attractions & activities

on your doorstep

Matakana Farmers Markets – indulge yourselves at the Saturday morning produce and food markets from 8am-1pm with local artisan foods and produce and live music.

Village Boutiques – Art galleries, books, homewares, flowers, clothes, surf shop, shoes, gifts, chocolates

Matakana Cinemas – three independent cinemas with unique and gorgeous interior design

Matakana to Omaha cycle/walkway – we are conveniently located on the Matakana Cycleway – bike to Omaha, café’s, wineries, Pt Wells, it’s all on our doorstep. We can arrange to have bikes/ebikes at The Green Tent ready for your arrival.


cafes, restaurants, bars &wineries

close at hand… 

Morris & James Pottery and Café on our road, easy stroll from us, great food, coffee, lovely peaceful venue, also licenced and of course you can visit the pottery barn

The Matakana Pub – a classic pub with a ‘gentlemen’s club’ feel

Matakana Market Kitchen (MMK) – bistro menu with outdoor seating by the picturesque river

Tramcar Café – sandwiches, salads, burgers, natural ice-cream and delectable cakes

Rusty Pelican – excellent pizza and pasta – a good takeaway option too

Jin Jin – modern Asian eatery – eat in or takeaway

Plume Café – features a superb patisserie with breads, croissants, brunches and lunches

The Vintry wine bar – featuring a great selection of local wines – can also order sharing plates from their bar menu

Matakana Four Square - for any essentials

Ringawera Baker - delicious everything bakery and great coffee

Omaha Bay Vineyard (OBV) - is a 20 minute walk up the Matakana cycleway towards Omaha crossing over Takatu Road, or a five minute drive. Open Friday to Sunday for tastings, platters available. Stunning views of Omaha Bay 

a little further afield…

Sawmill Brewery – a favourite among locals and visitors alike, try the beer-tastings in this stylish, rustic eatery where joyous group eating is a must, fab rural setting – also child-friendly

Rothko – another high-end but relaxed food-lovers haven in the grounds of the Sculptureum, Food divine as is location.

The Farmer’s Daughter – a light, bright café just before the Omaha causeway with great coffee, breakfasts and lunches, it also has a large outdoor, area perfect for kids

Stables / Smith Bar at Country Park – bistro/pizza and tapas just down the road

Plume Restaurant and Runner Duck Wines, an award-winning food destination

Leigh Sawmill Café – one of the most epic live music venues around, its food is great as well and the garden bar usually has a fire at night. Check out the local gig guide to catch some live music.

dine in...

Most of the local restaurants have takeaway options.

If you prefer to get settled in and have dinner brought to you at The Green Tent  – Great Food Matakana


There’s a wide range of wineries in the area, some of which have cellar doors & offer wine-tastings. There are too many to mention! Visit the local winegrowers’ website for more information


Omaha – our closest beach, sweeping white sand, with a sheltered walkway in the dunes, café, surfclub with public toilet, tennis courts

Matheson Bay – 15 minutes away towards Leigh – a cosy cove with great rockpools and an excellent bush walk behind the beach (across the grassy paddock) up to a swimming hole

Goat Island – famous for snorkelling, diving and kayaking

Pakiri – a wild beach with miles of white sand sheltering endangered birdlife

Tawharanui Regional Park – a selection of breath-taking beaches and walks in a unique, predator-free zone


Brick Bay – at this working vineyard, the Glass House restaurant is cantilevered over a lake, and there’s an exceptional sculpture walk from some of NZ’s best artists, which takes about 45 minutes. Ten minutes by car.

Sculptureum – a wide-ranging and whimsical (but world-class) sculpture park. Five minutes by car.

Art Matakana (Country Park) - a local gallery with a wide range of arts

Matakana Gallery

Artform Gallery