Make the most of these gorgeous summer days by taking a short 40-minute drive North of Auckland to the exquisite Matakana wine region.
Opt for a car rental in Auckland and take off with your loved ones to this picturesque little region that houses 30 charming vineyards alongside olive groves, quaint restaurants and the Matakana Village. If you happen to be visiting on a Saturday, you will also get a chance to be at the famous Farmers’ Market where you can purchase some great locally grown foods and produce.
Exploring the Matakana Village
Drive to the charming village of Matakana, which is almost a 200-year-old settlement with an evident sense of community and an extremely proud history. If you wish to spend more than just a day in this region, you will be able to check into a luxury lodge or Bed and Breakfast, allowing you to explore all the local vineyards at your own pace and leisure. This charming village is also home to small boutiques, bookstores, gift shops, and stores for health foods, homewares and other items that you expect only to find in a charming town such as this.
In addition to this, you will also be able to spend your time exploring bars, restaurants, art galleries, beauty salons and a famous boutique cinema hall. Choosing to stop here for one or two nights is also a great way to take a break during your drive and explore some of the gorgeous east coast beaches and fishing villages.
The Famous Farmers’ Market
Here on a Saturday?
Do not forget to visit the Matakana Farmers’ Market. You will witness the works of local artisans and could also buy from local farmers and growers. With the freshest fruits, vegetables, Italian sausages, organic chocolates, artisan baked goods, fine wines, olive oils, flowers, freshly brewed coffee and other exquisite items to try and buy, the farmers’ market simply cannot be missed. To top it all, there is also the charm of live music that adds to the enchantment of the market.
Getting to Matakana Village
The short drive to this village is a convenient one to make from Auckland in your car rental. Most part of your drive will take place on the northern motorway and then a short journey on the state Highway 1. This trip will take you through the exquisite countryside, making it a memorable ride for all.
Choose a reliable car rental service in Auckland that allows you to make a comfortable trip to and fro the Matakana Village in a single day. Renting a car is a great way to gain some flexibility on your trip to this region.