Welcome to Matakana

The reason for this transformation is the area’s boutique wineries, which are developing a name for pinot gris, merlot, syrah and a host of obscure variet­als. Local vineyards are detailed in the free Matakana Coast Wine Country (www.mata­kanacoast.com) and Matakana Wine Trail (www.matakanawine.com) brochures, available from the Matakana Information Centre.

Also available at the centre is information on B&B accommodation, tours exploring the rural and coastal hinterland, and a growing array of local stores specialising in antiques and vintage furniture and homewares.

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$179.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Matakana Coast and Country Tour

This tour from Auckland to Matakana and the surrounding countryside will take you over Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, and follow coastal roads, stopping frequently for views and photo opportunities of our stunning North Shore beaches. North of the city limits, we will visit the Honey Centre near Warkworth which boasts New Zealand’s largest display of live bees, where a huge range of honeys are available for tasting. There is a wide range of honey-related skincare products, ointments, honey mead and fruit wine for sampling and purchase. The tour visits Matakana Village and the renowned Morris & James Pottery where a tour will guide you through the processes of manufacturing their stunning works. The huge showroom displays a wide range of their hand crafted pots, wall art and sculptural pieces. Lunch will be provided at a local country cafe. Passing rolling farmland and vineyards, we stop at the hidden gem of Parry Kauri Park and Warkworth's Early Settlers Museum. Here you will see 600 and 800 year old kauri trees. A short bush walk gives an opportunity to hear and see native birdlife among the bush and ferns. The community run Museum gives a glimpse into the local history of this region. At the historic village of Puhoi you can imagine how it was to live here in the 1800’s. Visit the old Hotel and the tiny Library built by the Bohemian Settlers who arrived around 1863. Plenty of time for photos and perhaps even a beer while sitting in the sun.

$217.16 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine and Food Tour of Matakana from Auckland

We pick you up from your Auckland hotel at 10am and take you on a journey to sample Matakana wines and explore this very scenic rural & coastal region meeting the locals along the way. Matakana is renowned for its artisan food producers and has a superb reputation for quality.  You sample the latest vintage and relax in the rejuvenating atmosphere of the wineries that are purpose built for optimum enjoyment of their wines.  Relax and let our local guide take you on tour to experience a taste of what this unique region has to offer. Enjoy an entertaining and informative tour.   All inclusive of 3 to 6 wine and food tastings, an antipasto platter lunch of local produce at one of the vineyards with an inspiring view and your very own local guide.  We visit other attractions as time allows on route such as Morris and James pottery, hand made chocolate factory, Honey centre, boutique cheese factory and spectacular coastal views.We return back to your hotel at around 5pm.

$196.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Nature & Kiwi Day Tour from Auckland

Your guide for the day will pick you up from your centrally located Auckland accommodation for your nature tour to Tawharanui, a little over one hour from Auckland.Pick up times vary with seasons, between 1.30pm and 2pmYou will first visit Parry Kauri Park to see an 800 year old kauri tree and then to the boutique village of Matakana, before continuing on our way to the mainland sanctuary of Tawharanui.Two guided walks are included; one in the day time and one at night-time to discover New Zealand’s nocturnal life including the kiwi. Each walk is around 2 hours – a reasonable level of fitness is required. (Please note; that on the night walk to protect and assist in finding wildlife we will be using red lights, tracks are well formed but there can be tree roots and sometimes patches of mud).Your guides are passionate, and very knowledgeable, about New Zealand's unique environment, it's natural history, flora and fauna.Take some time to relax or explore the white sandy beaches and coastlines.Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic dinner looking out onto the ocean and outlying islands as the sun sets. This is an intimate small group tour with a max of 7 people.Your return to your Auckland hotel will vary with seasons (10pm in winter-time and mid-night in summer-time – times approx).

