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Five Things to do in Upcountry Maui

Rising high above the beaches and away from the more obvious Maui tourist spots, you’ll find quiet and beautiful Upcountry Maui. This is a sprawling area on the west facing slopes of Mt Haleakala, known for its fertile green fields, and slower pace of life. If you wish to experience all the varied charms of Maui then you simply must spend a day (or two) ‘Upcountry’. Here are 5 of our favorite things to do in Upcountry Maui.

Buy organic foods in Kula

kula farm foods

Kula Country Farms Store

Kula (meaning ‘open country’) has a history of farming and ranching. Many farms offer tours and tastings, and you can pick up lovely locally made products and fresh fruit and vegetables. Don’t forget to pause and drink in those landscape views.

 Ziplining at Piholo Ranch

Zipling course near to Makawao

If you’re up for something a bit different then there is an excellent ziplining course at Piholo Ranch. The scenery is stunning, and you get to see it from above the tree-tops! Beautiful and thrilling, your family will be talking about this one long after the vacation has ended.

There is more information about the 5-line Piholo Ranch Zipline here.

Haleakala Crater

Haleakala National Park

Haleakala Crater

What’s further up than Up-country? Why the crater of a giant volcano of course. Crowds gather here for both sunset and sunrise because it really is an experience like no other. Sunrise requires a reservation so plan ahead; sunset, you can be a little more spontaneous. But either way bring a sweater as it gets pretty cool at that altitude.

Maui Wine Tasting

Sampling Maui Wines

The tasting rooms at Maui winery

That’s right, you can go wine tasting in Upcountry. Maui Wine has vineyards and a tasting room not far from Kula. Enjoy sipping wine surrounded by gorgeous countryside. You won’t be able to resist buying a bottle (or two!) to take back with you…

Makawao Steak House

A great place to stop for steak on your way down from Haleakala

Tucking into a steak at Makawao Steak House is the end to a perfect day in Upcountry Maui. And if you don’t fancy steak, there are a few fun restaurants in Makawao so you’ll be sure to find something to satisfy your hunger!

We hope you enjoy your trip to Upcountry Maui. Let us know your favorite spots.

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