Travel & Leisure Australia 2008

Matakana Rest Stop

Designed by Kiwi architect Steve McCracken, the lodge has the feel of a modern, exclusive hacienda, on a gentle ridge just outside town (Matakana Village). The large, open-plan dining and sitting rooms, made from stone and local Macrocarpa timber, blend easily with the surrounding vineyards. There are only four rooms. Try for one of the two on the northern side; both feature a fabulous view across the vines to Omaha Bay and Great Barrier Island beyond. After indulging in a bath beneath windows of panoramic vistas, open a bottle of Takatu's delicious pinot gris.

...Takatu's owners are typical of the new wave of enterprising people bringing high quality wine and food to Matakana.