Brick Bay Sculp­ture Trail

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

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, brick­baysculp­

David McCracken.

An­ton Par­sons.

Jeff Thom­son.

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