When you book your accommodation In Matakana you can enjoy some amazing local activities in Matakana.
Mansion House Cruise
The perfect day trip with so much to see and do, you’ll want to do it over & over again!
Sir George Grey, the third Governor of NZ, purchased Kawau Island in 1862 and began establishing a ‘Garden of Eden’ including transforming the old Copper Mine Manager’s house into an imposing mansion.
Wander through the carefully restored Mansion House and admire the many artifacts gleaned from Sir George Grey’s travels through the Pacific, or marvel at the everyday objects of the Victorian era.
For more information visit: www.kawauwatertaxis.co.nz/cruises/mansion-house-cruise
The Matakana region has many excellent wineries to visit. Tastings are usually on offer daily, cellar door sales are available and most have accompanying restaurants with a wide range of snacks and main meals.
Here are a few of our favourites:
We can arrange half or full day guided wine tours for you – ask us when booking.
There’s plenty of choice to suit all tastes and pockets.
- Café Sandspit
- Matakana Country Kitchen
- Rusty Pelican
- The Bridgehouse, Warkworth
- Thai Restaurant, Warkworth
Two reknowned golf courses are within a short drive of the lodge.
Matakana Village Farmers’ Market
Experience the warmth and friendliness of this famous farmers’ market every Saturday morning. With over 30 regular stalls offering local gourmet produce, it’s well worth a visit – a must for foodies!
Fishing Charter boats available from the Sandspit wharf (bookings necessary)
- Canoeing and Kayaking on the Puhoi river
- Morris & James Pottery
- Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
- Explore Goat Island Marine reserve on a glass bottom boat
- Horse riding on Pakiri Beach
- Water Taxis & Excursions to Kawau Island
- Scenic beach and bush walks from the lodge or in the local regional parks
Get further information on the Matakana area at www.matakanacoast.com