We last visited Matai Bay at the begining of our 2016 winter and agreed that we needed to come back and spend a little more time exploring the area.
To explore the area means that you really need to stay there so we threw the camping gear into the car and headed off for a few nights. Fortunately, it is little more than an hour’s drive. The camp is basic with very little in the way of facilities; long drop toilets and cold showers with no shops that sell provisions being very handy.
We have owned our current tent for three years but have never really mastered the art of erecting it satisfactorily. Ruth’s critical eye felt that we nailed it this time – the problem of course is that by the time we get around to camping again, we will have forgotten what the special ingredient was that worked so well last time – a downside of getting older.
The place was almost as deserted as during our winter visit but, the air and water were warmer, the days longer and walking the long but interesting beaches was a much more pleasant albeit tiring experience.