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NORTH AUCKLAND

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ers Summer 2011 | Localmatt

FR E E what to

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TINOPAI TE HANA

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PAKIRI BEACH

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Published by Local Matters

PUHOI

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WAIWERA

SHELLY BEACH

OREWA KAUKAPAKAPA

17 Neville Street, Warkworth, Phone

www.localmatters.co.nz

09 425 9068

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gi Matters

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K ia O ra

Whether you’re looking for rela xation, exhilaration or inspiration, you’ll find what you need within eas y reach, north of the Johnstone Hill tunnels on State Highway 1. The village of Puhoi is the first stop on a voyage of discovery wes t to the Kaipara Harbour, north to Waipu and historic Matakohe, and along the stunning beaches, regional parks and islands of the east coast. A blend of rural and coastal land scapes, thriving cottage industrie s, characterful towns and compreh ensive services awaits your eve ry whim. You’ll find the locals wise and at times whacky, but always welcoming. Choose action and adv enture, beachside bliss or a sedate cultural cruise. Sample gastronomi c delights and explore the trend to natural, organic, fresh local produce . Sip your way through our wine country and take home your favourite vintage to enjoy again. Don’t let Trade Me trap you indo ors – see it, touch it, try before you buy and feel free to haggle if you have to have it. Take the opportunity to buy New Zealand made, from craft and art to food, fashion and fun. Take a day trip or take your time, there are plenty of accommodation options available from luxury lodges and B&Bs, to homestays, cabins, camping and motels. Keen to know more? Ask the locals or call in at visitor centres and information sites located in Orewa, Warkworth, Matakana, Mangawhai, Kaiwaka and Matako he.

Se eking vis ito r feedback

The New Zealand Tourism Researc h Institute at AUT is researching visitor reactions to tourism in the Puhoi to Parkiri region (including Kawau Island, Leigh, Matakana, Mahurangi, Omaha, Snells Beach and War kworth). Feedback can be left at www.region alsurveys.co.nz

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N o cou ch potatoe s h ere

Leisure is a matter of interpretatio n. For some it’s slow dining, bea ch reclining or a stroll through stunning scenery, while for others it’s an acti onpacked adrenalin ride through unc hartered territory. Whatever your pref erred pace, you’ll find it all and more just north of Auckland. Be among the first to experience New Zealand’s newest private walk, K2K (Kaipara to Kaip ara), unlocking privately owned land to access spectacular Kaipara Coast scenery, flora and fauna. Open to just a few paying guests at a time, the self-gui ded, three-day, 35km walk meanders thro ugh farmland, exotic and native fore sts and along the coast, and is billed as a birdwatcher’s dream. From boardwalks to bushwalks, or coastlines, ridgelines and cliff tops, visitors of all ages, fitness and abil ity levels can also access some gre at natural environments for free. If you need something steady und erfoot, Omaha offers a boardwalk behind the dunes starting from the surf club and Snells Beach has a paved wal k running along most of its length, whi le Warkworth riverside is an easy stro ll staying close to the village. Tap the local knowledge with a behind the scenes tour like Wa rkworth tours new Blokes and Sheds opt ion providing a sneak peek into the private collections of locals with a passion for everything from vint age and matchbox cars to horse draw n carriages and historic machine ry. Visit unique private properties, with features like a retro American-s tyle gas station, get your nose under the bonnet of restorations in progre ss and chat to the owner in person. Ask for other personalised tours rela ted to your interests, be they wine, gard ens, art or shopping. Action adventures can be found from the saddle of your mountain bike or on horseback. There are also plen ty of surfing and fishing hotspots. Pack a kayak, or hire one along the way .

Note to se lf

Check websites for details before you

go – you’ll get wifi at the Warkwo rth i-SITE. aka – the little town of lights.

Don’t miss a night drive through Kaiw


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More than 40,000 hectares of regional parkland

543km of walking and tramping tracks

182 km of prime coastline

Tawharanui Regional Park

HONEY CENTRE Open 7 Days 8.30am-5pm (Closed Christmas Day)

Ph/Fax 09 425 8003 email: info@honeycentre.co.nz • Largest Live BEE display in New Zealand • Huge variety of HONEY & BEE PRODUCTS

HONEY CAFE Open 7 Days 8.30am-4.30pm

Ph 09 425 0132

31 campsites and 15 affordable Bach Escapes

• Freshly baked cafe food • Yummy honey icecreams/smoothies • Group functions welcome

Just 40 mins North of Auckland

Auckland Regional Parks. Yours to explore. 09 301 0101

www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

BUY DIRECT FROM: www.honeycentre.co.nz

Situated 4km south of Warkworth Corner State Highway 1 & Perry Rd

The Fun Place To Bee!

ONE GEM ...... IN A DISTRICT FULL OF SURPRISES


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Take your place @NorthTec Whakatangata ia koe @NorthTec

Come for a relaxing day in the country. View over 70 sculptures on an interesting & attractive 1km rural garden trail. Families welcome.

STUDY CLOSE TO HOME Enrol now for 2011 Courses available at a variety of sites in your area:

• Agriculture (General Skills) • Horticulture (Levels 2 and 3) • Sustainable Rural Development (Levels 2 and 3) • Elementary Construction • Applied Arts • Mental Health and Addictions • Mäori Studies (Te Reo) • Professional Hunting and Pest Control Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Programmes will run subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa ph 09 420 5655 www.sculpturegardens.co.nz open 7 days 9am to 5pm

For further information

0800 162 100

www.northtec.info


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Scenic Flights! 029 2921 252 • Unique Function Venue • Art Gallery & Craft Co-op • The Circuit Room Gym • Confidence course • Archery • Animal Experience • Pony Rides & Pony Parties

Discover the hidden gems of the Kaipara and Barrier Islands by air.

