Matapouri Bay is just out of Tutukaka in Northland. You will be greeted with crystal clear water, white sand and some moderate waves. If you walk left and keep walking you will find a sign and a track leading you to the ‘mermaid pool’. The track is steep and will take you about 30minutes but it is definitely worth it for one of New Zealands top natural wonders. If you do plan to go to the mermaid pool, check the tide before hand as you will want to go when the tide is low so it is not dangerous. In Matapouri is the local dairy where you will find large, scooped ice cream at $1 per scoop. A true Kiwi’s favorite.