Looking for a fun activity that's a little bit different....Give snow a go. Snow Planet is only 23 km from A Deer Cottage in Silverdale....Snow Planet is Auckland's only indoor snow dome. You will love Snow Planet's winter wonderland, you can play, slide, tube, have fun. Or you can sit and watch, with a bite to eat, or a yummy hot chocolate, all from the warmth from 7 Summits Restaurant & Bar. Click for more info on opening times
On the third Sunday of every month all year round, this lively village market is located in the Kaukapakapa Village, featuring locally made crafts, home made breads and pastries and trinkets. Click for more info on dates and special guests.
In Woodhill just 25 minutes drive away, you will find Moko Ink, with the talented and sought after Inia Taylor, a Traditional Cultural Ta Moko Tattooist. For more information click here for more info
MATAKANA VINEYARDS & MARKET
Discover the outstanding wine making region. Matakana has many amazing Vineyards, including Brick Bay Wines, Omaha Bay Vineyard, Ascension Wine Estate to name a few, set amongst the breathtaking Matakana scenery and rolling countryside. Visit the Matakana Village Market on a Saturday with live music, and locally sourced delights while strolling amongst stylish boutiques and galleries. All within an hour from A Deer Cottage.
THE HUNTING LODGE
A mere 20 minute drive from A Deer Cottage, you will find The Hunting Lodge, perched on top of rolling hills, perfect vines stretch across their gorgeous site. At the Lawn Bar you can enjoy tasting paddles featuring local craft brews and their own wines. At the restaurant, their philosophy is producing what they can onsite and sourcing local produce, using the best ingredients as nature intends. Click for Opening Hours.
Just 20 minutes to Parakai and you'll find yourself at the therapeutic geothermal mineral pools. You can soak the worries of the day away in the hot water. Click for more info.
KAIPARA SCULPTURE GARDENS
A gorgeous stroll winding your way around a garden trail featuring sculptures and wild flora & fauna. Sculptures are for sale, with the display changing completely in November. Click for more info.
5 minutes from A Deer Cottage, is the little town Kaukapakapa.
Here you'll find:
'Shark n Tatties' Fish n Chips
The Kaukapakapa Hotel & Pub
Local Markets (when on)
Petrol Station (the last one going North on SH16 for 46 kms
Gibbs Farm is an open-air sculpture park located in Kaipara Harbour, 16.5 kilometres north of A Deer Cottage. It contains the largest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures in New Zealand. Click here for more info