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Booming thanks to wineries!

Acension wines, Matakana 29-03-2012 4-52-52 p.m.

This once rural village with only a few services (only 20 years ago!) is now the home of sophisticated shops and galleries, the legendary Saturday morning Matakana Village Farmers Market, iconic public toilets (that have become an attraction in their own right), a boutique cinema complex and numerous cafes.

And that’s before we start talking about the vineyards and wineries, which are garnering a glowing reputation for pinot gris, merlot, syrah and more. Check it out at Taste Matakana Wines.

There’s even top craft beer – try a drop at The Sawmill Brewery and Smoko Room.

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Matakana Information Centre - 2 Matakana Valley Rd

Matakana Wine Trail Map

Up North


Exploring the North

Visit the Bay of Islands & the top (3-4 days)

Wine Lovers' Itinerary

Follow the vines (1-3 weeks)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Mark in New Zealand