At the end of Whitmore Rd you’ll find the small beachside sanctuary of Buckleton Beach. It’s a short drive from Matakana and Omaha Beach. To get to the bay, follow the signs to Matakana from Warkworth. Go Straight through the Matakana roundabout, then it’s only a few kilometres to the Omaha Beach turn off on the right. Follow the signs for Tawharanui Regional Park on Takatu Rd and keep a look out for Whitmore Rd. Turn right on to Whitmore Rd and follow it to the coast. Buckleton Beach is a safe all-tide swimming beach, has a large grassed reserve edged with pohutukawa and a boat ramp. The beach is close to Tawharanui and Scandrett Regional Parks and Goat Island Marine Reserve. Residents and visitors are handy to Matakana’s shops, cinema, pubs, cafes and Saturday farmers’ market. The Matakana twilight farmers’ market has returned on Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm with live music, fresh produce, local wines and beer and food to go. Morris and James Pottery is offering the chance to throw your own pot on the potters wheel on December 9, the cost is $300 per person, call 422-7116. A twilight Matakana soul, jazz and blues festival is being held on December 28 at Ascension Wine Estate from 4.30pm, tickets are $25. For more information on what’s happening at Matakana visit www.matakanacoast. com.