the comments when you make your booking and we can assist.