Bush and Beach run regular tours to Matakana region which you can find here. If you want something a little different then we can organise a private tour to suit you. Matakana is famed for its fine wine, arts and delicious range of food options. To organise your tour just contact us to discuss your interests, below are some of the many options available.
The Matakana area is only 40 minutes North of Auckland city centre and is home to some small boutique wineries. The gentle rolling hills and clay soils in the region give rise to some interesting Bordeaux blends and locally grown Pinot Gris is often a favourite. Many of the plantings were done in the 1990’s and the regions lack of spring frosts and long warm autumns can work to the vineyards advantage. Brick Bay vineyard for example is tiny (only 5 hectares) but they manage to produce 6 varietals including Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Heron’s Flight specialise in Italian varietals such as Dolcetto and Sangiovese while you can try some French inspired reds at Runner Duck Estate. Ascension wines has a wide variety in a beautiful setting. We can organise tours in this region and vary them depending on your interests. Simply contact us to find out more.
Several of the Matakana vineyards do delicious lunches such as Brick Bay and Plume. On Saturdays visit the Matakana farmers market and if you have a sweet tooth then check out Chocolate Brown or Charlies Gelato. We can also include a visit to the Honey Centre on the way up to Matakana.