brick bay winery

Brick Bay Winery – One of the five best Auckland wineries for a weekend drive When you think of wine-tasting trips in New Zealand you imagine scenic drives through Marlborough, Otago, Hawkes Bay and Nelson. What you’re probably not picturing is the roadworks and congestion of Auckland’s motorways. But the good news for those living in the city is there are some impressive wineries […]


Ransom Wines Matakana is a tiny region, about an hour drive north from the city. Warm maritime climate, mainly clay soils and nice slopes make this area well suited for wine growing. However, you might be surprised that you can find there only about a dozen of producers. And all of them have no more […]


An Easy Escape to Tawharanui Kathryn Webster packs art, markets and coastal treasures into a weekend Above Anchor Bay we set up our picnic: bread, hummus, salad greens, avocados, feijoas – all bought from Matakana Farmers’ Market. Out there lie Great and Little Barrier Islands. Above us, clouds gather and darken and threaten. Down at the […]

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