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The small town of Matakana has recently become a centre for some of the finest wines and produce in the Auckland region. A balmy climate lends itself to growing vines and this has resulted in some fine labels and vintages such as Ascension,  Heron's Flight,  Hyperion Wines, ,  Matakana Estate,  Ransom Wines and Takatu.
Also nearby is Morris and James pottery whose work has become quite collectable. The region also has some great beaches such as Omaha, Buckleton and of course Tawharanui Marine reserve.

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (better known as Goat Island), was New Zealand’s first marine reserve created in 1975.  Covering 518 hectares the marine reserve is a fantastic place for families to encounter New Zealand’s diverse marine flora and fauna.  Snorkelling is the best way to get close to the fish, crustaceans and other marine life that call this sheltered shoreline home and you can hire all your snorkelling gear direct from the beach.  Small children can happily explore the rocky pools and the fascinating communities that live within and there are plenty of picnic spots nearby when you need a break from the water.

Matakana Food and Wine Tour

Matakana Food and Wine Tour

Sample the latest vintage & relax in the rejuvenating atmosphere of local Matakana wineries – purpose built for optimal wine tasting enjoyment, on this 4.5 hour guided Matakana Food and Wine Tour. Visit three carefully selected vineyards where you'll be introduced to local boutique wines, known for their character, diversity and passion. Enjoy discussing the craft with these passionate wine experts. Later, enjoy visits to your choice of two local food producers (options include cheese, chocolate, honey, oysters and ice cream). Meet local kiwis along the way and enjoy stories of how their ventures were established and then flourished.

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