Matakana is becoming an increasingly popular destination for visitors and locals. If you are a food connoisseur then Matakana is the place for you – home grown delicacies and award winning wine are a highlight of the area. Venture to one of the many local wineries for a late afternoon wine tour, tasting some of Matakana’s finest chardonnays, pinot gris and classic varieties of red. Settle down to a gourmet dinner overlooking the beautiful scenery.
Matakana Village was the first town in New Zealand to become a Slow Town – a member of the Cittaslow movement founded in Italy in 1999. Slow Food influences can be experienced in the restaurants, cafés and wineries of the region. Try Plume, Rothko, Matakana Market Kitchen, the Stables, Smiths, the Matakana Pub, Sawmill Brewing Company, JinJin, Brick Bay, OBV, or Ransom’s Winery, the Love Shack, or Black Dog Cafe.
More than 25 wineries in the Matakana Coast and Country offer traditional Bordeaux blends, Shiraz and Pinot Gris. The Vintry, a wine centre and lounge bar in Matakana Village, sells local wines by the glass or bottle. Vineyard tours are available.
And things to do
If/when you are ready, there is much you can do:
- Matakana Village and Farmers’ Market on Saturdays
- Bush, beach and hill-range walking tracks including Te Araroa, The Long Pathway
- Several family-safe beaches offer swimming, surfing, horse-riding, cruises, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, diving and glass bottom boat rides
- Art galleries, artists in residence and the Morris and James Pottery
- The Village cinema complex adjacent the Vintry wine bar.
- Brick Bay sculpture trail and café
- Farm and Kauri Parks and Museums
- Sculptureum and Rothko Restaurant