Herald on Sunday: Travel - Sunday Detours

Take it Easy

Takatu Lodge, Matakana

Matakana is packed with things to do. Or you can just do nothing except enjoy a long weekend at this architecturally designed lodge set in the middle of a vineyard...The main dining and reception area has a cosy open fire and the living room has ceilings as high as the moon...The luxurious suites also have French doors opening to the vines and even the decadent bathtubs have a view.

A few minutes' drive from Takatu Lodge is the rugged and beautiful Tawharanui Beach, or go to tiny Buckleton's Beach for fish'n'chips and a glass of wine. Not far away is Snell's Beach, where the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail is worth a visit. Or you can venture to Goat Island for a snorkel, dive or a glass-bottom boat tour. Or call at Charlie's Gelato Garden for home-made gelato before making your dinner plans.

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