With Summer just around the corner it’s easy to start thinking about those long lazy days, relaxing with friends and enjoying a well earned break from the 9-to-5 grind. If you live in Auckland you are probably keener than most to get out of the city and the congested roads and if you are looking for the perfect place to getaway that’s not too far to drive and makes you feel like you are really on holiday then the Matakana Coast is a great location to head to for that break.

Situated just an hour North of Auckland the Matakana Coast offers you an array of places to visit and things to do as well as a great selection of accommodation options. Below are just some of the things you can do during your stay:

Winery Tours
The district is blessed with great land for growing grapes and is now dotted with many boutique wineries growing their own fruit and making their own wine. Many of these wineries throw their doors open during the warmer days and offer visitors a wonderful chance to taste the wine, meet the growers and learn about the wine making process. The best way to make your way around is by taking a tour and there are several companies who conduct these winery tours which leaves you free to enjoy the tastings without the worry of driving.

Arts and Crafts
After your have enjoyed a hearty breakfast at your Matakana accommodation you’ll be able to spend several hours wandering through the galleries and specialty shops filled with wonderful pieces, or perhaps one of the sculpture walks is something that appeals. The area has long been a haven for talented artists such as painters, potters and sculptors. Many of the vineyards also have works by the local artists too.

Recreation
Matakana has a huge range of recreational activities for visitors, allowing you to choose which one best suits your plans. There is plenty of beach if you feel like a stroll along the sand in the sunshine is for you or perhaps horseback riding might suit you better. A round of golf in the morning and a spot of fishing in the afternoon might appeal to you – you could even charter a boat to take you out. Or perhaps a helicopter ride is your kind of charter, it’s an amazing way to see the coast and will be a highlight of your holiday.

Relaxation
Part of being on holiday is being able to relax away from the hustle and bustle, so choosing a Matakana accommodation provider that offers secluded surroundings, breathtaking views and first class hospitality should be top of your list. After a busy day exploring the area you want to be able to return your suite and know that someone else has prepared a gourmet meal for you complemented by locals wines and all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy.