Hinterland Tour – 2 nights - Warkworth, New Zealand

Wine, Local Food, Chocolate
City Tasting, Tour, Boat ride
Hotel, Meal, Tour guide
Outdoor, City, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
/ Person
Liz B
Activity Overview
We invite you to join us on our 3-day Matakana Hinterland Tour and get to know the real New Zealand. This tour incorporates an irresistible mix of wine, food, and nature experiences. You will learn more about the kiwi lifestyle and our rich history. This tour allows you to enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes awareness into kiwi business ventures. You will meet the charming local business owners and discover the production of fine food and wine. Each evening you will relax at the beautiful Warkworth Lodge, located right in the heart of town, which makes it easy to utilize the self-catering facilities. You can take a leisurely walk to the local supermarket or enjoy the local restaurants and cafes.

Day 1 – Landscape and water-themed experiences
Day 2 – Food and Wine themed experiences
Day 3 – Cultural Experiences

  • Day 1 – Kick off the tour with a morning boat tour to the Kawau Island. You will enjoy a relaxed scenic island walk where you will learn more about the history and nature of the island. You will enjoy a picnic lunch on Kawau island, followed by a return trip back to the mainland. In the afternoon, you can choose either to go for horse riding, fishing or exploring the Goat Island, NZ’s most ancient marine reserve, on board the glass bottom boat. In the evening, you get the chance to enjoy a self-catered BBQ, offered at your accommodation, following a supermarket shopping in the company of your guide.
  • Day 2 – Visit a charming, native ocean-side garden, where you can enjoy morning tea with garden designer and creator, Liz Morrow. Afterward, visit Morris & James, New Zealand’s leading hand-made pottery factory. You will then enjoy a honey tasting and a stroll around the local village. You will enjoy a mouthwatering New Zealand lunch menu of kiwi lamb and local fish snapper. In the afternoon, it is time to traverse the local oyster farm on the shuckle ferry, for a chance to savor our tasty, luscious regional plump oysters. You will then relax at a winery with a tour and a wine tasting amid the vines.
  • Day 3 – Find out New Zealand’s colorful, pre-European history with a tour to Te Hana Te Ao Marama Village, where you will gain an understanding into Maori life in a fortified village (Papakainga and Pa). Afterward, you will enjoy a captivating dog show with a local farmer and sheep shearing. You will have an antipasto platter for lunch at a winery, and a tour of our regional handmade chocolate factory for a tasty sampling. You can choose to add-on an optional nature experience of either an eco-tour at a bird sanctuary, where the takahe and kiwi wander freely or snorkeling at a marine reserve.
  • Charming goodie bags are prepared for you daily. The goodies range from locally-produced honey, a Maori flax woven wine bag, soft bait for fishing, water, sunscreen, indigenous plant seeds, and much more.
  • All transport
  • All lunches
  • All enterance fees
  • One BBQ dinner
  • Accommodation at Warkworth Lodge
  • Private guide during daily touring
  • Optional airport transfers $180 (1-6pax)
Pricing Info
pp – twin share
Start Time
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More information about the timing
Daily12:00 PMStart time to be confirmed
3 Days, 2 Nights
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Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
Great local experience
Liz and Dianne are such great local hosts. They will tell lots of stories and insider tips with their many years of experience living in the area. Plus, they know many tasty places and would take guests there as well. To be said, I had tons of fun exploring the region and villages there.
Overall Experience
Tastings Nearby
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Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
5,5 H
Are you wondering how to spend quality time with friends and family in the lead-up to your main event in a special way? The Matakana Hens tour offers you a relaxed and fun experience ... morewith a unique mix of wine, mouthwatering food and candle or jewelry gift making. The day runs at a relaxed pace to offer you abundant time to catch up. This experience includes gifts for the bride to be, an opportunity to meet the local producers/craftspeople, where you get to hear their philosophies and stories.


Two wine tastings and vineyard lunch, two art experiences, and one food experience. For the morning, select two of the following:

Handmade soy candles store and display

Pottery factory tour and gallery

Glass bead jewelry display and store

Matakana Botanicals factory

Katya Maker boutique styling advice and store

Enjoy a vineyard lunch, visit two wineries and/or cider tasting, followed by one food producer of chocolates, olive oil, or cheese. Activity options are chosen automatically unless a special requisition is specified.


