Just one particular hour’s travel north of Auckland is Matakana district a region blessed with wonderful beaches, lush countryside, boutique wineries, sector gardens, energetic cafés and fine-dining restaurants.
Matakana Village is the hub of the region with its combine of initial, renovated township structures and the freshly formulated Matakana Village Complicated.
Each and every Saturday, Matakana Village Farmer’s Marketplace swings into life. The put for severe foodies, savour a spiced hot chocolate although browsing by way of stalls replete with new natural veggies, no cost-vary eggs, freshly baked breads, homemade sausages and domestically generated meats, relishes and cheeses.
A wander all over the village will uncover a environment of culinary pleasures. Matakana Patisseries is a a great deal beloved community haunt and is famed for its pies, artisan breads, french pastries and ‘melt in the mouth’ chocolate éclairs. For the finest espresso and household-manufactured muffins in town, prevent by Black Canine Café. Blue, Matakana’s organic and natural ice-cream café, tends to make mouth watering ice lotions, sorbets and smoothies. A cone of their signature blueberry natural ice-cream is a have to.
Take early morning or afternoon tea at the Brookview Teahouse for a delightful knowledge of exquisite sandwiches, tiny cakes, tarts and pastries. At the Vintry, delight in the wines of the region with out driving to the wineries. Tucked away by the Matakana Cinema, the Vintry offers area Matakana wines by the glass or bottle.
Matakana is also the property of internationally regarded Morris and James Pottery and Tile Functions. Attractive handcrafted and glazed terracotta pots, tiles, plaques and wall artwork, totally free pottery tours and Cosi, their licensed courtyard café and bar are amongst the quite a few factors to shell out a take a look at.
And if you are visiting with kids, you will find the Matakana Nation Park a farm and equestrian topic park showcasing playgrounds, a petting zoo, horse driving and miniature coach rides.
With a lot more than 20 boutique vineyards, it really is no wonder Matakana has attained a standing for earth class wines and sensational food items.
If you only check out one vineyard although in Matakana, make guaranteed you visit Ascension. This several award-profitable wine estate and restaurant dares to be distinct yet gets it ideal every single time. Ascension specialises in hand-crafted wines making use of grape versions rarely found outside Matakana and their popular restaurant, the Oak Grill, marries their wines with food to perfection.
For a special expertise, go to Heron’s Flight, the only vineyard in NZ that specialises in Italian grapes. In excess of the decades, the winery has developed into a Tuscan type farm and restaurant exactly where vines intermingle with figs, mulberries and olive trees.
Matakana Coastline is recognized for its gorgeous surroundings, rolling hills and pristine beaches.
Goat Island Marine Reserve is a need to stop by. Teeming with fish and other sea existence, the greatest way to expertise what is actually on give is by snorkelling and diving or if you want to keep dry, taking a cruise on a glass bottom boat.
Even more north lies Pakiri beach, 30km of stunning, undeveloped, pristine white sand seashore. The street to Pakiri Seashore is a windy metal highway but totally truly worth the travel. Go strolling or practical experience this coastal wonderland on horseback with Pakiri Horse Again Rides.
You can also enjoy the surf at Omaha, sail at Kawau Island, soak in the warm pools at Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort or take pleasure in the splendour of the Matakana district’s 3 regional parks Tawharanui, Mahurangi, and Scandrett’s. These parks deliver some of the region’s most wonderful white sand seashores, rolling pastures, shingled bays, indigenous coastal forest and wetlands.
Matakana is a area ample in life’s pleasures so spoil by yourself and make guaranteed you take a look at Matakana before long.