Matakana Village is surrounded by the idyllic beauty of the green countryside. Every Saturday morning, the famous Farmers’ Markets is where you can find fresh fruits, salami, organic chocolate, wine and more.
Ascension Winery (42 min)
Described by NZ wine author Peter Saunders as “the regional star of Matakana”, the Ascension Winery is a ‘Must Visit’ in Matakana. Enjoy the views of vineyards, rolling farmland, and a glass of wine of course.
Sculptureum (49 min)
There are over 700 works of art by local and international artists, three sculpture gardens and six galleries in the Sculptureum. Allow yourself plenty of time, this is a fabulous place to visit and something for every taste and age.
Goat Island (1 h 3 min)
If you enjoy snorkeling or diving, the Goat Island Marine Reserve is the place to go. See ocean wildlife in its natural state, it is a great place to take kids or novice divers. Also, there’s the glass bottom boat ride, great fun.
Pakiri Beach (1 h 10 min)
14km long, and white sand all the way, the beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, and kayaking. One of Pakiri‘s best-known activities is horse riding, visit the Pakiri Beach Horse Rides to learn more.
Omaha Beach (53 min)
Omaha beach is one of the most attractive areas for Aucklander to buy holiday homes. Omaha also offers tennis courts, bowling greens, kids playgrounds, reserves, walking tracks.
Parry Kauri Park (37 min)
The Warkworth and District Museum is located in the beautiful Parry Kauri Park. The giant Kauri is the main attraction. Have a walk through the forest, surround yourself by the amazing trees and birds.
Shakespeare Park (41 min)
The Shakespear Regional Park is a fabulous facility for Aucklanders to enjoy. There are beaches for swimming, a free camping area with BBQs supplied. It’s one of the most beautiful regional parks in Auckland.
Long Bay Regional Park (5 min)
Long Bay Regional Park offers lots of activities, There’s plenty of room to throw a ball, fly a kite or simply relax in the sun. Fantastic place and the views are stunning whether you are on the beach or in the park.
Muriwai Beach (44 min)
A paradise for photography enthusiasts and a resort for Auckland natives. From August to March each year, over 1000 gannets return to the cliffs at Muriwai Beach to begin their nesting season.
Piha Beach (1 h)
Piha beach is New Zealand’s most famous surf destination. For the more adventurous you can climb Lion Rock, steep in parts, but awesome view. Very rugged and natural surrounds.