• Equestrian Park & Events • Paint Ball • Miniature Ride-on Train • Restaurant & Cafe

Rodney Aero Club

• Horsemanship Classes • Adventure Playground

Ph: 09 425 8735 or Rod Miller: 09 425 5612

New restaurant opening shortly

Kaipara Flats Aerodrome

www.rodneyaeroclub.co.nz now relocated Matakana Country Park • 2 Km North of Matakana Village

HORSE RIDING WARKWORTH

PURIRI TREE ADVENTURES Paint Ball Archery Remote Control Yacht Races (Team Sport) Axe Throwing Confidence Course A d v e n t u r e s

Great Summer fun for all Bookings Essential

Ph (09) 422 9944 | www.puriritree.com | www.matakanacountrypark.co.nz

• Quiet horses and ponies • Farm & Forest treks • Birthday rides • Lessons available • Social or family groups • English study tour groups • Holiday and weekend horse riding camps • People with disabilities welcome • On the doorstep of Sheepworld, Matakana and Goat Island

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

1 hour ........ $40 2 hours ...... $70 No eftpos or credit cards Gift vouchers available

42 Kaipara Flats Road | PHONE 09 425 8517 Email: horseriding@xtra.co.nz | www.hibiscuslink.co.nz/sites/hrww


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Skipjack Charters

New Zealand’s only

“We do it all”

Fishing, Diving, Sightseeing etc.. Ice, bait, hire rods, BBQ, Tea and Coffee Departing from Ti Point

• New Zealand Lizards Phone 09 422 6021 www.reptilepark.co.nz • Exotic Lizards • Tuataras Admission: • Chameleons Adults $18 • Tortoises School children $8 Family Pass - 2 Adults 2 Children $45 • Alligators OPEN DAILY 10am to 5pm

Full day, half day and special charters on request!

Built in 1993, Skipjack is a fast 38ft Aztec boat with a 430 volvo engine surveyed to carry a maximum of 15 passengers. For fishing 10 is a more comfortable number. Tim Hall, your Skipper, has over 30 years in commercial and Charters. Experienced with knowledge of fishing in Hauraki Golf.

P: 09 422 6184 | M: 021 0277 3714 | E: skipjack.charter@yahoo.com | W: www.fishingthegulf.co.nz

Treat yourself with a Scenic Flight that will take your breath away! Providing Excellence In: Scenic Flights  Heli-fishing  Charters  Surveys Precision Lifting  Fire Fighting  All Agricultural Services

Book Now 09 422 7018 skywork@skywork.co.nz | www.skywork.co.nz Bases at Matakana, Whangarei & Thames

Play all year round, with stunning views at Omaha Beach Golf Club Idyllically situated at the Northern end of Omaha Beach A flat, easy course with a choice of 18 holes or 9 holes Visitors, non-handicappers and juniors most welcome

Book on line www.omahagolf.co.nz or ring Kat (09) 422 7551 Ext 1


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Stockists of: All NZ’s top fishing and diving brands

Your Mangawhai fishing and dive shop destination. i ve th Dr wor es ol M

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Visit us, you will be pleasantly surprised. 8 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads

We are here

Molesworth Drive

Ph/Fax: 09 431 5385 Mobile: 021 272 8911 Email: mwhft@xtra.co.nz

Mum and Dad! We have comfortable beach and farm cottages for a wonderful family country beach retreat! Pakiri Beach Horse Rides RAHUIKIRI RD, PAKIRI BEACH Awesome School Holiday Horse Riding On the beach everyday... NEVER muddy... always fun, lovely horses Fabulous 5 day Horse Riding Holiday Camp Starts 17 Jan to 21 Jan Great fun Great meals Great new friends Great well loved, cared for ponies

Ph: 09 4226275 | email: pakirihorse@extra.co.nz | www.horseride-nz.co.nz

Pedal bicycles $40 per day Electric assisted bicycles $60 per day Cycle around Magical Mangawhai, through the stunning countryside of the Village and Heads to enjoy the

local wineries, orchards, olive groves, chocolate factory, art and craft venues and other boutique outlets. 09 945 0508 or 021 945 050 | www.winedabout.co.nz

New Zealandʼs Sheep and Wool Centre A great family day out — whatever the weather • Sheep and Dog Shows daily at 11am and 2pm, plus lots more! • Cafe and shop onsite. Open daily from 9am to 5pm.

Phone 425 7444 • www.sheepworldfarm.co.nz

50 minutes from Central Auckland • 4kms north of Warkworth on SH1


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Byg on e d a y s

She’s a retired working girl, who has become the showpiece of the Warkworth Wharf. The scow Jane Gifford was built locally in 1908 and was a regular visitor to the area early last century. Recently restored, she was re-launched during her 100th year to become a sail training ship and charter boat. Public sailings take around an hour and the ticket price goes tow ards ongoing restoration costs. For furt her information, visit www.janegiffor d.org Warkworth and District Museum located in Parry Kauri Park, just south of the town, features changing disp lays including re-created rooms with furniture and household goods of the 1920s, clothing and access ories from the late 1700s to the 1960s, and more. Outdoors you’ll find buil ding s, wagons and farm equipment from the early 1900s including a bushm an’s hut and the old Warkworth jail. Kauri is king at Matakohe’s The Kauri Museum, an award-winni ng attraction on the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour, en route to the scenic Kauri Coast where actors and moving machinery bring pion eering history to life. Notably, the museu m has the largest display of kauri gum in the world, a life sized replica of a two storey boarding house, a pion eer school and the historic Matakohe Post Office with a fascinating coll ecti on of telephones, particularly amazing in the mobile phone age. Visitors between December 7 and January 5 will be treated to a special display of traditional Victorian Christmas dec orations. There are also museums at Wellsfo rd, Mangawhai and Puhoi. Popular with genealogy hunters, the Albertlan d and District Museum tells the story of the 3000 Albertland migrants deli vered to the colony in the early 1860s. The Puhoi Bohemian Museum housed in the historic Convent School recalls the struggle of Bohemians , who settled in Puhoi in 1863.

Note to se lf

Smaller museums may have restricte

d entry times. Check before you arrive. ended for voyagers on the Jane Gifford.

