The beautiful Kowhai Coast is a must for visitors wanting to explore north - just 30 minutes from Auckland.
Take a trip to Kawau Island with Kawau Kat and visit the historic Mansion House, home of Sir George Grey (Governor of New Zealand 1845-1853 & 1861-1868), or take a tour with Kawau Kat anywhere in the Hauraki Gulf.
If you want to see marine life at its best, contact Goat Island Dive or get in touch with the Glass Bottom Boat.
If you’re into beaches, Tawharanui is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque in New Zealand. If you love white sand take a walk along Omaha Beach, or take a horse trek over scenic farmlands with Horse Riding Warkworth. Visit the Warkworth Museum off Wilson Road for a wonderful collection of memorabilia in a native kauri tree/park setting. Ph: 09 425 7093.
Make sure you don’t miss Morris and James Pottery. Renowned for individually hand made designer ceramics, Morris and James Pottery is a visual and gastronomic feast. No visit is complete without sampling the superb local wines.
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Passionate about growing the very best grapes, and making the finest wines. Described by Peter Saunders, wine critic and author as "the regional star of Matakana".
Stylish, new, self-contained cottage in an elevated setting, with breath-taking panoramic views. Immaculately presented rooms – superior linen, boutique toiletries, log-fire and complimentary wine.
Recent winner of the sought-after NZ Travel Industry Award, we offer an adrenaline-packed day out; kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding, jet boating, and wakeboarding off the beautiful Matakana Coast.
Hurstmere House is an iconic country villa situated in the heart of Matakana Coast & Country. The main house contains two self contained suites-: the Summer Suite & the Library Suite, and Hurstmere Cottage.
Opposite Ascensions Wine Estate, we offer luxury furnishings and laid back country living for one to eight guests on a six acre property. Self-contained or B&B.
Relax at 4 star Kawau Lodge in North Cove, hosted accommodation. Queen & king rooms plus all meals. Transfers and sightseeing tours around Kawau Island.
Matakana Cinemas is a stunning 3-theatre boutique cinema. As a focal point of the local community it features cutting edge art-house, family and blockbuster films using the latest digital projectors with 3D capability.
UpCycled . Ethical . Crafting . A sensory explosion of exquisite food, great coffee, live bands, quality homewares, jewellery, clothing, art and so much more.