The funky village was first settled in the 1840s and is surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and beaches - but it's the village itself that many come for.
The Saturday morning Farmer's Market is legendary - you're advised to arrive early! Local produce is fresh and often unusual: organic blueberry ice-cream, Mahurangi oysters, locally farmed buffalo burgers and cheeses, Matakana olive oil, and of course the market's own coffee roasted and ground on the spot.
We think whitebait or mussel fritters eaten beside the river while listening to great live music is the best way to start a Saturday morning in Matakana. When the market is over, go shopping: the Village specialty shops are high-end and irresistible. A number of excellent restaurants and cafes add gourmet interest, and the newly refurbished pub is a great way to while away a few hours in the evening.
The award-winning 3-screen cinema complex is superb - each cinema is different, with delightfully eclectic furnishings. Just outside the Village, the iconic Morris and James pottery and cafe is famous for its hand-made pots, plates and art, and its leafy courtyard is perfect for a restful lunch or coffee.
A little further on you'll find the Matakana Country Park, which also has weekend markets. It's a haven for children with its petting zoo, exceptional playground, pony rides and more. For the rest of the family there's a restaurant, cafe, gallery, craft shop and excellent purpose built gym with classes every day.For further information:
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