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There’s something about Matakana that stirs the hungry (and thirsty) soul. Could it be its quaint eateries and wineries, perhaps? Sip on a creative cocktail over tapas at Smiths or enjoy a farm-to-fork dinner at The Farmer’s Daughter. Don’t forget to enjoy a scoop of gelato from Charlie’s in Warkworth – it's a rite of passage.
Taste your way through 65 hectares of wine country around Matakana’s surrounds. From chardonnay and pinot gris to merlot and pinot noir – you’ll be spoilt for choice in this boutique wine region. Short on time? Head to the Vintry wine bar in Matakana for a tasting after most cellar doors close. Beer buffs can beeline it to The Sawmill Brewery and 8 Wired Barrelworks, two craft breweries with big flavour and personality.
Leave time to browse the art, antiques and gift shops in Matakana village – Morris & James Pottery is a must for ceramics. Wander through an open-air sculpture gallery at the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail to pass by native bush, olive groves and a lush vineyard. Brick Bay will please foodies and wine-lovers, too, with wine tastings and the renowned Glasshouse restaurant. On a similar beat, spend a few hours meandering through the whimsical gardens and sculpture curations at the Sculptureum – best washed down with a glass of vino.
Matakana is wedged between country and coastline, with long stretches of untouched beaches just minutes away. Be sure to explore Tāwharanui Regional Park for some of the best swimming in the region – you may even spot a few takahē.
Staying a while? Sleep in a teepee beneath the stars or spend the night in a sumptuous lodge. As with food and drink in Matakana, the options are endless.
Location Te wāhi
MatakanaPlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
It takes around an hour to drive from the city to Matakana on State Highway 1. Be prepared – the village market makes Saturday one of the busiest days to travel, especially in late morning.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
While most vendors at the Matakana Village Farmers Market offer EFTPOS, play it safe by bringing cash to avoid ATM queues.