Soft shoes and a jacket are recomm


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Warkworth & District Museum OPEN DAILY 9am – 3pm Visit the Museum – see displays of memorabilia, furniture, photographs, clothing, machinery and buildings from our colonial past. Lots to see and do for all members of the family. Browse through our Gift and Souvenir Shop. Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive (Off Wilson Road, Warkworth) Phone: 09 425 7093 | Email: warkworthmuseum@xtra.co.nz www.wwmuseum.orconhosting.net.nz

History of the Albertland settlement from 1862. Photographs including the Harold Marsh collection. Extensive family history records. Gallery with local and visiting exhibitions. Open hours 1.00 - 3.00pm most days. Registrations being taken now for the ‘Albertlanders’ 150th celebration Easter 2012. See the website for details. 100 metres from SH1 on Port Albert Rd, Wellsford. Phone/Fax 09 423 8181 Email: museum@albertland.co.nz www.albertland.co.nz


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Pakiri Beach Holiday Park

Matakana House

Motel

Your hosts Denis & Marilyn Guest

Perfect for Holiday makers, School Camps or just relaxation. We have a Lodge, Beach front Cottages, Cabins,Van and Tent sites. Walk 9kms of sandy beach, excellent fishing, surfing, or participate in the local activities. Relax and enjoy your stay.

www. pakiriholidaypark.co.nz | ph: 09 422 6199

Wisdome Cottage Countrystay Tomarata, nr Wellsford. Close to Matakana wineries, beaches and bush walks Peaceful rural setting one hour from Auckland Kayaks and cycles available Tariff $140 per couple includes farmers’ breakfast Delicious dinners by arrangement Golf courses nearby

For information: Ph 09 423 9558 | www.wisdomecottage.co.nz

Matakana House Motel is centrally located in the heart of Matakana village, across the road from the Farmers Markets and less than one hour north of Auckland. The motel is made up of 16 modern, newly built units, from studio units with tea and coffee making facilities through to a 2 bedroom unit complete with kitchen. Or, spoil yourself in the honeymoon unit which has its own spa bath.

975 Matakana Road, Matakana p. 09 422 7497 e. mathouse@wk.planet.gen.nz w. www.matakanahouse.co.nz


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More than 40,000 hectares of regional parkland

182 km of prime coastline

SNELLS BEACH

Boutique Bed and Breakfast Accommodation on the Matakana Coast Enjoy stunning views over Kawau Bay

 Romantic Weekends  Fishing Adventures  Wine Tours  Golf Breaks  Girls Weekends  Weddings

Please contact your hosts: Warren and Lauren Kitchin 09 425 6655 or Freephone 0800 624 2277 10A Rangimaarie Crescent, Snells Beach • info@tahilodge.co.nz • www.tahilodge.co.nz

TUDOR OAKS MOTEL Motel Units & studio | One bedroom, and two bedroom, walking distance to shops, taverns and cafes. Recently refurbished. Rates start from $90.00 per night

543km of walking and tramping tracks 31 campsites and 15 affordable Bach Escapes

FREE WIRELESS INTERNET House | 1 km from village, 6 bedroom, 3 bathroom, sleeps up to 14 people, in Five star accommodation. Large swimming pool and beautiful grounds. Rates start from $150 per night. SKY TV + WIRELESS INTERNET 47 MOIR STREET | MANGAWHAI | NORTHLAND 094315393 | 0274931901

Auckland Regional Parks. Yours to explore. 09 301 0101

www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


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A nt M o rris

Be in sp ired

Arts and crafts are integral to the fabric of the north Rodney region with galleries overlapping with fine dining in cafes, restaurants and bars, sculpture parks matched with win e, and historic and cultural artefact s adorning parks and buildings. The metal art animals at Wellsford, the public toilets at Matakana and the giant sculptures at TeHana point to the drive for beauty and originality. Founder of the famed Morris and James Pottery and Tileworks, Ant hony Morris is among stalwart craftsm en in the region, having establis hed his business on the banks of the Matakana River in 1977. His rece ntly released book Mud and Colour Man – The Morris and James Story cap ture s the journey of building the busines s complete with its lows (like faci ng receivership) and highs (like the boo m time of the 80s) all with the sup port and loyalty of the Matakana commun ity. Travellers can view the works of man y of the region’s other talented artis ts inspired by their surroundings and lifestyle. Jewellery, ceramics, pain ting , photography, sculpture and crafts can be found in a myriad of gall erie s, markets and studios. To combine a scenic stroll in stunning natu ral settings with art appreciation and the chance to take home things you love, consider the likes of Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, on the Kaip ara Coast Highway, or the Brick Bay Win es and Sculpture Trail, near Mataka na. Take time to admire the skill and beauty in carved pou whenua at various sites where they acknowledge and represent the relationship between tangata whenua (the people of the land), their ancestors and their environment or tarangawaewae (pla ce of standing).

Note to se lf

Artist studios may keep irregular hou phone ahead.

Artworks can often be packaged and around.

rs. If you want to be sure of acce

ss

posted to save having to cart them


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THE ARTS FACTORY - Featuring Kerry Strongman’s Studio WELLSFORD Bright Green and Black Factory Complex, State Highway 1, Te Hana, Wellsford Phone 09 423 8069 Mobile 027 692 3381

(no txts or messages please)

info@kerrystrongman.com www.kerrystrongman.com

Open most days or by appointment Kerry Strongman sculptor and master artist opens his studios and galleries to the public. Situated on the main highway 5 minutes north of Wellsford at Te Hana in a bright ‘tree frog’ green and black former factory complex. The southern building is home to Kerry’s main workshop, gallery and displays. Kerry’s current creations feature from his ‘Jewellery for Giants’ series of mega sculptures in 45,000 year old swamp kauri – from pendants to 3m+ in size. The Gallery has an eclectic range of art and artifacts. This varied collection includes jade, stone, bone, wood, precious metal jewellery, paintings, sculpture, tribal carving and weaving. Plus many more items, too numerous to list. PLEASE NOTE: If OPEN sign is displayed and door is closed, press buzzer to the right. (Allow a few minutes for attention, we are possibly in the workshop.)


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Algies Art Gallery

Landscapes Seascapes Portraits

Dominic Burrell

www.AlgiesArt.co.nz Studio & Gallery at 3 The Nook, Algies Bay Phone for appointment 09 425 6305

Animals Art Deco Classical

RIVER GALLERY

International Artist Jewel Lynam Figurative, Symbolic abstract paintings by various artists.

