- Stock-up on tasty local produce at the Farmers’ Market
- Sip a glass of pinot gris, or a classic red at a local vineyard
- Catch a film at the beautiful boutique cinemas
- Stroll amongst contemporary sculptures in an outdoor art gallery
- Matakana Coast is one of Auckland’s prime wine regions
- The Matakana Coast Wine Country stretches from Puhoi in the South to Pakiri in the North
- This ‘slow food’ destination prides itself on producing organic and local food
Just an hour’s drive from downtown Auckland you’ll discover Matakana - a foodie’s heaven. If you enjoy homegrown delicacies and award-winning wine then look no further.
Stroll around the weekly Matakana Farmers’ Market. Smell the rich aromas of freshly brewed coffee, enjoy an indulgent brunch of delicious crepes piled high with bacon and maple syrup, or savour hot mussel fritters. The stalls are packed with goodies perfect for the weekly shop or for gifts and treats. Organic chocolate, fresh fruit and veges, cheeses, homemade jams and spreads and meaty sausages are in abundance. Sample fine wines, locally brewed beer and enjoy live music and a cheerful atmosphere.
Matakana village is a picturesque country destination with galleries, gift stores, fashion boutiques and eateries inviting you in to explore. In the heart of the village lives the local cinema, a stunning three-theatre boutique complex with individually themed theatres. Pop next door to the quintessential café to taste their delicious organic blueberry ice cream.
Take a drive through the rolling countryside and lush valleys and visit local boutique vineyards. The Matakana Coast stretches from Puhoi to Pakiri and is dotted with deserted scenic bays with islands and recreational reserves. The area is relatively new as a wine-growing region and already its wineries are acclaimed for their chardonnay, pinot gris and classic red varieties. It’s a superb blend of coast and country.
The Matakana skyline is dominated by the spectacular Mt Tamahunga, which at 436m is the highest point in the region. While bearing a striking resemblance to Rangitoto Island, a dormant volcano in the Hauraki Gulf, Mt Tamahunga is in fact an outcrop of resistant sandstone. The popular Tamahunga Trail stretches for six kilometres from Omaha Valley Road to Pakiri and is part of the national Te Araroa Walkway, a series of hiking tracks stretching the length of New Zealand.
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