Matakana Island is a long, flat barrier island 20km in length and about 3km wide.
The island has been continuously populated for centuries by Māori tribes mostly associated with Ngai te Rangi.
The island has two distinct parts - 2023ha of farm and orchard land on the inner harbour (where most of the population lives) and 4047 ha of forest-covered coastal land exposed to the Pacific Ocean. The island forms the sand barrier between Tauranga Harbour and the South Pacific. Over half the population speaks Te Reo Māori, which indicates a strong connection with cultural values, practices and knowledge. Matakana Island has a number of unique social, cultural and natural environmental features that are treasured by the local residents, both Māori and non-Māori.
Amenities and services
- Two marae
- Kohanga reo
- Te Awanui Hauora
- Island ferry transport to and from Tauranga and Omokoroa
- Primary school Te Kura o Te Moutere o Matakana