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Surprise Wedding – a First at Matakana Country Lodge!

Surprise Wedding

Surprise Wedding!

Who would have thought our first wedding at Matakana Country Lodge would be a “Surprise Wedding”? Weddings were not our target market, but the phrase “Surprise Wedding” had me intrigued.

When Darrin first contacted me about using the Lodge as a venue for his “Surprise Wedding”, I told him he had … click to read complete article…

Gibbs Farm – The perfect place for a visit by Auckland Getaway Visitors and International Tourists alike that stay at Matakana Country Lodge.

Matakana Country Lodge New Zealand Travel Art Sculptures Gibbs Farm

This week Garth and I were invited to join some friends for a “day out in the neighbourhood.”

They wanted to show us what our guests could accomplish in a day – something a little different.

We were chauffeured in a limousine supplied by Warkworth Tours and taken first to Gibbs Farm located 20 … click to read complete article…

Matakana In May is Pure Magic!

No matter where you look there are glorious rows of vines aglow with bursts of vibrant flame coloured leaves. It is like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The grape harvest is complete, the crushing done, and the new vintage is ready to be tasted. Don’t get too excited … click to read complete article…

The Beautiful Matakana 2013 Summer Weather Is Welcome By Auckland Getaway Visitors and International Tourists – Worth the Extra Effort for Matakana Country Lodge Guests

The Beautiful Matakana 2013 Summer Weather Is Welcome By Auckland Getaway Visitors and Worth the Extra Effort for Matakana Country Lodge Guests

The beautifully stunning Matakana Summer 2013 season weather has been welcome by all visitors to the Matakana Country Wine region. Both Auckland area getaway visitors and long-term international tourists can’t stop raving about how stunning the weather has been on the North Island of New Zealand this year. Until two days ago, we hadn’t seen … click to read complete article…

Matakana 2013 Fruitloop Run & Walk –
Things to Do and Summer Events in Matakana Wine Country
Near Auckland, New Zealand

Matakana Fruit Loops Race & Charity Walk Event Summer Events in Matakana Wine Country Near Auckland New Zealand

The Matakana Fruit Loops Race & Charity Walk Event is fairly new to the Matkana area, and was started just three years ago to raise funds for some local causes. It’s evolving into one of the most popular and most fun summer things to do in the Matakana wine region!

The “Fruitloop” name of the … click to read complete article…

“Very Special Country” – England Guests in the Champagne Room –
Reviews of Matakana Country Lodge Auckland Wine Region Accommodations

Guests from England who stayed in our premiere Champagne Room wrote this in our guest book before they departed…

“A wonderful place to stay in a very special country.” Stephen and Ellen C. England January 12, 2013

Of course there are a good number of English guests who visit us at the Matakana Country Lodge … click to read complete article…

New Zealand’s Famous Pink Sheep Are Not a New Breed – See Pink Sheep Show Attraction at Sheep World in Warkworth/Matakana, NZ

Pink Sheep Sheep World Breed Attraction Matakana New Zealand NZ

Did you know that there are pink sheep in New Zealand? There are! They are located at the Sheep World attraction in the Warkworth / Matakana area, which is a theme park of sorts themed, of course, around sheep.

After taking a guest on a road trip to the Bay of Islands, we decided … click to read complete article…

“Birthday Lunch Secret” – Auckland, New Zealand –
Reviews of Matakana Country Lodge Auckland Wine Region Accommodations

Castor Bay New Zealand Guests at Matakana Country Lodge Auckland Wine Region Accommodations

A Labor Day weekend at the Matakana Country Lodge included a surprise birthday lunch arranged by a husband for his wife. Everyone was in on it except for the birthday girl – even the other guests staying at the lodge that weekend! Here’s what Maggie and John wrote in the guest book after their weekend … click to read complete article…

Best Matakana Food & Wine, Cafes, Pubs, Vineyards & Fine Dining Experiences – Restaurants in the Matakana Coast Wine Region

Matkana Fine Dining Quince Restaurant Dessert Warkworth New Zealand Hotels Bed Breakfast

From roadside fresh produce stands to family owned cafes, local pubs, wine tasting platters, and multi-course fine dining experiences, Matakana is a destination for both food and wine lovers.

Eating out is one of the many pleasures of the Matakana Country Lodge guests (and the Matakana Country Lodge owners)!

We have experienced … click to read complete article…

“Romantic Stay Away From Home” – Westmere, New Zealand
Reviews of Matakana Country Lodge Auckland Wine Region Accommodations

Westmere Auckland New Zealand Guest Reviews Matakana Country Lodge Auckland Wine Region Accommodations

Instead of getting caught in triathlon traffic and crowds, Brad & Naomi escaped to the Matakana Wine Country and here’s what they had to say about their weekend of Labor Day relaxation at the Matakana Country Lodge…

“Excellent hospitality. The spa was just the ticket. We will certainly be back and shall tell all our … click to read complete article…

Matakana Wine Country Region Art Galleries

Matakana Art Galleries Tours Walks Things to Do Auckland Weekend Getaway Accommodations Bed Breakfast

More than a dozen Matakana area arts and crafts galleries feature the work of well-known, local, Maori, and emerging global and New Zealand artists.

Matakana Coast Beaches, Islands, Bays, Reefs & Rock Pools –
World Class Beaches, North Island, New Zealand Things To Do

Matakana Coast Beaches Ocean Surfing Fishing Swimming Water Sports Auckland Area Holiday Hotels Bed Breakfast

The beauty of the Matakana Coast is well-known on the New Zealand North Island, offering easy access to beaches, islands, bays, reefs and rock pools. Each Matakana coastal area has its own distinctive features which allow visitors to experience a wide range of New Zealand’s natural beauty within a leisurely driving distance.

The … click to read complete article…

Auckland Wine Region Vineyards

Auckland Wine Region Matkana Vineyards Tours Tastings Overnight Accommodations Bed Breakfast

The Matakana coast is sometimes also referred to as the Auckland Wine Region and is home to many boutique family-owned wineries, Each Matakana area vineyard is unique and crafts its wine in a distinctive manner.

Matakana is a relatively new to the New Zealand wine industry, but the high quality wines are highly regarded … click to read complete article…

“Wonderful, Magnificent, Gorgeous” – Santa Barbara, California USA –
Guest Reviews of Matakana Country Lodge Accommodations Auckland Wine Region

Santa Barbara California USA Guests at Matakana Country Lodge Auckland Wine Region Accommodations

Visiting their parents (and parents-in-law), who are building a house and relocating from the USA to New Zealand, here’s what Marc & Wren had to say after their two-night stay at the Matakana Country Lodge…

“Wonderful people running a magnificent place in a gorgeous country. Thank you!” Marc & Wren Santa Barbara, California USA

More … click to read complete article…

Matakana Country Lodge Accommodation Details –
Auckland Area Luxury Boutique Accommodation in the Matakana Wine Country Region

Matakana Country Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel facility located in the Wine Country Region, with central access to the best vineyards, beaches, galleries, and restaurants that an Auckland getaway can offer. Offering three beautifully appointed guest rooms, the Matakana Country Lodge provides a pastoral country setting, spectacular wine country views, and a relaxing intimate … click to read complete article…