The small town of Matakana has recently become a centre for some of the finest wines and produce in the Auckland region. A balmy climate lends itself to growing vines and this has resulted in some fine labels and vintages such as Ascension, Heron's Flight, Hyperion Wines, , Matakana Estate, Ransom Wines and Takatu.
Also nearby is Morris and James pottery whose work has become quite collectable. The region also has some great beaches such as Omaha, Buckleton and of course Tawharanui Marine reserve.
Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (better known as Goat Island), was New Zealand’s first marine reserve created in 1975. Covering 518 hectares the marine reserve is a fantastic place for families to encounter New Zealand’s diverse marine flora and fauna. Snorkelling is the best way to get close to the fish, crustaceans and other marine life that call this sheltered shoreline home and you can hire all your snorkelling gear direct from the beach. Small children can happily explore the rocky pools and the fascinating communities that live within and there are plenty of picnic spots nearby when you need a break from the water.
Sample the latest vintage & relax in the rejuvenating atmosphere of local Matakana wineries – purpose built for optimal wine tasting enjoyment, on this 4.5 hour guided Matakana Food and Wine Tour. Visit three carefully selected vineyards where you'll be introduced to local boutique wines, known for their character, diversity and passion. Enjoy discussing the craft with these passionate wine experts. Later, enjoy visits to your choice of two local food producers (options include cheese, chocolate, honey, oysters and ice cream). Meet local kiwis along the way and enjoy stories of how their ventures were established and then flourished.
A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip. After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand. These tours allow you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, APP guidance plus local support mean your New Zealand vacation is in safe hands. See self drive ideas here
If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour might be for you. Our sister company at New Zealanbd Coach has a range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. Tours are limited to a certain number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgeable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See small group tours here.
A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgeable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. All our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide, so if it is what you fancy just contact us to discuss.
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