April 15, 2010

10 things to do within cooee of Matakana

Matakana toilets

Before you head off, stop in for a wee at these cool toilets in Matakana!

So you’re about an hour and a half north of Auckland in the cute village of Matakana but bugger, it’s not Saturday. The famous farmers market is closed so there’s no trawling for fresh produce, chocolate, berries, smoked meats, et al.

But wait! Before you drive on by, here is a list of 10 other fun and quirky things to see and do within cooee of Matakana:

1•  Lie on a towel with the newspapers at Tawharanui beach

2•  Take a cheeky bottle of wine and fish n chips down to secluded Buckletons Beach

3•  Pop over to Snells Beach and visit the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

4•  Follow the Matakana Wine Trail (bags not be sober driver!)

5•  Take your wet suit and snorkel to Goat Island, or book a glass-bottom boat cruise

Brick Bay Sculpture Park

The cafe at Brick Bay sculpture park

6•  Head to Pakiri for an energetic horse trek along the beach

7•  Visit Kawau Island and historic Mansion House

8•  Buy an icecream from Charlie’s Gelato Garden on Sharp Road

9•  Use the fancy public loos in Matakana town, browse the few shops and have a beer at Matakana House Bar and Grill. (See previous post for the highs and filthy lows of Northland toilets – with pics)

10•  Visit the famous Morris & James factory shop for pottery and sculpture

11•  OR visit the Matakana Farmers Market (but only on Saturday)

Click here for all the info you need on Matakana Village

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