Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
It was a happy day for Matakana when the Didsburys came to town. Since their arrival in the region more than two decades ago, their ideas have transformed sleepy Matakana village into a bustling hub of creativity. Richard is the mind behind the Matakana Village Farmers’ Market (see Hit the markets page 10), and his passion for all things local also inspired the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and The Glass House, a must-do experience for art and food lovers, on what was the family farm. The Glass House, designed by architect Noel Lane, has a restaurant that showcases the best of Matakana, as well as offering tastings of Brick Bay Wines (another feather in the well-decorated Didsbury cap). It’s the perfect place to sit on couches with a glass of wine – we recommend the rosé – and watch the ducks on the pond drift past under the watchful eye of silver gnomes. The pair of gnomes, by sculptor Gregor Kregar, are an introduction to the wonders on the Brick Bay Sculpture
Trail. The always-changing works are hidden amongst rolling paddocks, thick native bush and alongside the well-maintained trail. Some leap out, others need to be coaxed from their hiding place by a keen eye. From towering brick corkscrews to gently altered road signs, all the works are by New Zealand artists. The two-kilometre track starts from The Glass House and is clearly marked. There is also a good map, with artists’ notes. Wear suitable shoes, especially in winter.
The Sculpture Trail and Glass House is open every day from 10am5pm. It pays to book in advance if heading out for lunch. The Glass House hosted several pop-up dinners during winter. Keep an eye on its website for future dates.
Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, (09) 425 4690, brickbaysculpture.co.nz