Located just one hour north of Auckland you have the incredibly picturesque Matakana region. Known as a foodie’s heaven along with its weekend farmers market, boutique food shops and spectacular vineyards this is your ideal wedding and honeymoon destination.
For those planning a wedding you have the luxury of choosing the most amazing location for your day, from luxury lodges, venues, wineries or an exotic white sandy beach with the beaches of Omaha, Leigh, Pakiri and Tawharanui.
Accommodation is well catered to with an array of providers from 5-star luxury lodges, motels, to boutique and air B&B’s. You can book out the entire venue and have that all-inclusive wedding party where all guests are catered to or choose that well-appointed luxury and indulge.
You and your guests can enjoy a pre-wedding day wine tour taking in either one or a number of the numerous wineries in the region, especially famousfor producing delicious chardonnay, pinot gris and classic red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Treat yourself to a relaxed gourmet lunch overlooking the vines.
Another added bonus for those that choose to stay is the Matakana Farmers’ Market on a Saturday. The stalls are packed with fresh produce, artisan cheeses, homemade spreads, organic foods, craft beer and olive oils. Enjoy an indulgent brunch of delicious crepes piled high with bacon and maple syrup, or savour hot mussel fritters beside the river.
For those a little more adventurous the region also offers places you can surf, paddleboard, kayak, plus snorkel and dive at the famous Goat Island Marine reserve.
With so much to offer Matakana is becoming a preferred location as it has everything the big city can offer but with the more relaxed feel of small town and all within an any time of day drive (not restricted by ferry timetables).
One of the standout suppliers in the region is the Carlton Party Hire team that have anything and everything available for you. From simple table settings, stylish and on trend everything to luxury marquees, they can take your day to the next level whether you are doing a DIY wedding or are enjoying a full service venue. Another feature of the region is Weddings Matakana, www.weddingsmatakana.co.nz – this is the dedicated and go to website destination for everything you need when planning your wedding. Supporting local suppliers of products and services, all venues – showcasing the best the region has to offer with an easy to use directory of all local suppliers to make your day extra special.
www.weddingsmatakana.co.nz also host the well-known and much loved “Weddings Matakana Fair” – this event has been going for over 8 years and the 2020 event is postponed until 2021.