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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$184.46 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.

$603.06 Outdoor Activities

North Auckland - Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Ezy Driver provides a corporate level of private transport in upmarket sedans and minivans. Ideal for small groups & families looking for that extra level of personal service.North Auckland Pakiri Beach Horse RidingPrivate sedan, SUV or minivan up to 11 passengers Allow 8 hours return to Auckland city + optional add-on's. Located about 90 minutes north of Auckland central or 25 minutes from Matakana, Pakiri beach is sparsely inhabited and by far one of the area's most stunning beaches. With a beautiful coastline ahead, sand dunes, hills and forest behind you, this region is an amazing spot for a day of horse riding or overnight in beach side chalet's, perfect for a special romantic occasion or family getaway. We depart the Auckland region travelling north through the beautiful wine region of Matakana before stopping at Pakiri beach horse rides. A great challenge for all ages and abilities, the team will get you setup and take you on a private tour down country roads, crossing over a stream and into the forest and sand dunes before reaching the coast line. From here you will be absolutely amazed at the untouched beauty of Pakiri beach on horse back as we trek further up the coastline before returning through dunes and native bush. This is a trip ideal for small groups during the summer months of November > April although any sunny day of the year is a great opportunity. On the way back to Auckland we'll have a stop over at Matakana village for lunch and perhaps a wine tasting or two. Recommended add-on's for this trip are east coast sun & sand tour or cheese, honey & wine tour

$595.96 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private VIP Luxury Tour - Choose number of days & we take you all around NZ!

Looking for a private vehicle with a driver to take you around the North Island, South Island or even both?Wish to experience New Zealand as a local & learn about our culture and traditions?Look no further, you're in the right place!We have set itineraries that you can check out or we can make a special one for you at no extra charge. Destinations in North Island like Auckland West Coast Beaches, Goat Island Marine Reserve, Matakana, Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, 90-mile beach, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, Rotorua, Hamilton, Taupo, New Plymouth, Tongariro, Coromandel, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Napier & Wellington.Thats not it, we can also take you on an amazing Ferry ride to the South Island to explore spots like Arthur pass, Franz Joseph, Fox Glacier, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Cardrona, Milford Sounds, Dunedin & Christchurch.Accommodation can be arranged for you at an extra cost or you can make your own arrangments.The Vehicle is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and luxurious trip.Our Mercedes Sprinter vans have USB charging cables, Bluetooth for you to play your music in the car, Free Wifi, Complimentary snacks & water plus having your own experienced tour guide/driver.Our local guide will teach you all about New Zealand and show you the hidden spots that no one else can show you.Languages available (per request depending on availability): English, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and Portuguese.This is indeed the best way to safely travel New Zealand without any worries or stress.

$592.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Multi-Day Private Flexible Tour from Auckland

Want to explore the beautiful New Zealand on your very own private tour? 1-21 day tours available for up to 11 people. Let your own personal guide take you to the secret spot only Kiwi's know while explaining the culture and history to you. Use one of our set itineraries or tell us where you want to go and let us build an amazing custom tour just for you. Better yet take advantage of our discounts on accommodation and activities with our partner companies, or book your own for complete flexibility. What better way to explore this amazing country than having a local guide drive and guide you through your journey.   You will travel in comfort in our stylish and new 12 seater mini buses. Our buses include all the comforts you need including: Full Air conditioning USB charging points next to each seat row  Drop down DVD screen  Fridge with free water and snacks  Destinations we commonly travel to  in the North Island include: Auckland, Matakana, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, 90-mile Beach, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton, Coromandel, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Rotorua, Taupo, New Plymouth, Tongariro National Park, Napier & Wellington.  But that's not all...... From there if you cover the return ferry ticket we can also visit the stunning South Island Including: Picton, Kaikoura, Arthur pass, Franz Joseph, Fox Glacier, Dunedin & Christchurch. Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Cook, Fiordland and Milford Sounds.  We cater for all cultures and languages so please let us know what you need and I'm sure we can create and amazing trip for you.

$188.01 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 2pm You 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).

$173.82 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Matakana Coastal Getaway from Auckland

Head North over the Auckland harbour bridge taking in views of the city Skyline Marinas and Waitemata Harbour. Track North through the beautiful coastal seaside resort towns of Orewa and Waiwera Mineral Springs. Stop in at the Puhoi Cheese Factory to taste some delicious cheeses made by this excellent producer. They make double and triple cream Brie, soft and wash rind cheeses, three different blue cheeses as well as Harvarti, Gouda, Gruyere, goat and Cow Feta and a vintage 4 year aged cheddar. Start your wine tasting at Ascension Vineyard. They produce locally grown varieties like Flora, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinotage and Tannat as well as Methode Traditionelle. Sees a rare 850 year old Kauri tree. The wood from these ancient trees  was turned in  colonial New Zealand cottages , villas, mansions, churches as well as early sailing sea vessels from around 1860.. They are New Zealand’s most revered native tree. The oldest one in New Zealand is in the Waipoua forest dating approximately 2,500 years old. Next enjoy a tutored tasting and an open menu one course lunch with a glass of wine at award winning Plume Vineyard Restaurant. Try the outstanding “Runner Duck” Wines all produced from their local vineyards. Syrah, Pinotage and Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rose’ wines make up the list. In the afternoon visit stuning Tawharanui regional park for magnificent views of Little Barrier Island, Coromandel and the Hauraki Gulf. This park is a Kiwi and rare bird sanctuary and is fully protected. Finally try some locally made chocolate samples from “Chocolate Brown” in Warkworth town. Try three different chocolate praline sample halves. This chocolate company makes an enormous range of hand made world class pralines, and fudges from curvature they source from around world.