$150.97 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Matakana Market and Wineries Tour from Auckland City

On your tour of the Matakana region you will enjoy scenery such as vineyards, beautiful countryside dipping down to the ocean, stunning beaches and local fishing villages.First you will explore iconic NZ village, Matakana for boutique shopping, art galleries & cafes. On Saturdays you will also visit the Farmers Market - fresh produce, artisan cheeses, olive oil, oysters and of course the market's own coffee roasted and ground on the spot. This is a good opportunity to purchase delicious local food for grazing on throughout the day to keep you sustained until your late lunch of amazing fresh fish, well worth waiting for.  You will then head off to two boutique Matakana vineyards for wine tastings. At Sculptureum there is then the opportunity to view a truly mind-blowing art collection which is suitable for all ages and abilities. Even if you are not a major art lover, this really is a must-do and there is nothing else like it in New Zealand. Then you will enjoy a late lunch of locally caught fresh fish and chips from local fishing village Leigh. We take this down to eat on the beach at Goat Island Marine Reserve. You can then enjoy a walk on the beach or an optional relaxed Clearyak to view New Zealand marine life in their native environment. Optional stop-offs on the way back can include the Sawmill Brewery for a tasting platter of boutique beers made on site, local gelato, local chocolate or a manuka honey tasting at The Honey Centre. Departs Auckland City daily 8.30am/returns 5pm Duration: 8+ hoursFree Pick-ups from inner city and various locations within Auckland City (selected accommodation pick-ups and drop-offs also available) begins at 8:00 am.

$137.19 Day Trips & Excursions

Clearyak (glass canoe) Marine Tour from Auckland City

First you will stop at iconic NZ village Matakana. This is a great place for a coffee made with beans roasted and ground on the spot, and an opportunity to do some relaxed shopping. On Saturdays you will also visit the Farmers Market - fresh produce, artisan cheeses, olive oil, oysters and of course the market's own coffee. This is a good opportunity to purchase delicious local food for grazing on throughout the day to keep you sustained until your late lunch of amazing fresh fish, well worth waiting for. Then you will visit Goat Island, New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve protected from fishing and how the ocean 'used-to-be'. You will then embark on an intimate experience viewing marine life up-close in their natural habitat gently paddling the reserve by Clearyak a 100% clear kayak. You are likely to view fish such as snapper, parore, red moki, blue maomao, eagle ray and stingray. Clearyak experience: • 1 hour • You will be fully assisted into your kayak - think concierge kayaking! • Slowly paddle the marine reserve to take in all the marine life beneath you (self-guided, maximum 100 metres from shore, no need to go far)  • Clearyak team member will be out on a paddle-board if you have any questions about the reef & marine life.   • Two person kayaks • No kayak experience required • One person in each kayak must be able to swim 20+ metres without buoyancy aid & have moderate level of fitness • Minimum age 3 yrs • Children under 12 yrs must be accompanied by an adult • Weight limit 100kg per person (or 200kg total per Clearyak) • Perfect for kids & anyone who doesn't want to get in the sea • All equipment provided with full safety briefingFor lunch you can taste New Zealand fish! You will then visit other local hidden gems: the incredible indoor and outdoor sculpture galleries at Sculptureum, the latest Auckland tourism attraction. Other optional stop-offs include a local ice cream producer and manuka honey tasting at The Honey Centre. On our tour of the Matakana region you will enjoy scenery such as beautiful countryside dipping down to the ocean, stunning beaches and local fishing villages. Departs Auckland City daily 8.30am/returns 5pm  Duration: Full day - 8+ hours Departs: various locations within Auckland City (selected accommodation pick-ups and drop-offs also available) 

$189.58 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Coast to Coast Auckland Wine Tasting Day Tour

We collect you from your city accommodation at around 9.30am and head off on a 40-45 minute drive to the West Coast and Kumeu wine region. You’ll spend the morning wine tasting at a selection of two of the family owned and operated wineries in the Kumeu / Huapai / Waimauku district, the three small rural villages that make up this area. We prefer not to always visit the same wineries on our tours, after all we don't all like the same wine! So we do our best to use our nearly 20 years of experience to select the wineries on the day to best suit your tastes and interests. During the morning you'll experience some spectacular sightseeing at Muriwai Beach (black sand) on the Tasman Sea and get up close to the birds at ‘Takapu’ gannet-colony.
 Birds nesting roughly July/Aug' to April/May the next year. You then get to relax and enjoy the cross-country drive, approx' 1 hour, to the Pacific East Coast through a variety of scenery including forests, farms & small rural communities. We travel a little further North through some seaside settlements with views of small bays, beaches and the Pacific Ocean.
By now it's time to stop for a delicious open menu, main course, vineyard restaurant lunch (included) along with wine tastings at one of the small, family owned & operated, boutique wineries in the beautiful Matakana region.
In the afternoon, after lunch, you’ll visit another of Matakana’s unique ‘boutique’ estate wineries, selected based on your interests, to sample their exclusive, locally 
produced wines before we return you to your city accommodation at around 5.00pm.