Matakana Estate has been at the forefront of local Matakana winemaking since this premium, boutique wine region was first developed more than 30 years ago. Matakana Estate’s philosophy has always been to capture the essence of New Zealand’s finest grape varieties from the regions where they grow best. Our Matakana Estate Winery produces award-winning Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Gris under the care of winemaker Richard Robson.
Matakana Estate Lodge has also been an icon on the Matakana landscape since it was built in the early 2000s. It hasn’t always provided luxury accommodation in Matakana; the lodge was originally the family home for one of the first winegrowers in Matakana. The impressive building stands proudly on a ridge, with panoramic views across the Matakana valley and hills.
Luxury accommodation in Matakana
Matakana Estate owner Chrissy Lu first came to New Zealand in 2004 as a student and fell in love with the Matakana region. Her very first wine tasting happened to be at Matakana Estate, and it was here that she began to dream of one day owning her own vineyard. In 2012, that dream came true when she took over Matakana Estate Winery and then, in 2017, purchased the estate’s former family home in order to bring the properties back under one family umbrella and develop a lodge to provide luxury accommodation in Matakana for events and discerning travellers.
The opening of Matakana Estate Lodge is the first stage of a long-term plan that will one day include further accommodation, a wine themed events venue and a spa.
Matakana Estate has offered wine tastings in the old Tasting Room for many years. But now it is time for something new. We will soon be boasting a new Cellar Door up at the winery itself where you can get up close and personal right in the midst of the smells and sights of real wine making. The new Cellar Door is planned to open mid 2020, but until then you are still able to visit us up at the winery 7 days a week from 11am – 5pm. Enjoy ‘a wine-tasting’ as one of our staff talks you through our wide choice of offerings. As the largest vineyard in Matakana we are able to offer something for everyone. Or perhaps you just fancy ‘a glass of wine’ with a ‘Build your own’ platter? Perhaps you’re just after ‘a bottle to go’ – or better still all of the above. Whatever takes your fancy – the Cellar Door is open for you.
Where is Matakana Estate?
HOW TO FIND US:
Driving north on Hwy 1. As you enter Warkworth you will encounter a series of traffic lights. Turn right at the third set of lights onto Sandspit Road which turns into Matakana Road. Keep left and follow the sign to Matakana. Matakana Estate entrance is at 568 Matakana Road, approximately 5.5 kms on your right.
Driving South on Hwy 1. As you enter Warkworth you will turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto Sandspit Road which turns into Matakana Road. Keep left and follow the sign to Matakana. Matakana Estate entrance is at 568 Matakana Road, approximately 5.5 km’s on your right.
Situated one hour north of Auckland, the Matakana Coast includes the boutique townships of Puhoi, famous for Puhoi Valley Cheese and the historic pub, Warkworth, Matakana – home to the Matakana Village Farmers Market – Mahurangi East & West, Kawau Island, Tawharanui, Leigh, Goat Island Marine Reserve and Pakiri Beach.
What to do in Matakana?
While you’re staying at our vineyard accommodation in Matakana, you can enjoy idyllic coastal views and exotic white sandy beaches where you can surf, snorkel, dive, swim, kayak or paddleboard. Indulge in wine tasting and sample the local cuisine at the numerous vineyards, cafes, restaurants and markets. For the more active visitors there are various levels of walking tracks, cycle trails and golf clubs.
Manuka Honey 5+ UMF
Mānuka Honey comes from the nectar of the flower of the Mānuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) which is indigenous to New Zealand. It is the nectar and the bee that give this honey its unique properties. Matakana Manuka Honey can be enjoyed straight from the spoon, in a smoothie, manuka recipes or in your favourite beverages. It has a dense nutritional profile which supports vitality, energy, and improves skin tone and texture; relieving effects from allergy and sinusitis; improving digestion and sleep quality.
Matakana Lemon Honey is a combination of honey and natural Lemon extract. Lemon Honey is perfect when added to a warm drink. It creates a delicious soothing feeling when added to dishes and is also great as a spread. The high concentration of antioxidants in lemons can help improve skin and nourish hair. Vitamin C in lemon combined with honey, soothe sore throats naturally and improve the digestive system.
Vineyard Retreat Candle
Earth candles are handmade using the finest materials available, including 100% natural soy wax and re-purposed wine bottles. This vineyard retreat candle provides a fresh and delightful fragrance with subtle sweetness. The candle can last for 60 to 80 hours.
Polyphenols are nature’s antioxidants and are a major source of Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s health benefits. Among oils, only Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in poly- phenols which result in its healthful properties It is found to be beneficial for brain function due to naturally occurring fatty acids and omegas. Extra Virgin Olive oil can also decrease the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, risk of heart disease and chance of strokes if consumed daily.