Matakana’s beautiful beaches, boutique vineyards and local arts scene make this region a divine destination. Stroll through the specialist shops in the picturesque village centre and don’t miss the superb Matakana Farmers’ Market on the river’s edge for gourmet goodies.
Pick up fresh local and organic produce at the Matakana Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Find delicious cheeses, artisan breads, gourmet spreads, olive oils, craft beers and more.
Find a work of art
Browse the art and craft galleries and find everything from paintings by local artists to the renowned Morris & James Pottery. Don’t miss Matakana’s fantastic outdoor sculpture trail.
Explore the coast
Visit some of the beautiful white-sand beaches along Matakana’s stunning coastline. Walk along a deserted bay or picnic under a tree with your treats from the farmers’ market.
Get back to nature
Make the most of Matakana’s beautiful setting. Explore Tāwharanui and Scandrett Regional Parks and go swimming, walking, fishing, mountain biking or bird watching.
Just an hour from central Auckland, Matakana is the perfect place for a day trip.
Drive through rolling countryside to boutique wineries. Explore the Matakana Coast, stretching from Puhoi to Pakiri and dotted with scenic bays. Wander through Matakana Village, home to the superb farmers’ market, gorgeous shops, a boutique cinema and great cafés.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy the vast range of aquatic activities that the Auckland environment offers, whether at the beach, lake, river or pool, boating, fishing or diving. Please be aware that water presents a potential hazard, for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself in, on and under the water please click here.
Auckland beaches are beautiful and are great places to visit but please be aware they can present a potential hazard - for safety steps you can take when enjoying yourself at Auckland’s beaches please visit Water Safety New Zealand. Surf Life Saving New Zealand patrol over 80 of New Zealand’s busiest beaches each summer, please click here. Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags as they identify the safest area to swim when an active lifesaving patrol is on the beach. Never swim or surf alone on an unpatrolled beach.