"Simply Brilliant"

“We stayed at Riverside for 3 nights in January with our baby daughter. We loved the place. The accommodation was excellent and the friendly staff were so helpful and made our stay even more enjoyable. We left so relaxed and only wished we could have stayed longer."

Edinburgh, UK (TripAdvisor)

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Activities at Riverside Matakana

Activities

Matakana has become one of Auckland’s favourite playgrounds catering for a diverse population sharing a taste for the good things in life. Matakana Village has been transformed into a historically sympathetic, architecturally acclaimed hub, hosting the legendary Matakana Market on Saturday morning and many other popular shops and amenities such as the exquisite boutique cinemas.

For foodies and wine connoisseurs, Matakana has much to offer. In the town there’s a great local wine bar, The Vintry. You can kick back for a superb Pizza at The Rusty Pelican or enjoy a more sophisticated meal at Matakana Market Kitchen. Local vineyards also offer great wine and food experiences, from the small boutique vineyards of Hyperion and Omaha Bay Vineyards to the larger Brick Bay, Ascension and Matakana Estate.

Matakana Coast also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Choose from Matheson Bay, Pakiri, Omaha or Tawharanui, with pristine sands and turquoise seas, it’s not hard to see why local and international visitors are so impressed with our coastline.

For those fortunate enough to own a boat, Matakana Coast is the gateway to Kawau Bay and the Hauraki Gulf. Dive for crayfish and scallops or fish for snapper and kingfish. If you don’t own a boat, there are many charter operators who will happily take you out, or alternatively rent a kayak to explore the coastline.

Goat Island Marine Reserve offers amazing snorkelling or diving – it’s like swimming in a magnificent coastal aquarium.

Other land based activities include 3 wonderful golf courses of Warkworth, Omaha and Wellsford, horse riding at the renowned Pakiri beach, and fun for the kids at RD6 which offers farm animals and playgrounds to enjoy.
 

Wine Tasting

The Matakana area is home to many well-established vineyards. It’s a great day out. For more information including trail maps and tours; www.matakanacoast.co.nz     www.matakanawine.com

Foodies

The Matakana region offers a stunning range of local produce – and you’ll find most of it on offer at the Matakana Farmers' Markets – Saturday morning 8am to 1pm. This is one of New Zealand’s most fabulous markets! Stock up or just soak up the atmosphere. www.matakanavillage.co.nz. For a full day touring vineyards, food producers and local artists check out www.greattastetours.co.nz

Fishing Charters

We can’t absolutely guarantee you’ll land a fish, but these guys can certainly guarantee a great day out! Slipray Fishing Charters - Cater for large groups great for conference entertainment, or for those looking for a charter for smaller groups (6 - 8 anglers) contact Warkworth Boat & Fishing Charters. Heli-fishing is also available from Skywork helicopters www.skywork.co.nz. Boat pick up from our private jetty or on site heli landing at Riverside.

Boat Charters

Want to go beyond the coast? A day trip to the historic Mansion House on Kawau Island is a great day out. Pick up can be arranged from our private jetty. Or go by water taxi. www.kawauwatertaxis.co.nz

Helicopter Adventures

Take off from our own heli landing for a great heli-adventure. Heli-fishing, heli-golf, spectacular scenic flights and lunch excursions www.skywork.co.nz

Sculpture Trail

A not-to-be-missed sculpture trail showcasing contemporary New Zealand sculpture in a stunning setting. A one-hour walk followed by wine tasting and cheese platter makes a perfect afternoon. www.brickbaysculpture.co.nz

Tennis

Tennis rackets and balls are available for use on our full-size tennis court.

Golf

There are two great golf courses within a 10 minute drive. At Warkworth www.warkworth.nzgolf.net or at Omaha golfdirector@omahagolf.co.nz.
Or combine a day of golf and wine www.vslgolf.org

Shopping

Matakana’s transformation from a ‘one horse’ town to a vibrant village has resulted in a remarkable range of shops overflowing with quality local crafts, design, clothing , books, food and much more. www.matakanavillage.co.nz

Art & Design

Matakana is a mecca for great art and design. Visit www.matakanacoast.co.nz or www.matakanavillage.co.nz for more information.

Matakana Cinemas

Catch a current release in a gorgeous movie theatre. (this is not your average multiplex by any means!) Enjoy a glass of wine in the attached bar, or in the cinema. www.matakanacinemas.co.nz; www.thevintry.co.nz

Regional Parks

Tawharanui Regional Park - Set on 588 hectares on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region's most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. www.tossi.org.nz

Mahurangi Regional Park - The sheltered bays, native bush, open pasture and historic sites of Mahurangi Regional Park straddle the entrance to the beautiful Mahurangi Harbour, which gives the park its name.

Pakiri Regional Park - 52 hectares with sandy coastal foreshore and stands of mature coastal pohutukawa trees dotting the dunes. www.arc.govt.nz

Kayaking

Get paddling straight off our private jetty – a fun way to spend a few hours and get some exercise too.

Petanque

A not-too-strenuous but still very competitive option on our own court.

Swimming

Our heated swimming pool is open from October to June.

Bike Tracks

This is a great area for on-road and off-road biking. See Regional Parks above for locations.

Hiking

Bring your walking shoes and strike out along the many coastal trails dotting the area. www.arc.govt.nz/parks

Surfing

Tawharanui, Omaha & Parkiri all offer good surf breaks when the east coast swell is pumping.

Massage

Therapist available by appointment.

Groups

Team Building/Conferences /Birthdays/Bachelor/Hens Activities - Looking for group activities for fun or team-building? Military Arts, located not far from Riverside, offer a great range of team oriented activities like paint ball, army-style challenges, archery and more. www.militaryarts.co.nz
Most activities can also be arranged on site at Riverside.

Kids & Big Kids

Horse riding – We personally recommend Pakiri Horse Riding Tours for an unforgettable experience riding along a pristine white sand beach - rides from one hour to full days. Don’t miss it. www.horseride-nz.co.nz Also recommended is www.come.to/horseriding for farm and forestry riding.

Matakana Country Park

This is a great place – especially for children under 10. Up close experience with the animals - pony rides available on Saturday mornings, a mini train, and a play ground. Restaurant and arts market on site too. www.matakanacountrypark.co.nz

Sheep World Farm

A great chance for city children to experience farm activities. www.sheepworldfarm.co.nz

Goat Island Marine Reserve

Get up close to big fish - and lots of them! Go snorkeling or diving in a safe environment. Gear hire available www.goatislanddive.co.nz

Glass Bottom Boat Tours

This is a perfect way for young kids (and adults who aren't into snorkeling!) to get a fish-eye view.www.glassbottomboat.co.nz

Fishing

Bring your fishing rods or borrow ours. Your kids can fish straight off our own private jetty - our two resident kingfish provide an elusive challenge!