Matakana Coastal Getaway from Auckland

Visit the picturesque wine region of Matakana. Just an hour north of Auckland you can see native forest and giant tree ferns. See an 850 year old Kauri tree and sample wine,chocolate and flora honeys on the way.Head North to the picturesque region of Matakana. A market garden, vineyard and farming region, this tour takes you through the coastal seaside resort town of Orewa and Waiwera Mineral Springs.Start your tasting at Ascension Wines. Choose from Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Flora, Pinotage and Merlot blends.Enjoy a tutored tasting and an open menu one course lunch with tea/coffee at award winning Plume Vineyard Restaurant. Try the outstanding “Runner Duck” Wines all produced from their local vineyards. Syrah, Pinotage and Sangiovese, Pinot Gris and Rose wines make up the list.In the afternoon enjoy a tasting at either Omaha Bay wines or Mahurangi River Wines. Try some locally made organic Ice Cream and then some chocolate samples from “Chocolate Brown” in Warkworth town.On the way home we stop to see a rare 850 year old Kauri tree and finally sample some native flora honeys at the New Zealand Honey Centre. See the bees in the wall hives and view all the excellent ranges of honey related product including chocolate, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, honey mead, skins creams and health supplements. There is plenty to take home here.

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