48 Hours in Matakana


Less than an hour’s drive from Auckland, Matakana is the ideal region to escape to for a weekend where the focus is on well-being to recharge body and mind. Outdoor activities include beach walks, along with swimming and surfing, plus there are art trails, a boutique cinema, the ever-popular farmers’ market and, importantly, oodles of opportunities to indulge in fine food and wine.

Rest awhile

If you’re escaping with a crowd of mates, Plume Villas or Riverside offer a slice of life’s little luxuries in self-contained serviced villas set in tranquil surrounds. Plume also has a restaurant and cellar door on the property for lunch and dinner. Just the two of you for a dreamy escape? Check in to Beauregard Cottages – three quaint, private, self-contained cottages in gorgeous gardens – or book unique accommodation at The Stables Cottage in the beautiful Bali Garden near Point Wells.

There’s a host of other accommodation, in every price range, from camping grounds and motels to private B & Bs. If all else fails or you’re keen on being close to the beach, see Omaha Holiday Houses for a selection of residences and baches curated by Nicola Hooper.

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