58 Queen Street or 8 Millstream Place Warkworth 0910 artscopestudio@hotmail.com artscopestudio.com

(09) 4259307 ď‚­ 021 2316427


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GREAT SUMMER

ART EXHBTION

Snells Beach Community Centre Hamatana Road, Snells Beach Opening Preview Evening Tuesday 28th Dec, 7pm. Admission $10

Exhibition Opening hours: Wed 29 Dec - Sun 2nd Jan, 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon 3rd Jan, 9.30am - noon

Cafe open Daily


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Sa vou r th e ex pe ri e n ce

With thousands of workers on the job every day it’s no wonder that one tourist stop is creating a buzz! The Honey Centre, just before Warkw orth on State Highway One, is serving up a healthy range of honey vari eties, honey mead, fruit wines, café foo d along with pollen, propolis, bee swax, beeswax candle supplies, bee kee ping supplies, gifts and souvenirs. It is New Zealand’s largest display of live bees. Specialist foods don’t stop there, from gourmet cheese producers in Puhoi and Kaiwaka to organic farm fresh produce, locally-produced oliv e oils and handmade treats, the reg ion is serving up something to tem pt all tastes. A focus on real fruit and organic ingredients where possibl e is the hallmark of many food retailers , with many roadside shops well wor th a stop. Charlies Gelato Garden , for instance, just outside Ma taka na, features a new gelato or sorbetto flavour each month. Manuka hon ey and almond was so good it bec ame a regular flavour. Chocolate love rs may find a compulsory stop in Warkworth where Chocolate Bro wn offers handmade confections crea ted daily using Belgian coverture and European recipes incorporating NZ cream and butter, fresh nuts, frui ts, liqueurs and natural flavours, and leaving out preservatives. Dining styles are as diverse as trad itional tea house treats, to kiwi clas sic fish and chips, gourmet pub grub including wood-fired pizzas and awa rd winning fine dining, winery style. Check out the menu and service that saw Ascension Estate’s The Oak Grill Bistro win ‘Outstanding Din ing Experience’ in the 2010 Rodney Manaakitanga (hospitality and serv ice) Awards, a venue where ingredie nts may come from its own heir loom herb and vegetable gardens.

Note to se lf

Check operating hours to avoid disa

ppointment.

Book ahead to reserve a table at bus y times. Let staff know about special dietary appropriate options.

needs – they’ll be happy to help

with


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Q

Cafe & Restaurant

Now selling Kiwi Ice-cream cones, several tempting flavours Frosty boy soft ice-creams | Slushies - frozen fruit juices

All day menu featuring seafood pizzas pies steak and salad sandwiches muffins

41 Moir Street, Shop 5 Mangawhai Village

(09) 431 5226 All freshly prepared on the premises by Amber.

Value for money; family friendly. Special north China menu featuring dishes from Amber’s homeland, Dandong city, Close to China’s border with north Korea.Very popular!

BYO - No corkage, but please take your empties


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Dragons Rest Cafe

Sail Rock Cafe

enjoy the journey on the way to your destination

Bar & Restaurant

11 Oruawharo Road, Topuni Northland

Wood St Shops, Mangawhai Heads

Open 8am to 6pm 7 Days Phone 09 431-2893

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a fusion of great flavours kiwi | mediterranean | asian organic teas | great local Bica coffee

REAL FRESH FOOD come and visit us and enjoy the river, bush and forest views

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kaiwaka

gourmet purveyors of fine crafted cheeses

Your one stop deli for a wide range of local and imported cheeses, meats, deli goods, wines, liquers & giftware. Also stocking organic goods & eco-cleaning products Open 7 days - Mon-Thur 9-5 • Fri-Sun 9-6 State Highway1, Kaiwaka, Northland 09 431 2195 www.kaiwakacheese.co.nz

Breakfast — Lunch — Dinner Bar Snacks & Pizza (from 5pm)

ON TAP: Guinness & Monteiths Crushed Apple Cider and more LIVE MUSIC: Pat Mac, Vertigo & Paul Ubana Jones

09 431 4051 for Bookings

| www.sailrockcafe.co.nz

Mangawhai Beach & Country Market @ The Domain 9am to1pm Sunday

2010 - December 5 & 19 • 2011 - January 9, 16, 23 & 30 February 6, 13, 20 & 27• March 13 & 27 • April 3 & 10, April 23 (Sat 3-7pm)

A market with a carnival atmosphere great for the whole family

Arts & Crafts

Baked Goods

Produce, Plants & Flowers

Live Entertainment

Clothes & Books

Wine, Cheese & Cafe

...and lots more stalls from local surrounding areas

CAR BOOT SALE SITES AVAILABLE Contact: Sue 0274 586 144 or toriamartin@hotmail.com (Also manager of Waipu Saturday Market)


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chocolate brown

only the good stuff . . .

Free 

Free Bx3 mixed chocolates valued $7.20 w/ every purchase of Gift Bx24 Truffles

Licensed Restaurant / Café / Chocolaterie / Gifts

(Present this Voucher to redeem, valid until end of March 2011)

Situated in a delightfully renovated old local building. Chocolate Brown offers an amazing licensed Café & Restaurant and Chocolaterie which specialises in handmade boutique chocolates, produced on site. These as well as a wide range of imported British sweets, Dutch liquorice and Handmade Fudge are sure to bring back many a childhood memory or two. The Café, open daily offers great espresso, cabinet & a menu selection The Restaurant is specially open late to diners, Thurs, Fri & Sat, with a stylish causal ambience & a fully recommended seasonal menu

Which ever you choose we are sure you won’t be disappointed

Open daily: 8.00am / Restaurant open Late Thurs / Fri / Sat Phone 09 422 2677 • No. 6 Mill Lane, Warkworth www.chocolatebrown.co.nz


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Fru it of th e vi n e

As an emerging wine region with a growing reputation, Matakana has more than its fair share of attractive opti ons, for everyone from the casual taster to the wine connoisseur. Local win emaker Mike Reid says visitors will be spoilt for choice of quality boutique wines. “There is a huge focus on qua lity here and our wines are highly craf ted. It’s a very hands-on process and 2010 is looking like one of its bett er vintages.” Older is not always better, says Mike, the best vintage depend s on the quality of the grapes and this year’s whites and roses should make great summer drinking, whi le the reds will be resting in oak for rele ase later in the year. With grape varieties ranging from the mainstream chardonnay, me rlot and pinot gris to the more exotic sangiovese, carmenere and viog nier (v-on-yay) and everything in betwee n, there’s good reason to step out side your comfort zone and try som ething new. Winery owners freq uently offer hospitality and tastings at the cellar door where you’ll encounter a warm welcome and an opportunity to sample various vintages. Drin k in the value-added experience of talk ing to people who know their pro duct, having the chance to try before you buy, getting advice on cell aring and more. Take the time to enjo y the huge range of winery cafe s and restaurants that will demonstrate good pairings of wine with food, often prepared from fresh local ingredie nts. Sign up with wineries online to be kept informed of their latest offe rings and events such as grape stom ping and occasional “bottle you r own ” offers. The Vintry is dedicated to wine from grapes grown within a 16km radius of its premises. For a fruity diversion consider picking up som e of Lothlorien Winery’s famous feijo a wine on Ahuroa Road, near Puh oi.

