The history of Matakana
Matakana first attracted early settlers because of its rich timber resources and a sawmill was built at the Matakana River’s falls in the 1850’s. Flax was also harvested from the area during this time.
One of the town’s first public buildings was the Presbyterian School and Church that was built in 1864 and still exists today in its relocated home at Matakana Country Park.
By the 1880’s the timber resources had been exhausted and the town’s focus became fruit and agriculture. Its reputation for quality produce was quickly established and is still highly sought after and appreciated to this day.
In later years, Matakana also established a strong reputation for brick production and pottery thanks to rich deposits of clay. A number of well-respected wineries have also established themselves in Matakana with vineyards planted on the slopes of the clay soils there.
Things to do in Matakana
The great thing about Matakana is that so much of its history has endured and flourished over the years. With a strong community spirit, it’s a very welcoming and warm environment to experience many of the things from this bygone era.
Events and festivals in Matakana
Matakana is the type of place that has plenty going on right throughout the year. Quite a number of those are pop-up events, but they’ve also a few regular ones that are great to attend if your dates happen to coincide.
- January - The Extravaganza Fair
- April - Harvest Festival at Sculptureum
- September - Feast Matakana
- October - Oyster and Wine Festival
- October - Bivouac Outdoor Wild Auckland
- All year - Matakana Music