Matakana Adventure

Things to Do

Whether you're traveling north of Auckland or heading south from Northland, Sails Away Accommodation is your ideal overnight or longer place to stay, because we've got so many amazing attractions and things to do in the greater area. It's no surprise that the Kowhai Coast is so popular for a night away, weddings, wine trails and more.

Matakana is a dream to bike
Matakana is a dream to bike
Matakana Saturday Farmers market
Matakana Saturday Farmers market
100 beaches in the Matakana area
100 beaches in the Matakana area
life is good
life is good
even on a shoe string budget
even on a shoe string budget

The Matakana Farmers Village Market is a vibrant and bustling market in the heart of Matakana village that runs every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. It is without question one of the most popular farmers markets in New Zealand. With local fare and produce it's sure to delight all foodies. The Matakana Village has numerous specialty shops that are open 7 days, perfect for gift hunting.

Matakana Country Park is located just up the road between Matakana Village and Whangateau. This is where visitors can enjoy the pleasure of being in the country with a selection of attractions to please a variety of tastes including art and craft, food and drink, animals, children's playground and Saturday market. To make a booking enquiry about accommodation near Matakana email us or call 021953 585.

There are many great places in the region to dine and have a coffee or beer. Here are some places to eat in Warkworth and around Matakana:



  • The Rusty Pelican Pizzeria

  • The Vintary

  • Queens Corner Cafe

  • Plume Restaurant

  • Black Dog Cafe

  • The Bridge House

  • Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

  • Cafe Sandspit

  • Chocolate Brown

  • Mahurangi River Winery

  • Omaha bay Vineyard

  • Pizza Co.

  • Puhio Cottage

  • The Farm Cafe

  • Sawmill

  • Plume Vineyard Restaurant

  • Matakana House

  • Matakana Market Kitchen

  • Tandori Bite

  • The Salty Dog Inn

  • Beaches Cafe

  • Q Cafe

  • Ginger Cafe

  • Queens Corner Cafe

  • Plume Restaurant

  • Black Dog Cafe

  • The Bridge House

  • Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

  • Cafe Sandspit

  • Chocolate Brown

Sails Away is perfect for:


  • Short term accommodation

  • Long term accommodation

  • MTI Student accommodation

  • Seasonal workers

  • Backpackers

  • Overnight accommodation

  • Camping




  • Close to Warkworth township

  • 5 minute walk to MTI

  • Walk to town, shops, i-site, bus

  • Close to the main arterial transport route

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • Comfortable, tidy rooms

  • Free internet access, wifi

  • Free laundry facilities

  • Coin operated dryer

  • Off street parking

  • Warkworth car hire 


Things to do in Warkworth and visit near by:


  • Matakana Farmers Market

  • Omaha Beach

  • Morris & James Pottery

  • The Jane Gifford Scow

  • Warkworth & District Museum

  • Ascension Winery

  • Ransom Wines

  • Seafriends Marine Education Centre

  • Matakana Cinema

  • Sheepworld

  • Brick Bay Sculpture Trail

  • Honey Centre

  • The Omaha Cycle Way

  • Plume Restaurant

  • Horse Riding

  • Goat Island Marine Reserve

  • Glass bottom boat

  • Tawharanui Open Sanctuary

  • Herons Flight

  • Snells Beach

  • Martins Bay

  • Scott House

  • Ti Point Reptile Park

  • The Leigh Sawmill

  • Mahurangi Regional Park

  • Wenderholm Regional Park

  • Puhio Farmers Market

  • Pakiri Beach

  • Kowhai Park Scenic Reserve

  • Parry Kauri Park

  • Mansion House

  • Kawau Island

  • Matakana Country Farm Park

  • Waiwera Hot Pools

  • Assassin Fishing Charters

  • Puhio Pub

  • Puhio Cheese Factory

  • Mahurangi River Winery

  • Swimming & Surfing

  • Scandrett Regional Park

Warkworth is less than an hour north of Auckland the rural town of Warkworth comes alive in the summer months with day trippers and holiday makers. Warkworth is the perfect stop to explore this corner of the Matakana Coast with the many sandy beaches, great fishing and walks. Sails Away is only 5 minutes walk of the town center where you can treat yourself to some time strolling the river boardwalk, enjoying the cafes, bars and restaurants. Warkworth is the gateway to the vineyards, local markets and iconic beaches of the area. Within a short distance of Warkworth village you can enjoy world- class marine reserves like that at Goat Island, wildlife sanctuaries, horse riding, giant Kauri tree (Tane Mahuta), a historical museum, Matakana Farmers Market, kayaking and plenty more and its proximity to Auckland city makes it ideal for that weekend away. .