Note to se lf

Wine tasting protocol is simple: step

one, observe and appreciate the colour; step two, take time to appreciate the smell “the nose”; step three, taste in your mouth. Your taste impressions are as valid as anyone else’s and you either like it or you don’t. (Spit out the wine after tasting, or ensure you have a designated sober driver.)


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cafe | homewares | gifts

The views.....

Enjoy lazy picnics on the grass Gorgeous gifts for everyone – Huge selection under $30 Don’t forget – the gift | the food | catering orders Where you know you will pay the right price!! Open Tuesday-Sunday 8am-5pm 615 Matakana Road Matakana 09 422 7330 www.dragonflycafe.co.nz

dragonfly

Open week days 10am-4pm Weekends from 9am for breakfast, lunch and wine tastings 162 Hamilton Road

Simply Gorgeous

Check out our website for Twilight on the Hill www.mahurangiriver.co.nz

Vin’try: n. 1. A place where wine is sold “Best Local Wine List” 2009 and 2010 Manaakitanga Hospitality Awards

Winner of Outstanding Local Food Producer Manaakitanga Awards 2010

Open 7 days - 9am-5pm 17 Sharp Road, RD2, Matakana, Warkworth Phone 09 422 7942 • www.charliesgelato.co.nz

For all the locally grown wines, wine tasting and wine retail

Join us 7 Days 10am-10pm Matakana Village Cinema Lobby - 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana p 09 423 0251 w www.thevintry.co.nz


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SUNDAY WINE MARKETS

Showcasing a unique selection of Matakana wines, music and tempting cuisine in the relaxed riverside setting of the Matakana Village Farmers’ Market.

EVERY SUNDAY IN JANUARY 3-7 PM MATAKANA VILLAGE www.matakanawine.com SUPPORTED BY


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Spoilt fo r ch oice

Summer events reflect the rich blend of interests and opportunitie s the community represents, from true country fair fun to music and cult ural festivals, sporting challenges, ope n days, auctions, exhibitions and more. Check with local information site s as you travel to be sure you don’t miss a chance to get involved or visit the What’s On calendar at ww w. localmatters.co.nz Vineyards, cafes, bars and hotels offer a regular line-up of nationa l and international acts. Alternatively, fling yourself into the 140th Wa ipu Highland Games on January 1 and witness competitions in pipi ng, drumming, highland dancing, athl etics, highland heavyweight field events, fiddling, Tartan In The Park fashion or share clan heritage and genealo gy. January also sees the staging of the eagerly anticipated annual rod eo at the Warkworth Showgrounds, the wood chopping carnival at Puhoi and the Warkworth A&P Show.

A few hig hlig hts

Jazz and Blues Festival Ascens ion Wine Estate – 29 December For bookings call 09 405 0569 / 09 534 2020 - 021 138 7005. Warkworth Rodeo, Warkworth A& P Grounds, SH1 – 1 Januar y www.warkworthnz.co.nz/Rodeo 140th Waipu Highland Games – 1 January, 8.30am-6pm Caledonian Park, The Centre, Wa ipu www.waipugames.co.nz Mangawhai Surf Lifesaving Car nival – 5 January Puhoi Wood Chopping Carniv al – 8 January, 10am-5pm Warkworth A&P show, A&P showgrounds, SH1 – 22 Januar y Puhoi MTB Marathon – 6 Feb urary $3000 plus in prizes and giveawa ys www.summerofcycling.com Mangawhai Walking Weekend – 1-3 April mangawhaiwalkingweekend.co. nz


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HOMEMADE BREAKFAST & LUNCH BYO

• Cosy cafe with delicious home-cooking • 7 day Farmers’ Market outlet • Fresh fruit and vegetables • Exquisite confectionery • Speciality gifts • Organic and gluten-free products • Rush coffee

Gold: Rush Espresso 2009 • Silver: Organic Rush 2010 NZ Coffee Awards : Rush Coffee

Winner of Outstanding Customer Service 2009 Inaugural Manaakitanga Awards

786 SANDSPIT RD Wed to Sun 9am-3pm 425 8486

Phone 09 425 5815

Shop 6, Mahurangi Shopping Centre, Snells Beach Email: market.provedores@clear.net.nz www.marketprovedores.co.nz

Dine-in, Takeaway or Deliver Fully Licenced – BYO Wine

Top Of The Dome Café

Lunch - Wed-Sat 11.30am to 2pm Dinner - Mon to Sun 4.30pm till late • 50+ delicious curries to choose from • Gluten free food • NZ experienced Indian Chef 332 Mahurangi East Road, Snells Beach, Warkworth Phone 09 425 5567 | Email montychawla84@yahoo.com

Phone 09 425 7794 496 State Highway One 7km North of Warkworth

Relax, Unwind and enjoy our Home Cooked Food with EXCITING ADDITIONS to the menu Still serving our renowned All Day Dome Breakfasts and award-winning Rush Coffee. Spacious Outdoor eating area with Kidz Korner Dog Friendly Licenced

Open 7am to 5pm Every Day


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NAJA GARDEN CENTRE

Puhoi Cottage TEA R OMS O

Experience the calming ambience of the Puhoi Cottage and our World Famous Devonshire Cream Teas Manaakitanga Finalists 2010

‘Music in the Gardens’ Concerts start Jan 16th, 2011 50 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi, North Auckland

Phone 09 422 0604

www.puhoicottage.co.nz Directions: Travelling North along SH1 from Auckland, turn-off at Puhoi North of Orewa and Waiwera (bottom of Johnstone’s Hill). Travelling South, Puhoi is South of Warkworth.

for your good health

EVO

Echo Valley Olives 59 Echo Valley Road Mangawhai

09 431 4118 FARM SHOP Saturdays 9am-3pm Sundays & Weekdays 10am - 2pm Grove tours 2pm Daily

Licensed cafe now serving: All day breakfast and lunch, full range of coffee and beverages, kid friendly. Refer to website for full menu. Summer evening Tapas menu from 6 til late on Thurs, Fri and Sat.

