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Local Area

An hour north of Auckland, the magnificent Matakana Coast area is the playground for Aucklanders; with it's picturesque vineyards, boutique wineries, award winning breweries, restaurants, world famous farmers market, cafes, pristine beaches and marine reserves. By being based at Waimahu Retreat, you will have a plethora of activities to indulge in.

The Matakana region provides a wealth of experiences and activities. Outdoor pursuits such as fishing, boating, diving, surfing and swimming are the main attractions. Beaches abound, ranging from surf beaches to safe swimming beaches. However there is a thriving wine culture in the area with a number of vineyards opening for tastings or for lunch. There is a flourishing local arts and craft community with a number of shops, collectables and cottage industries to visit.

Stay & Play with us...

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Great excursions are; catching the ferry to Kawau Island and having lunch at The Boathouse at Vivian Bay: cruising the Mahurangi River on an restored schooner; eating oysters on the Shuck ferry; spending the morning at the Saturday Matakana Farmers Market; visiting the Tawharanui Regional Park, (beach, swimming, surfing and great walks,); dinner and the movies at the Matakana Vintry and Cinema Matakana Village; and diving or snorkelling at Goat Island Marine Park, Leigh.

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Waimahu is situated 3 minutes from Martins Bay and Snells Beach, with Matakana and Warkworth being a 10-minute drive. You can visit the main scenic places in this area in a day, and we will be happy to organise this for you, or give suggestions of the places to visit.