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Cabin and house vacation rentals in Leigh

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Home in Matakana
Sip + Shop Townhouse in the heart of Matakana
Enjoy a sip and shop experience at this centrally located townhouse in Matakana Village. Bright and sunsplashed with a spacious kitchen, indoor and outdoor living room, and a gorgeous bedroom upstairs, the villa is across from 8 Wired Brewery and steps from the Farmer's Market, cinemas, and other Matakana shops and eateries. When you book, you will receive a $30 gift voucher from Matakana’s surf shop, Summer Sessions.
$109 per night
Home in Leigh
Matheson Bay Vista, views and comfort
This is the archetypal New Zealand bach, with magnificent views over idyllic Matheson Bay from the front covered verandah. The rear deck overlooks the sheltered north-facing rear garden, with a lovely country view. The spacious interior is tastefully decorated and has all the amenities required. Only 600 meters walk to a sheltered beach. One Km walks to shop and restaurants. Only 1 hour drive from Auckland.
$156 per night
Guesthouse in Leigh
The Octopus Retreat - Leigh
The Octopus Retreat is a cosy self contained studio located at the end of a cul de sac in the heart of Leigh. It is separate from the main house and is walking distance to the Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh Bar, Leigh Eats, Dairy and the Leigh Harbour. Matheson Bay and Goat Island are only a couple of minutes drive or a 15 minute walk away.
$57 per night

Stay near Leigh's top sights

Leigh Sawmill Cafe48 locals recommend
Leigh Eats19 locals recommend
Glass Bottom Boat Ltd5 locals recommend
Goat Island Marine Reserve36 locals recommend
Goat Island Dive & Snorkel9 locals recommend
Leigh Bar and Eatery6 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Leigh

Apartment in Leigh
The Crow’s Nest. 2 bedrooms in the heart of Leigh
$111 per night
Guest suite in Big Omaha
Pakiri Paradise on the ridge
$84 per night
Tiny home in Leigh
Mrs McGregor’s Garden Sheds
$77 per night
Guest suite in Point Wells
The Vicarage – Brand new, gorgeous private studio
$119 per night
Home in Leigh
Rustic reset on the grid
$120 per night
Guest suite in Matakana
The Little Guest House, Matakana
$80 per night
Private room in Leigh
Leigh Panorama B&B (1 Bedroom)
$84 per night
Home in Leigh
Sunspot bach at Matheson Bay
$96 per night
Home in Whangateau
Private studio in coastal Matakana
$63 per night
Home in Point Wells
Sauna + Hot Tub + Sleepout by Omaha Estuary
$262 per night
Cabin in Tāwharanui Peninsula
Omakana Cottage
$109 per night
Private room in Big Omaha, Auckland, NZ
Matakana Room with a View
$90 per night

Your guide to Leigh

All About Leigh

Lush, tree-covered hills descend into clear, blue-green waves on the outskirts of Leigh, a tiny fishing community an hour north of Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. People come here to swim, scuba dive, and surf in the pristine and inviting waters. Leigh is also renowned for its glass-bottomed boat rides offering enchanting views of the marine ecosystem.

If you prefer to stay on land, the panoramic hike along the Goat Island Walkway takes you through lush fields and broadleaf forests, with views of Hauturu or Little Barrier Island nature reserve. The hidden coastal community has a low-key atmosphere with local fisheries, a general store, a dive shop, coffee shops, and restaurants serving comfort food.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Leigh

The North Island sees only mild temperature swings between the seasons, so it’s comfortable to spend time outdoors in Leigh all year round. The ocean warms up at the beginning of summer in December, and the area experiences its highest temperatures during February and March. This is the optimal time to stay in a vacation rental at Leigh, as the surrounding vegetation is at its greenest. The sea is comfortably warm in summer, so you can enjoy surfing, swimming, and other water sports. During the winter months, from June through August, Leigh sees chilly and damp weather conditions, but nothing extreme. You can still enjoy adventures in the ocean, when the cold water accentuates the thrill of skiing, surfing, and diving.

Top things to do in Leigh

Scenic Glass-Bottomed Boat Rides

Several operators along the Leigh coast offer tours on glass-bottomed boats, which give an intimate experience of sailing across the sea while peering down at all its denizens. Some boats are made entirely of transparent materials and offer once-in-a-lifetime views of the ocean floor, reefs, and caves. You can even rent a clearyak (transparent kayak) and take a solo tour.

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Just to the north of town, the Goat Island Marine Reserve is a prime destination for marine enthusiasts. Grab your snorkel gear (or rent some), swim with the fish, and then walk to Pakiri Beach. Amid the kelp forests and sandflats in these protected waters, you’ll find a wide variety of marine life, including dolphins, orcas, and fur seals. At low tide, you can wander along the rocks at the shoreline, scouting out tide pools.


Leigh’s economy relies heavily on its fishing industry, and casting a line can be a laid-back recreational activity for visitors as well. You can rent fishing gear or even a boat in town, get some light snacks, and head out onto the water.

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