Your Coastal Plant Specialist

Expert recommendations and free advice on garden care and plant varieties. Extensive range of garden equipment, chemicals and fertilisers for all your needs, pool chemicals, and gifts for all occasions.

Ph (09) 431 4374

Ph (09) 431 4111

198 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads www.najagarden.co.nz

OPEN 7 DAYS

Echo Valley Olives is a family run business nestled in sunny Mangawhai - a popular holiday destination. Don and Teresa invite you to experience the ambience of their olive grove and to taste their award winning Olive Oils and Table Olives. We look forward to greeting you.

www.millarsvineyard.co.nz


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WINE

TOURS

MATAKANA REGION CHAUFFEURED TOURS

Neville Street, Warkworth

p 425 7373

Courtyard Dining Open 7 days a week 11am-3pm & 5pm till late Bookings appreciated

ds a Vineyar

Matakan

 Wine Tours  Blokes Sheds Tours  Gardens & Art Tours  Design A Tour ...admiring views along the way

Operating daily | Door-to-door Book and pay online or call www.warkworthtours.co.nz info@warkworthtours.co.nz PHONE 0800 WARKWORTH

BOOK NOW!

hed Tour Blokes S

Our local guide brings you to the best of the best

WE ARE YOUR ONE STOP SHOP • Fresh fruit and vegetables • Groceries • Magazines • Local & imported beer & wine • Pies • Sandwiches • Parlour Ice creams • Ice • Sunglasses • Fish bait • Kwik-Swap Gas bottles

Matariki Street, Omaha (beside the Omaha Surf Club) P 422 9340 F 422 9341 E omahabeachsuperette@gmail.com OPEN 7 DAYS 7am - 7.30pm

Open: Mon to Fri 8am - 4pm • Sat 8:30am - 2pm

We have a great outdoor seating area overlooking the Mahurangi River

3 Riverside Arcade, Warkworth (off Queen Street)

p. 425 7034


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Brow si n g at le is u re

G ra h a m M

a cDo n a ld

A road trip north is an invitation to return to the days when sho pping was so much more than a hectic dash to the mall or a stultifying ses sion in front of your computer, combing through the latest auctions online. Townships cater for everything from your most basic needs to some unique gifts and treasures tuck ed away in boutique stores and craft markets, while roadside outlets may provide access to one-off finds and artisans in action. Browsing is wel comed and gives you the chance to see, touch and try things you cou ld not have imagined. The best loca lly handcrafted items rub shoulders with exquisite specialty items sou rced from around the world. Shop own ers and staff know their goods insi de out and enjoy the opportunity to share their knowledge with custom ers. Take Matakana’s Red Letter Day store where Graham and Lind y MacDonald provide a range of high end writing instruments, accessorie s and stationery to customers who share their belief in the artisan cult ure and the power of the written wor d. The range includes discoveries from international stationery fairs and exclusive New Zealand access to stylish brands like Vera Wang stationery, El Casco handmade desk access ories from Spain’s Basque region and acclaimed Jac Zagoory pen and desk art. Meanwhile, Graham produces hyper-realistic pencil drawings, ofte n crafted in store while customers look on. Along with the latest internationa l trends you’ll find a healthy dos e of recycled kiwi heritage and style with the likes of Wellsford Traders and Warkworth’s Mrs Jones going retr o with a focus on kiwiana and item s of restored glory. Roadside stops can also reveal antiques and collecta bles.

Note to se lf

A trip plan can help you hit all of the unexpected diversions that make

highlights – but allow time for each visit unique.

A stop at the local information cen tre any itinerary.

A shingle hanging on the roadside is

is often a worthwhile starting poin

t for

usually an invitation to stop and brow

se.


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River Nile Linens Dream & Surrender to Luxury! Matakana designed and made

100% Pure Luxury Cotton Bed Linen 304 Matakana Road Warkworth, New Zealand Ph 09 425 7497 or 0800 748 645 sales@rivernilelinens.co.nz www.rivernilelinens.co.nz

• Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen • Duvet Covers • Turkish Towels • Table Linen • Gifts and Vouchers • Make to Measure

We welcome your visit to our shop/showroom


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the health store

Natural Health Store & Therapy Room Massage Reiki Reflexology

Summer Essentials Sunscreen Insect Repellent Organic Skincare Natural Makeup Books & Magazines

THE HUB • MANGAWHAI VILLAGE • 09 431 4070 We can book all your local & New Zealand travel free & friendly service • Bus, train, ferries, tours • Accommodation • Internet & Wifi

Warkworth i-SITE Visitors Centre 1 Baxter St, Warkworth www.warkworthnz.com PH: 09 425 9081

Damask is a unique retail experience that celebrates the beauty and elegance of the rose. This amazing store is filled with things women love. Gorgeous bags and accessories, beautiful French perfumes and soaps, heavenly nightware, jewellery to die for, fine English china and lots more. Damask really is Girl Heaven!

Lower level Matakana Village ph. 09422 9959 Shop Online at www.damask.co.nz


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Beach Inspired. amelia rose

We offer an exquisite range of beach house style furniture, accessories and decor for indoor and outdoor living. Inspirational gifts and unique designs for the coastal lifestyle.

