Matakana is Auckland best day-trip for food, nature and culture

Sally Blyth checks out what’s on offer just an hour north of Auckland.

For Market Lovers

Matakana Village (Australasia’s first “Slow Town”, 2006) promotes local goods and produce with a focus on freshness, quality, innovation and sustainability.

The weekly Farmers’ Market (Saturdays 8am-1pm) always hums. Against a riverside backdrop and toe-tapping live music, stallholders offer edible enticements with a smile. A dog-sitting service at the entrance is both entertaining and useful. The craft-oriented market in the adjacent old Creamery is also worth a decent browse.

Be sure to wander westward along Matakana Rd to find local designers, vintage treasures and more. The village can get busy, especially during summer, but recent improvements to parking, in response to its popularity, are welcome.

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