Escape to a food and wine paradise in a place with a rich history that was built on timber, flax and clay!

In our series on the Hidden Gems in New Zealand, we turn our attention to Matakana, a small town built around the Matakana River, an hour’s drive from Auckland and a great place to spend a day on your Kiwi road trip.

Along with its unique and fascinating history, the town has also become renowned for its produce, crafts and wine!

Some great things to look at and discover in our guide below!

Things to do in Matakana

The great thing about Matakana is that so much of its history has endured and flourished over the years. With a strong community spirit, it’s a very welcoming and warm environment to experience many of the things from this bygone era.

Events and festivals in Matakana

Matakana is the type of place that has plenty going on right throughout the year. Quite a number of those are pop-up events, but they’ve also a few regular ones that are great to attend if your dates happen to coincide.

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