BAKER STREET NEW ZEALAND

Shop 4, River View Plaza | Kapanui Street | Warkworth Phone 09 425 9390

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Shop 6, River View Plaza Warkworth. 09 425 0056 989e Matakana Road Matakana. 09 423 0208

reo

unique gifts stylish decor

for Home and Garden

River View Plaza | Warkworth Phone 425 9005 treo@vodafone.co.nz

Christy and Baksana towels Seneca Bed Linen Karlsson Clocks Schott Crystal Glasses Stamps Watches Mywalit Italian Handbags NZ made furniture Sid Dickens Memory Blocks Yothaka Furniture


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Off th e beate n tra ck

Summer is recession-proofed in nor thern Rodney with bountiful selectio n of regional parks offering free acc ess to some unmatched charms of the region. Regional parks on Aucklan d’s north-eastern coast protect 38.5 km of coastline where visitors can enjoy priceless views, walks, cam ping, picnicking, kayaking, mountain biki ng, fishing, beaches, flora and faun a. At Tawharanui Regional Park kiw is of the feathered kind have take n up permanent residence and are suc cessfully breeding in the wild beh ind the 2.5km predator-proof fence. Here you can walk the coast, mo unt ain bike, view wildlife on the ecology trail or indulge in watersports from surfing Anchor Bay to swimm ing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling and diving. Tawharanui’s Marine Park has recently been upgraded to Ma rine Reserve. South of Tawharanui, Scandrett Regional Park encom passes another popular fishing spot, Mu llet Point, which also offers spectac ular clifftop views of Kawau Island. Surprises are in store for visitors to Scandrett’s historic farm precinct, including audio within the old cow she d of the former owner George Scandr ett whistling his dogs and reciting the alphabet backwards, as he used to make all his children do. Atiu Creek Regional Park covers more than 800 hectares overlooking the Kaipara Harbour, featuring a range of tracks ideal for longer walks, a fam ily mountain bike adventure or even horse riding (with a pass and a pur cha sed key for access throughout the sea son). Expect panoramic views, hist oric places, mature and regenerating native forest and accompanying wild life, wetlands and estuarine mangroves (but no suitable swimming beach).

Note to se lf

Just walking a few minutes further

from your car soon thins out the

crowd.

Book early for park accommodation in peak summer months. Gas barbecues are always allowed, but open fires on beaches are not. Dogs are prohibited from many regi onal park area reserves. Check the rules.

s (including carparks) and


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Warkworth’s Treasure Trove

Mistique Fine Lines

Loveable Triumph

Serving the Community for 20 years

Berlei Pierre Cardin

Intimate Apparel Shop 1 Riverside Arcade 62 Queen Street Warkworth (09) 425 8522

Little Girls Room

Givon

Beautiful Summer Nightware

Speciality Lingerie 18 Neville St (next to 4 Square)

Stockist of a range of lables

Ph: 09 425 7404

Gaby’s for stylish Argyll Angle 58 Queen Street Warkworth (09) 425 9970

Lifespace ToaT Privilege Calico David Pond Cashews Scope Petrena MacJays Cherry Blasko Yvonne Black PJ Jeans

clothing

Revue Vssp Lisa Law Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Fratini Newport Studio Cachet Optimum Meredith Paula Ryan...


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Get y ou r fe et wet

New Zealand’s first marine rese rve and one of the world’s mo st established no-take marine env ironments, Goat Island (officially Cape Rodney–Okakari Point Marine Res erve) is an attraction not to mis sed. Just 3.5km from Leigh townsh ip and within an hour and a half of Auckland, the reserve protects 547 hectares of shore and sea that was once severely depleted. Snapper up to a metre in leng th, colourful schools of blue mao mao, goatfish, banded wrasse, parore, spottie, stingrays and dolphin sigh tings can all be part of the voyage. Abo ut 150 species are resident in the area. Remember that wind and swells can impact visibility even when it’s sun ny, so if you are thinking of a trip on the glass bottom boat, phone ahe ad to ensure conditions are suitable for viewing. For those willing to get wet, the reserve represents some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in New Zealand. The environment caters to all levels of experience, with supervised “try dive” options for the uninitiated and night dives possibl e for the adventurous. Bring you r own gear or book with local operators. February is the warmest month but wetsuits are recommended for dive rs in all seasons. Access a variety of habitats, from rocky shores (exposed at low tide ) to deep reefs and caves outside the island and from seaweed forests to sponge gardens, but remember that all marine life is protected incl uding kina (sea urchins) which are in decline. Ashore you can enjoy a 1.52hr return walk from the carpark along the coast across University of Auckland land, passing farmland and through coastal broadleaf fore st remnants and restoration planting .

Note to se lf

New Zealand has 30 marine reserves

but still only 0.3 per cent of the t is protected in this way.

country’s total marine environmen

Reserve rules include no fishing with

in the marine reserve boundary, no feeding the fish, no dogs and no takin g of any part of the marine environm ent.


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KAWAU LODGE Come and relax on Kawau Island, “Jewel in the Hauraki Gulf” and only 1 hour’s drive from Auckland city. Kawau Lodge, Qualmark 4 star lodge situated in North Cove, Kawau Lodge offers hosted accommodation in tastefully decorated ensuite king / twin/ queen bedrooms opening onto private deck areas with sea and bush views. A delicious breakfast with a choice of continental or gourmet, served with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and specialty muffins can be served in your room, outside on your deck or upstairs in the dining alcove. During the day you can go for a kayak around the bay, maybe a sail in our sailing dinghy, or fishing off the jetty or for the more adventurous a bush walk and for those of you who would just like to kick back and relax you can enjoy the bird song while reading a good book from our library. In the evening enjoy a fabulous hosted evening dinner made from a fine selection of carefully prepared local produce. You will be personally met and transferred from Sandspit out to the lodge onboard our 28’ boat, “Dolphin Explorer” or you can journey out to the island onboard the Kawau Kat mail run ferry boat which departs Sandspit daily at 10.30am. Ask us about our sightseeing trips around Kawau or to Tiritiri Island bird sanctuary or Goat Island marine reserve. The alternative is to kick back, relax, and enjoy the peace and serenity of a car free island. Perfect “get-a-way” Weekend , honeymoon destination or special birthday or anniversary occasion. Ask us about our vouchers for that special gift.

