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Just one hour north of Auckland you will find one of New Zealand’s most picturesque destinations. Matakana Coast & Country offers everything from a beachside holiday to a day out wine tasting at one of the many vineyards and from visiting heritage sites to a weekend in a luxury lodge.
With many delightful vineyards, cafes & restaurants featuring local food and wine, dining out is an adventure in itself. Or you may want an invigorating coastal or bush walk and a picnic at one of the four Regional Parks. Within the Matakana Coast & Country’s relaxing rural setting you’ll also discover numerous villages each with a distinctive character.
A lovely family area, the Puhoi to Pakiri region has a range of water and land activities for all ages. Yachties and bach owners have enjoyed the pleasures of our area for years. The secret’s out – you should come and see for yourself.
Matakana Coast & Country – just one hour from Auckland, but a world away!
Below is a selection of other websites that might be of interest to you travelling to Matakana Coast & Country.
Wineries & Breweries
Winner ‘Outstanding Northland Winery’ Manaakitanga Awards 2008. Available for romantic weddings and corporate meetings & events from 3 to 300 guests.
Read more about Ascension Wine Estate
Brick Bay Wines
Awarded ‘Best Winery Experience’ by Metro Magazine, this boutique vineyard produces elegant estate grown wines. For a unique wine experience, visit The Glass House, a spectacular tasting room (open daily) and gateway to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.
Read more about Brick Bay Wines
Winner ‘Outstanding Winery Experience’ Manaakitanga Awards 2010. Just a few kilometres south of Warkworth, Ransom Wines has wine tasting and winebar facilities, with specialty platters available all day.
Read more about Ransom Wines
Come onboard, stay dry and see all the fish and marine life at New Zealand’s first marine reserve, Goat Island Marine Reserve.
Read more about Glass Bottom Boat
Imagine the sun on your skin, the wind in your face and just the sound of hoof beats on white sand – you can experience the isolation and beauty of Pakiri Beach on a horse to suit your riding ability.
Read more about Pakiri Beach Horse Riding
The sheltered bays, native bush, open pasture and historic sites of Mahurangi Regional Park straddle the entrance to the beautiful Mahurangi Harbour, which gives the park its name.
Read more about Mahurangi Regional Park
50 acres of family entertainment and education including riding lessons and horse riding, children’s super playground, Saturday Market and The Stables restaurant.
Read more about Matakana Country Park
Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region’s most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands.
Read more about Tawharanui Regional Park
Art & Crafts
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail showcases contemporary sculptures by established and emerging artists.
Read more about Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Morris & James is the ideal combination of retail and gastronomic therapy. Creators of high quality, hand-crafted ceramics and the courtyard café serves lunches, coffees and cakes with a fully licensed bar.
Read more about Morris & James Pottery& Tileworks