The beautiful coastal fishing village at Leigh has many walking tracks for visitors to explore. The Goat Island coastal walk begins at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, crosses farmland and travels through a valley of native bush.
Pretty Leigh Harbour has a track from the boat ramp, passes the Jolly Fisherman's Lodge, and around the harbour through native bush.
From the beach at Matheson Bay a track travels along the west side of the stream, through native bush that includes Kauri trees and a small waterfall.
If you want to meander a little more the Leigh coastline track is edged with large pohutukawa trees that bloom with bright red flowers early summer. Views across Omaha Bay stretch out to the Tawharanui Peninsula. At any time you might be lucky to spot dolphins, orca or whales that frequently pass the coast.
The Ti Point track begins near the wharf and follows the foreshore along the south coast to the Ti Point Scenic Reserve. From here the view is out over the Hauraki Gulf to Little Barrier and Coromandel Peninsula. Large pohutukawa trees line the shore and there are good views over Omaha Bay.
Pakiri Beach is just over the hill from Leigh and is a beautiful beach that offers a chance to get away from the crowds. Omaha Beach has a long white sandy beach plus toardwalks that cross from the beach over the sand dunes. The northern area of the sandspit has some endangered birds plus oyster catchers, gulls and other seabirds. A series of pouwhenua (carved Maori poles) stand amongst the sand dunes.
Other great places for walking include the regional parks at Tawharanui, Scandretts, and Mahurangi.
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