Day Trips

Day Trips
Shakespear Regional Park
At the tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park has sheltered bays, pastureland, regenerating native forest, cliffs and a lookout with views second to none. In one direction take in the Auckland landscape and in another the idyllic panorama of the Hauraki Gulf and outlying islands.
shakespear regional park

The park is a great place for all kinds of water sports including fishing, windsurfing, snorkelling and diving around the wreck of the SS Wainui at the eastern end of Te Haruhi Bay.

muriwai gannet colony and beach

has a windswept, rugged coastline and 60km of surf beach backed by rolling sand dunes, making it one of the most popular west coast beaches of the Auckland region.  Inland, native bush, picnic areas and walking tracks contras with the harsh coastline.  At certain times the park is home to gannets, terns and fur seals.

Muriwai Gannet & Tern Colony has two viewing platforms that provide unhindered views of the birds.  The colony is growing annually with approximately 1,200 pairs of adult birds nesting in the summer.

Seals:  Fur seals regularly feed and rest at Oaia Island 1.6km off the coast.  During the spring they can sometimes be seen sun-bathing on the rocks below the gannet colony.

matakana wineries

Matakana Vineyards

Matakana Wine Trail consists of approx 11 wineries that provide wine tasting, restaurants, etc. 

matakana markets

Farmers Market
is held on Saturday mornings in the main street of Matakana.  Enjoy the fun of having meals cooked by roadside stalls – generous whitebait fritters on occasions - or dining at one of the delightful village restaurants.

Delicious food also to be enjoyed at the beautiful cinema centre’s restaurant, bar and lounge
"Lovely stay with warm generous people - amazing omelette" - Kent, UK

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