Matakana Country Park, Warkworth Family Activities

Matakana Country Park Warkworth

Matakana Country Park

Matakana Country Park is located just one hour north of Auckland, in the Rodney district which is one of the fastest growing tourism areas in New Zealand.

Surrounded by lush valleys in one of the most beautiful areas of the North Island, the Park hosts a wide range of activities from pony rides, animal experience, miniature ride-on train and adventure playground for children to the crafts co-op, saturday farmers market, the RD6 restaurant, country kitchen cafe and art gallery for adults and families.

Matakana Gallery & Design

The gallery was established October 2004 where national and local artists exhibit their works for purchase. Works to please the eye, intrigue the mind and feed the soul are displayed for viewing in a 170 square metre gallery. An eclectic mix of works by dedicated artists. Paintings, sculpture (wood and stone) glass, multi-media, clay, ceramic and jewellery. A very high standard of quality is maintained. Both solo artist and group exhibitions are shown.

Craft Co-op Shop

The Craft co-op has been a wonderful addition to the Matakana Country Park. An established Co-op of 16 years. It consists of more than ninety local and regional crafts people who sell their goods on a commission basis. We are proud to offer an abundance of New Zealand made goods varied from hand knitted jumpers, jewellery, woodware, handmade paper, paintings, lots of sewing, cards, pottery and much more.

Adventure Playground

Matakana Country Park commissioned Logan Brewer, one of New Zealand's foremost designers, to design a playground with appeal to children. This playground has created a great interest to many children and the theme of a balloon and a galleon within the complex has been provided. In addition to this, there are a number of unique playhouses included in this wonderful area.

Talk to us if you'd like to book a table at the playground area for a children's party or if you'd like a quote for pony rides to be included. We have a beautiful "unicorn" who just loves parties!!!

Farmyard Animal Experience

There are ducks, geese, and chickens roaming at the Park as well as numerous horses who'll enjoy a chat at the fence! We also have a wonderful "Animal Experience" where you can pat and feed Guanacos (relative of the Llama), pet sheep, ponies, horses, goats, and our gorgeous calf Charlie. Entry is now FREE! A staff member may not always be present at the animal experience area so we ask that you always supervise children to ensure no animals are chased or hurt in any way.

MATAKANA EXPRESS - Miniature Train

The Country Park Express operates every weekend (weather permitting) on Saturdays from 9am and Sundays from 10am. On Public Holidays and during School Holidays we're open for rides from Thursday through Sunday from 10am. We're always happy to quote for groups to visit and times outside our regular hours are available on request. Bring your pre-school or school group for a great day out and enjoy all the activities available at Matakana Country Park.

Open 7 days a week from 8.30am until 3.30pm.
In the Woolshed Gallery Building offering light snacks, drinks, ice creams etc. and great Atomic Fair Trade Coffee. We're very happy to cater for refreshments for your bus tours or small events in the Woolshed building!

RD6 Cafe Restaurant & Bar
RD6 is a popular restaurant within the Matakana area, seating 120 people. The restaurant overlooks the horse arena, where horse events occur on a regular basis. The large scottish stone fireplaces are a work of art, and are a feature of the restaurant. Ample parking is available along with wheel chair or disability access. A menu to suit a range of tastes. Bookings recommended.


  • Please submit an email enquiry for a quote for your functions, and individual pricing.

Matakana Country Park, Warkworth Family Activities Enquiry Form


1151 Leigh Road

Phone: +64 9 422 7437

Fax: +64 9 422 7431

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Matakana Country Park, Warkworth Family Activities Enquiry Form