Phone 09 422 8831 or 021 951 038 Email: mail@kawaulodge.co.nz | www.kawaulodge.co.nz

SUMMER FERRY TIMETABLE 20 October 2010 to 20 April 2011 Bookings are essential and must be made at least 2 hours prior to pick up time

MONDAY - FRIDAY DEPARTURE TIMES: Sandspit

RETURN TIMES:

South Cove

Bon accord

North Cove

Vivian Bay

7.30am

7.15am

7.00am

6.50am

8.00am

9.05am

9.20am

9.35am

9.45am

10.30am

2.05pm

1.10pm

1.00pm

12.50pm

4.00pm

5.00pm

5.15pm

5.40pm

5.50pm

Early offs *8.00am

*9.05am

*10.30am *4.00pm

6.30pm

*7.00pm

*7.30am

*2.05pm *5.00pm

*7.15am *9.20am *1.30pm *5.15pm

*7.00am *9.35am *1.00pm *5.40pm

*6.50am *9.45am *12.50pm *5.50pm

*These select time are only apllicable on Mon - Fri 26 DEC to 28 FEB only

SATURDAY - SUNDAY DEPARTURE TIMES:

RETURN TIMES:

Sandspit

South Cove

Bon accord

North Cove

Vivian Bay

8.00am

9.05am

9.20am

9.35am

9.45am

10.30am

2.05pm

1.10pm

1.00pm

12.50pm

2.30pm

4.35pm

4.10pm

3.55pm

3.45pm

4.30pm

5.30pm

5.45pm

6.10pm

6.20pm

7.00pm

Adult One way $27.00 Return: $50.00 Child One way $14.00 Return $26.00

ALL SAILINGS MUST BE DONE ON 16 SEATER BOAT - PASSENGER NUMBERS ESSENTIAL.

ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FROM TICKET OFFICE

Kawau Water Taxis Ltd 0800 111 616


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D ire ct ory of A dve rt is e rs Puhoi to Warkworth

Page

Beachhouse Living................................. ............33 Café Q..................................................... .............. 29 Chocolate Brown..................................... ...........21 FB Warren Jeweller.................................. .........35 Gaby’s.......................................................... ..........35 Horse Riding Warkworth....................... .............. 7 Intimate Apparel................................... .............. 35 Not Just Hats.......................................... .............35 OBR............................................................... ........33 Puhoi Cottage Tea Rooms....................... ...........28 River Gallery........................................... .............16 Sheepworld............................................ ................9 Skyworks.................................................... ............8 The Honey Centre..................................... ............5 The Pizza Co............................................ .............29 The Range.................................................... ........39 Top of the Dome Cafe............................ .............27 Treo.......................................................... .............. 33 Warkworth i-SITE..................................... ...........32 Warkworth & District Museum................ .........11 Warkworth Tours..................................... ............29

Snells Beach to Sandspit Algies Art Gallery..................................... ...........16 Great Summer Art Exhibition................ ............17 Indian Aroma............................................ ...........27 Market Provedores..................................... ........27 Parasoul....................................................... ........17 Tahi Lodge.................................................... ........13 The Parsley Pot Cafe............................ .............. 27

Kawau Island

Page

Kawau Lodge............................................. .........37 Reubens................................................... ............37

Matakana to Pakiri Ascension Wine Estate..................... Bac k page Charlies Gelato Garden.............................. .......24 Damask......................................................... .......32 Dragonfly.................................................... .........24 Hospice Art Exhibition.............................. .........17 Hyperion Heights.................................... ...........12 Jeannette Switzer Jewellery................ ...........16 Mahurangi River Winery...................... ............24 Matakana Country Park............................ ..........7 Matakana House Motel......................... ...........12 Omaha Beach Golf Club....................... ...............8 Omaha Beach Superette......................... .........29 Pakiri Beach Holiday Park....................... .........12 Pakiri Beach Horse Rides....................... ............9 Piece Gallery........................................... ...........16 Plume...................................................... .............23 Puriri Tree................................................... ...........7 Red Letter Day.......................................... ..........31 Reptile Park............................................ ...............8 River Nile Linens...................................... ..........31 Rose Cottage.......................................... ............12 Runner Duck Estate................................ ...........21 Skipjack Charters..................................... ............8 Sunday Wine Market............................. ...........25 The Village Bookshop.............................. ..........32 The Vintry..................................................... .......24 Twilight Market............................................ .......25

Kaipara & Kauri Coast

Page

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens..... ................6 K2K Kaipara to Kaipara Walk................ .............. 6 Rodney Aero Club................................... .............. 7 The Kauri Museum................................... ..........11

Wellsford to Mangawhai Albertland Museum................................... .........11 Dragons Rest Cafe................................... ...........20 EVO Echo Valley Olives........................ .............. 28 Kaiwaka Cheese Shop.......................... .............20 Kakariki....................................................... ..........32 Mangawhai Fishing & Tackle................ .............. 9 Mangawhai Beach & Country Market.. ..........20 Millars Vineyard.......................................... ........28 Naja Garden Centre & Harvest Cafe....... ........28 Q Café & Restaurant.............................. .............19 Sail Rock Cafe.......................................... ...........20 The Arts Factory..................................... .............15 Tudor Oaks Motel..................................... ...........13 Wined About Bike Tours.......................... ............9 Wisdome Cottage Countrystay................ .........12

District wide Regional Parks........................................ ....... 5&13 North Tec................................................... ...... 6


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Coffee, cold drinks and snacks • Gift vouchers available Group bookings - prices on request

Golf 100 balls $10 70 balls $7 40 balls $5 Clubs included

Baseball $5 for 26 balls Bat & helmet included

Air Rifles

Semi-automatics (Moving targets)

$5 36 shots $10 96 shots $30 360 shots Cricket $30 1 hour $20 ½ hour $50 2 hours Equipment available

Phone: 09 425 8393

1794 State Highway 1, Warkworth therange@xtra.co.nz www.therangewarkworth.co.nz Open 9.30am-8pm • 7 days


presents ... Two huge international events among the vines this summer! Bring a picnic and enjoy! Featuring 4½ hours of live music by Robbie MacGregor (USA), Tony Painting & Powerband (UK), Hammond Gamble, Billy TK Jnr, Riverhead Slide, Brilleaux and Briar Ross. dly Presents Ascension Wines, Matakana, Prou

With more hit singles than The Beatles in the 60s, THE HOLLIES shaped the world of pop music as we know it today. Their mega hits including Air That I Breathe, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, Bus Stop, Long Cool Woman (in a black dress) and Carrie Anne, continue to be among the most-played in the world today. Supported by The Conrays.

Tickets $75, no concessions.

Wed 29th December 4.30pm

Tickets just $30, kids 12 & under FREE.

All tickets are available over the counter with no booking fees, or phone 09 422 9601 ext 2 to book ($5 per transaction) Full event information @ www.ascensionwine.co.nz 480 Matakana Road, Matakana


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