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Through The Eyes of a Wine Dog........well in our case, a temporary one

Posted by on October 16, 2016 at 09:30 AM in Vineyard

Working dogs, farm dogs, seeing eye dogs, a family pet, sniffer dogs, police dogs......each have a place alongside their owner, learnimg their role while building a relationship with their human friend. A dog's loyalty grows deeper and deeper as time is spent realising their existence with their new 2 legged companion and when their protection instinct kicks in, this seals the love between these inseparable friends.


10 reasons to visit the Matakana Village Farmer's Market

Posted by on August 29, 2016 at 04:41 PM in Matakana

The Matakana Farmer’s Market has a reputation as a foodie’s paradise. Located just 45 minutes from Auckland and open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm, here are 10 reasons why you should visit the market this weekend.

1. Farm to Plate 

Matakana is known for its fresh produce and locally-made products.  The farmer’s market is the perfect opportunity to speak directly with the farmers, growers and producers, learning exactly how and where your veggies were grown and about the making of some...


Experience the new Sawmill Brewery

Posted by on August 22, 2016 at 06:41 PM in Matakana

The Sawmill

Great Beer, Fantastic Food

The popular Brewery, which has stood ground on the old Leigh Sawmill since 2004, has officially moved house. Eventually outgrowing the old site, a dairy paddock between Matakana and Whangateau now houses the Sawmill Brewery, a larger and more sophisticated premise that was a year in the making. 

Owners Mike Sutherland and Kirsty McKay envisioned a venue where their customers could enjoy the Sawmill’s full range of craft beer directly from the...


Summer at Takatu Lodge and Matakana

Posted by on December 11, 2015 at 08:24 AM in Matakana

The sun rises early in the summer over Takatu Vineyard, and if you are in the mood you could be up and walking through the vines. It is one of my favourite times of the day. Usually I am in the kitchen making breakfast for our guests while they sleep peacefully behind wool black out curtains, slowly waking to discover they have had the best sleep in a long time. Last week we had guests up before the sun and off to Tawharanui to watch the sunrise and have a walk along an empty beach....


Matakana: The Perfect Auckland Escape

Posted by on April 28, 2015 at 09:04 AM in Matakana

It's 10am on a crisp Saturday morning. A couple relax at a rustic table at the Matakana Village Farmers Market, enjoying hot coffee and a pile of freshly cooked waffles. Nearby, people mill around the attractive stalls laden with local artisan produce.

Once just a quiet area of coastal countryside, Matakana has become known as an idyllic place to come to switch off and rejuvenate. For Aucklanders in need of a micro break from everyday city stresses but without the usual holiday hassle,...