Matakana is the name of a charming, small town in New Zealand. This scenic area has several, fabulous vineyards and wineries that increasingly attract visitors from all over, but particularly those from nearby Auckland. With the rise of wineries in Matakana has also come an appreciation for fresh, local foods. Visitors can partake from the delicious food and wines of the area by dining at its cosy restaurants. Artisans populate the coast area, and you can browse or buy their crafts at the small boutique stores that dot the area.
- Take a winery tour through Matakana’s fertile wine country, where you’ll learn how the grapes are grown, how the wine is made, and get an opportunity to try the finished product for yourself.
- Choose your picnic foods at the Matakana Farmer’s Market, held on Saturdays, and enjoy a meal of local foods, fresh from the farm, and remember to stock up on food for your outing to Auckland.
- Ride beachside on a horse, from one of several equestrian companies in the area (some take reservations from offices in Auckland), and enjoy the slower pace and spectacular scenery.
Most travellers to New Zealand arrive in Auckland, which has an international airport. The Auckland to Matakana trip must be done by vehicle, whether that is a rental car, or a tour van. There is no train or air service into the town. Rental cars can be easily procured in larger New Zealand cities. There are several companies that run tours to the area's scenic countryside, most of them involving winery tours. Matakana town, itself, is small and easy to get around by walking, or via the town's few taxicabs.