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Auckland Day Trip: Matakana

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Full of vineyards, eclectic stores, outdoor activities, and the famous Matakana Farmers' Market, it's no wonder so many Aucklanders drive 40 minutes every weekend to the Matakana Coast.
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17 Arabella Ln, Snells Beach, Warkworth 0982, New Zealand
From Brick Bay Winery, walk the mile-long sculpture trail, which meanders past native fern trees, lakes, and rows of pinot gris vines. The rotating exhibit displays roughly 50 pieces by emerging and established Kiwi artists. Watch for Phil Price’s...
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Matakana 0985, New Zealand
Have time to explore beyond Auckland’s CBD? 45min north is the village of Matakana that gets inundated ever Saturday morning by Aucklanders going to its Farmers Markets. Fresh organic produce, whitebait fritters (a local delicacy), hand-made...
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1 North West Anchorage, Omaha Beach 0946, New Zealand
The postcard-perfect sandy white Omaha Beach is only 10min away from the township of Matakana. Its calm waters make it a favourite for water skiers; there's a good boat ramp to launch your fishing expedition from; and surf lifesavers patrol it...
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518 Whitmore Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Tawharanui Peninsula 0986, New Zealand
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...
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30 Matakana Valley Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
It's larger than a village but smaller than a town, and yes, Matakana does indeed have "cool things." Next to the weekly markets are a number of eclectic stores, specializing in local crafts and "cultured Kiwiana." Pop into "the Cream of Matakana"...
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2 Matakana Valley Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
When in Matakana I make a point of shopping at Red Letter Day. I do have a love of writing so it's easy to appreciate beautiful fountain pens, timeless stationery and artfully-produced cards. Located at the bottom of the steps leading to the...
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48 Tongue Farm Rd, Matakana 0910, New Zealand
At their riverfront studio,Anthony Morris andhis family make potterydepicting local flora,such as the pohutukawaa tree and toetoe grass. —Amanda Jones This appeared in the January/February 2011 issue.
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10 Queen St, Auckland 0920, New Zealand
For the most creative cuisine in New Zealand, head to the Matakana Coast, one hour northeastof Auckland. This laid-back area is home to artisan food shops and more than 32 vineyards that produce Bordeaux-style varietals such as malbec, merlot, and...