About an hour north of Auckland, Matakana is an eclectic coastal town that attracts city slickers with its bohemian food, wine, and arts scene. With only four lodge rooms situated on a working vineyard near the entrance to the gorgeous Takatu Peninsula, Takatu Lodge offers a peaceful respite that combines beach and bush with art and wine. Two ocean-facing suites take in panoramas of Hauraki Gulf, while the upstairs suites overlook vineyards, a small ocean inlet, and the omnipresent farmland. All of them feature vaulted wood ceilings, slide-away doors, double-occupancy bathtubs, and private balconies made for enjoying an alfresco breakfast or a glass of wine as the sun goes down. Rooms are also stocked with yoga mats, fresh juice, locally roasted coffee, Bennetts chocolates, house-baked “biscuits” (cookies), and a take-home candle whose scent matches the one in the bathroom.