Reviews – Matakana in May

Now is the perfect time to plan a weekend away in Matakana; • Play • Sleep • Eat • Go • Shop •

The Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort is the perfect place to soothe tired muscles after a long day of following the Matakana wine trail. A 20-minute drive from Matakana but well worth the trip.

Pack the tent, the trangia stove and the thermal underwear and head to Tawharanui Regional Park for a camping weekend.
The park borders on beautiful beaches and there is plenty of open space for pitching tents.

Those who don’t consider camping quite their style might feel more at home at the Alegria Beautyfarm. Owned by a German-trained beauty therapist , the Beautyfarm offers comfortable B&B accommodation in a tranquil countryside setting. The soothing range of treatments available includes facials, massages and seaweed body wraps.

Any weekend away in Matakana must include a visit to the Village Farmers Market, which is known to attract organically-minded Aucklanders wanting to pick up the freshest produce from up to 31 local growers.
Enjoy lunch at the Heron’s Flight

Vineyard Cafe, amongst vines, mulberries, figs and olives, and overlooking the valleys of Matakana wine country. The uncomplicated seasonal menu allows for serious wine tasting.
A short drive out of Matakana is the Sawmill Cafe, a transformation of the historic Leigh sawmill. A friendly family-run restaurant renowned for pizzas.

Matakana is an hour’s drive north of Auckland. Simply take State Highway 1 over the harbour bridge to Warkworth and take the eastward turn to Matakana from there.

Purchase a unique keepsake at Matakana Pictures, a gallery opened last year to display the works of talented New Zealand artists. Matakana Country Park. The colourful Studio C Gift Boutique stocks hand painted glassware, Italian watches, and the owner’s designer jewellery.

Amy Kelley – NZ Life & Leisure Matakana Harvest Festival May 2006