Top things to do

Top Choice Microbrewery in Matakana

Sawmill Brewery

Sawmill is recognised as one of the Auckland region's best craft breweries. Relax with a tasting rack of brews amid the rustic but hip decor, and order up a storm from the share-plates menu. It's all good, but we're…
Beach in Matakana

Tawharanui Regional Park

A partly unsealed road leads to this 588-hectare reserve at the end of a peninsula. This special place is an open sanctuary for native birds, protected by a pest-proof fence, while the northern coast is a marine par…
Market in Matakana

Matakana Village Farmers Market

This excellent farmers market lures plenty of Aucklanders up the highway.
Pub Food in Matakana

Matakana

Matakana's heritage pub features stylish decor, local wines and craft beers, and decent bistro food, sometimes including Mahurangi oysters. An American-style smoker turns out good low 'n' slow barbecue – try the por…
Gardens in Matakana

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

After taking an hour-long artistic ramble through the beautiful grounds and native bush of Brick Bay Wines, recuperate with a wine tasting at the architecturally impressive cafe. Ask about the annual 'Folly' competi…
Wine Bar in Matakana

Vintry

In the Matakana Cinemas complex, this wine bar serves as a one-stop cellar door for all the local producers. Beers from local craft breweries are on tap, and the same owners operate a riverside bistro downstairs ser…
Beach in Matakana

Omaha Beach

The nearest swimming beach to Matakana, Omaha has a long stretch of white sand, good surf and ritzy holiday homes. It's the kind of place you might see a former NZ prime minister on the golf course, which is set a f…
Ice Cream in Matakana

Charlie's Gelato Garden

Superb sorbet and gelato made from fresh fruit and interesting ingredients – try the liquorice or ginger-beer flavours – and excellent wood-fired pizzas during summer from Friday to Sunday.
Arts & Crafts in Matakana

Morris & James

Watch the potters at work during the free daily tour (11.30am) or just call in to check out the colourful finished products and the courtyard cafe. Small tiles depicting New Zealand flora and fauna make good souveni…
Cinema in Matakana

Matakana Cinemas

The fantastical Matakana Cinemas complex has a domed roof reminiscent of an Ottoman bathhouse. Titles tend to the art house end of the spectrum, but major Hollywood blockbusters are also screened.