Handmade soy candle store and display. A behind-the-scenes trip of candle making process where everyone partakes in creating the bride’s hand-crafted soy candle. Your bride picks a scent and a glass vessel, then it is purely hands-on in aiding to pour the hot wax. It is an experience full of fun and a lovely keepsake.

Glass bead and jewelry making store and display. Dazzling, unique beads are picked by the hens to make earrings or a bracelet for the bride to be. One bead is specially made on the spot, perhaps to reflect the big day’s color theme.

A boutique dress store and personal styling session with a local stylist Katya Maker is ideal for the bride and mother of the bride or the entire party. You will discover your style with expert supervision. Confidence comes effortlessly when you are feeling and looking great on the big day.

Visit New Zealand’s leading handmade pottery factory and gallery, for a comprehensive factory tour where you learn about the craft. You will understand how clay is extracted, throwing a pot, and the free-hand glazes.

A vineyard antipasto platter lunch with fantastic local wines marks the highlight of the day. Relax to catch up, and share some laughs as you create special memories amidst a lovely ambiance.

A leisurely pace with plenty of time for relaxing inspires bonding between family and friends, helping everyone get acquainted with each other prior to the main event.
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Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
5 H
Come and indulge in wine, tasty food, and craft beers through the ‘blokes in sheds’ that innovate and create. This tour gives you a chance to appreciate the local creations, ... moresoak up in the great company, and savor the best of what the Matakana area has to offer. This tour is all about good food, beer, and blokes in sheds.


Visit the impressive bloke’s sheds

Tour the craft beer brewery

Cider tasting

Hearty gourmet lunch

Innovate bar

Beer bar



Enjoy the company of cheerful characters sharing their tales and their sheds. We start with a local collector of ‘toys for boys’ stored in one of the supreme men sheds with a hang out space and impressive rural views.

Partake in the hearty, Smokey flavors on offer at the Smokehouse. This shed is the tastiest yet, where you will taste mouthwatering buffalo biltong or hot smoked Akaroa salmon. Get the chance to observe the smoker at close range and learn how this family team makes it a success.

Enjoy a tour of an apple orchard, where you can taste apple cider. Lesly, our passionate grower of cider apples, emphasizes, 'No lolly water here'.

Soak up a true story of kiwi originality from the developer of EcoSystems.

Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of our regional craft beer brewery followed by a delicious meal, specially prepared to complement the hearty flavors.

Conclude the day by tasting more local craft beers at a local pub - the perfect way to end a day enjoying the flavors and sights of Matakana Coast.
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Warkworth, Auckland, New Zealand
8,5 H
We invite you to our ultimate, all-inclusive New Zealand lifestyle tour. You will experience a day of engaging and practical touring, escape for the day and learn all that is to know ... moreabout life in New Zealand. This tour will take you to oyster shucking, sheep shearing and to a Maori village. You will come feeling like you got to understand the 'true' New Zealand.


Enjoy a fresh, mouthwatering New Zealand menu lunch that includes lamb and local snapper fish, a delicacy in New Zealand.

Visit the charming Omaha Beach and view the remarkable carved Maori posts (pouwhenua). You can choose to observe or participate in a friendly game of rugby, the national game.

You can choose to include a Maori village tour, which offers you a unique 17th-century perception of the pre-European Maori life within a fortified village (Papakainga and Pa), or enjoy a sheep shearing show, where you can feed baby lambs, depending on the season.

You can choose to include a New Zealand Food Oyster Tour and savor some of the country’s fresh, plump luscious oysters. You will learn about the art of shucking an oyster. Oyster Farm Tour aboard the tiny ferry is an option for private groups of 6 or more. You will meet the farmers and appreciate the historical harbor anecdotes offered by the friendly farm owner. Here you will experience the harvest at close range. This option adds 60 minutes to your time at an added value of $50pp.

Tour of the New Zealand Wool Products retail store; where you can grab one of the New Zealand wool products as a memento to take home.

You get the chance to take home a Matakana Coast Goody Bag as a reminder of everything you experienced on your tour.