JUST STAYING HERE IN AN AWARD-WINNING VINEYARD might satisfy your deep wishes for discovery and adventure. But this is the Matakana Coast, not just a premium wine-growing and farmers'-market area but also renowned for magnificent beaches and stunning natural beauty.
You'll logically want to devise a trail of your own around the vineyards - there are also Winery Tours. But then lift your eyes for more clues. Pakiri Beach offers exhilarating walks and the chance to gallop horses through the waters' edge. Tawharanui Regional Park is almost 600 hectares of protected natural habitat with New Zealand birds and wildlife including Kiwi and thrilling ecology, coastal and Maori trails; its suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and always voted a favourite. The boldest will trek to the top of Mt Tamahunga, tallest mountain in the Auckland Region, with views of land, ocean, islands and Auckland City, less than an hour away.
Beaches spoil you with choice and every imaginable water sport including scuba diving and glass-bottom boat explorations at Goat Island Marine Reserve. The Matakana and Mahurangi rivers invite you to kayak or canoe to hidden inlets, the coast or inner islands. Gardens include stunning Omaio Matakana Garden and the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, where local artists display in a natural bush and vineyard setting. Sheepworld features sheep and dog shows where you interactively learn about the facts of New Zealand's rural life.
Phew! Is that enough clues? Once here, you'll detect many more and succeed to discover trails to the times of your lives.