Brick Bay is open daily from 10am - 5pm
The Sculpture Trail takes approximately an hour to walk, therefore entry to the Trail closes at 4pm.
Lunch is available until 3pm , platters until 4pm and desserts & cheese boards all day.
Brick Bay is located at 17 Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, Auckland, 0920, New Zealand
DRIVING FROM AUCKLAND
A 50 minute drive north of Auckland city. Take the northern motorway (SH1) to Warkworth. At the third set of traffic lights, turn right, then after 50m take the right fork to Sandspit/Snells Beach. After 8 km you will see the brown Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail sign. After 1 km, turn left into Arabella Lane, then down the second driveway on the left.
Please allow for traffic delays in peak summer and weekends - or leave the city early and join us for brunch!
From Snells Beach or Algies Bay, walk along the beach north to Whisper Cove. Turning up through the Whisper Cove settlement along Arabella Lane you will reach Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Trail at the top of the hill.
From Sandspit, with a half-tide receding, walk around the rocks to Snells Beach, through Whisper Cove and up Arabella Lane.
Local buses from Warkworth to Snells Beach are: Auckland Transport
We recommend using google maps to plan your public transport journey.
Small craft can pull up on Snells Beach. Follow walking directions up through Whisper Cove. Larger vessels will need to dock at Sandspit, and to make the last 5 minutes of the journey by taxi.
We have a helicopter landing area above The Glass House, please call us on +64 9 425 4690 to book your landing.
Small group tours that visit us are:
RESTAURANT & GROUP BOOKINGS
THE GLASS HOUSE
The Glass House Restaurant is the spectacular home of Brick Bay Wines and gateway to the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. Cantilevered over a shimmering lake, The Glass House offers relaxed all-day dining showcasing the freshest seasonal produce and is open daily 10am - 5pm.
We highly recommend booking well in advance to dine at The Glass House to ensure the best experience.
We welcome groups of 10 or more people at Brick Bay, join us for an exceptional Matakana food, wine and art experience. Make an inspired choice when planning your next group event or function. Enjoy lunch in The Glass House, take a stroll along the Sculpture Trail, then finish your visit with wine tasting or afternoon tea.
The Glass House is also available for private functions.
Taste our highly acclaimed range of handcrafted wines. We celebrate our classic Pinot Gris, an elegant Chardonnay, delicious fruity Rosé and distinctively complex red wines made from our Bordeaux varieties. Come any time and enjoy a personalised wine tasting at the bar with one of our knowledgeable hosts.
Our current flight of Pinot Gris, Rose and Martello Rock are available to taste along with our olive oil and honey for a tasting fee of $8. Limited release wines such as Chardonnay and Pharos are an additional $2 per tasting. One tasting fee is waived per bottle purchased. No bookings are required for less than 10, for groups of 10 or more please book below.
Whether you are looking for a piece of artwork to purchase, or simply a wonderful day out, the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail is a must-see. The 2km walk features over 60 artworks at any time, in a setting of native bush, ponds and open spaces and is teeming with wildlife.
Sculpture Trail Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on arrival at Brick Bay, and visitors dining at The Glasshouse (main meal and drink), receive a discount when purchasing Trail tickets. No Bookings required, open daily from 10am, last trail entry 4pm.
If you are bringing a group of more than 15 people please call us on 09 425 4690 or enquire online at least 24 hours ahead of your visit so we can ensure a space is free for your group to gather before heading out on the trail.
Senior (65 years+)
Student (with ID)
Child (aged 5-17)
Child (under 5)
Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children)
For groups of 15 or more please call us on 09 425 4690 or enquire below at least 24 hours ahead of your visit.
Making the Most of Your Visit to the Trail
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail is an easy 2km walk suitable for most ages and abilities. Surfaces are grass, bark mulch, pebbles and wooden boardwalks and follow an undulating terrain that winds through a valley. There are several sets of easily negotiated stairs and viewing benches are located at regular intervals along the trail. Approximately half of the trail is sheltered from the sun by the bush canopy.
We recommend wearing walking shoes.
The trail is manageable with off-road pushchairs, although backpacks are recommended. Unfortunately the Trail is not suitable for wheelchairs.
We recommend you allow 1 hour to enjoy the Sculpture Trail. The last Trail entry is at 4pm.
Dogs are permitted, provided they are on a lead as we have livestock and abundant birdlife.
Children must be supervised by one adult per two children.
We ask for your cooperation in protecting our works of art, as well as the safety of our visitors by not touching or climbing on any sculptures.
During the wet winter season you may wish to wear waterproof footwear, which you don't mind getting a little dirty
Families & Children
We welcome children to Brick Bay. Outside The Glass House restaurant a sandpit, swings and climbing frame provide fun activities.
We have a children's menu and colouring-in activities as well as high chairs and baby-changing facilities.
Although children need special supervision in an environment with lakes and artworks, the trail is a delightful introduction to sculpture for the first time. It is possible to take off road pushchairs on the trail however there are a number of steps on the Sculpture Trail therefore backpacks are a much easier alternative.
As we rely on the income from our restaurant is not possible to bring your own picnic to Brick Bay, however we have a fabulous menu that caters for children.
APRIL 2019 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Join the Sprout team for FREE inspirational one hour creative sessions here at Brick Bay.
PLAN YOUR DAY
The creative sessions will be running Monday to Friday both weeks (excluding public holidays - Easter & Anzac Day) from 10.30am - 11.30am.
Why not plan a full day out, linger for lunch and explore the Sculpture Trail, or even order a Brick Bay picnic and take on the Trail.
Parents please stick around and enjoy a coffee (or wine!) while your kids get busy creating, under 5’s need an adult to accompany them in the session.
If you are unable to attend your pre-booked session please email email@example.com prior to the day so that we can ensure that someone else can attend in your place.
FOOD & DRINK
Our full menu will be available including our delicious kids menu, ice blocks, treats and hot and cold drinks so please no BYO food.
THINGS TO BRING
Remember to pack a jumper, although the creative sessions are in our outdoor covered Row area it might be cool.
Wear your gumboots or walking shoes if exploring the trail.
Your family dog is welcome to explore the trail with you on a lead.
We welcome well behaved dogs to Brick Bay both on the Sculpture Trail and in outdoor dining spaces of the restaurant. If you intend to dine, please note on your booking that you require an outdoor table.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and picked up after. Keep an eye out for Walter, the blue border collie - our friendly young vineyard dog.
School groups get a lot of value out of a trip to visit the Sculpture Trail and we are happy to facilitate bag storage, a place to gather for the children to eat their school lunch and anything else you need to make your school’s visit a great day out.