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Summer 2012/13




MAHURANGI  north auckland


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Mahurangi is the shortened version of the Maori phrase ‘Mahu hu ki te rangi’, which translates to ‘the rock that points to the sky’. It has been suggested that the name comes from the tribe Ngatirongo, which originally inhabited the land between Auckland and Whangarei. The Mahurangi district once stretched from Auckland’s North Shore to Te Arai.













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Photography: Mahurangi Matters and Matakana Information Office Cover photo: Katherine Norman To advertise in next summer’s edition phone 09 425 9068.



17 Neville Street, Warkworth Phone 09 425 9068





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Kia ora welcome It’s that time of year again when Kiwis pack up and head for the beach, the bach or the bush, looking for some welcome respite from the weekly grind. If this is your first visit to the Mahurangi area, we wish you a warm welcome. We hope you have the time to relax and discover all that our beautiful region has to offer. The list of recreational choices is as long as it is varied. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are long, empty stretches of sandy beaches, pounding surf breaks, rugged cliffs and headlands, native bush, quiet rivers, dune lakes, wetlands and walking tracks to explore. Others might prefer to visit wineries and cafes, galleries and sculpture parks, museums or indulge in a little retail therapy at markets and village shops. Whatever your preference, we hope you enjoy your stay and return home with happy memories.

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The narrow neck of land that stretches from Puhoi north to the Brynderwyns, flanked by Kaipara Harbour on its west and the Hauraki Gulf on its east, has much to recommend it. The west coast, along SH16, is treasured for its wild beaches and remote farming vistas. The east coast, with its surf, white sandy beaches and safe boating opportunities, is more densely settled. And scattered between the coasts are numerous towns and villages with quaint customs and some even quainter locals. Don’t say you weren’t warned

Country Park Market, Matakana Country Park, Saturdays 9am-1pm Matakana Village Farmers Market, Matakana, Saturdays 8am-1pm Matakana Indie, Matakana Village, Sundays 9.30am-2.30pm Mangawhai Village, Library Hall, 45 Moir Street, Saturdays 9am-1pm Mangawhai Beach & Country, The Domain, every Sunday during January 9am-1pm. Puhoi Farmers Market, The Domain, last Sunday of the month 9am-1pm Wellsford Community Market, 72 School Road, every second Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm

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Puhoi Bohemian settlement Puhoi will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its Bohemian settlement this year and a range of events is being organised to commemorate the milestone. There were 83 settlers in the first wave of Bohemian immigrants who reached NZ on June 29, 1863, after more than 100 days at sea. A community dinner, dances, church services, tours of the village, family reunions, a pioneer landing re-enactment and the official opening of the Puhoi River historic wharf replica are all on the anniversary programme, which will culminate on the weekend of June 28 to 30. Since the centenary in 1963, Puhoi has seen a population reversal from a community almost exclusively Bohemian-descended to one where around threequarters of the residents are a mix of ethnicities. While events will honour the early settlers and the journey they made, the anniversary will also celebrate the many new residents who have enriched the Puhoi community over recent decades. Info: The original Puhoi settlers were all of the Roman Catholic faith and one of the first things they turned their attention to was constructing a church. This was completed in 1881 and dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul whose feast day in the Catholic calendar falls on 29 June, the date of the arrival of the first settlers. The church still stands today and has been the focus of community fundraising to restore it in time for the reunion. A major part of the renovation centred on the church’s 22 stained glass windows, which have been re-leaded, cleaned and re-installed in new frames.

The WARKWORTH RSA HONEY CENTRE Bar, lounge & four Competition Pool Tables open from 11am Mon to Sat & 3pm Sun

Ph/Fax 09 425 8003 Gunners Restaurant

Phone 021 931 701 to book, or just call in Wed to Sat

18 Gaming Machines and $1000 Jackpot

Ph 09 425 0132

Open 7 Days 8.30am-4.30pm • Freshly baked cafe food • Live bee display • Free honey tasting • Yummy honey icecreams/smoothies • Huge variety of honey & bee products • Customers say “It’s the best food around” (Closed Christmas Day)


Call in to our RSA this Summer for a game of Pool, a cool drink, a flutter on the Pokies or a delicious meal in Gunners Restaurant. 09 425 8568 or email: • 28 Neville St, Warkworth

Open 7 Days 8.30am-5pm


40mins north of Auckland • 4km south of Warkworth, Corner SH1 & Perry Rd WARKWORTH


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Kaipara steeped in history


Atiu Creek became a regional park in 2006 after being gifted to the nation by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat. The couple had TRAV EL farmed the property for decades and wanted to ensure that all TIP A New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour. shing on the le hanging Protection in perpetuity of the cultural and heritage values of usually roadside is the area was also their priority. The park, which is located on an to com invitation the Okahukura (Tapora) Peninsula, is managed and operated e in by Auckland Council. It is brows and e. home to the NZ dabchick, brown teal and the North Island brown kiwi. The Kaipara is steeped in both Maori and European history, and some of these stories are best told at museums in Helensville and Matakohe. The harbour was once an important commercial link to Auckland and many a ship was wrecked on its treacherous bar during this period.

A favourite leisure destination for Kiwis and tourists

Open 365 days a year OPENING HOURS • Sunday – Thursday 9am – 9pm • Friday & Saturday 9am – 10pm


21 Waiwera Road, Waiwera North Auckland, New Zealand HOT MINERAL POOLS • HYDROSLIDES • MOVIE POOL • DAY SPA

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Warkworth For more than 150 years, Warkworth has been the Mahurangi district’s main centre of commerce and trade. Still largely reflecting its original orderly town layout, it has witnessed the ebb and flow of various rural industries, from fruit growing to forestry and dairying. A major industry was the Wilson Cement Works, just east of the town on the river, which operated from 1865 until its closure around 1928. Now owned by Auckland Council, a management and restoration plan for the site is in place. The Town Hall in the centre of town turned 100 in 2011. Although closed at present, Council has plans to restore the building which has an Historic Places Category 1 rating, mainly because of its unusual stoneware block construction.

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There are rewards for visitors who set out on foot. Whether you’re looking for a coastal view or a native bush experience, or both, there are many choices. Pamphlets are available from local information offices, listing the most popular walks. Many fall along the national walkway, Te Araroa (see for further details) which enters the region at Waipu, traversing the Brynderwyns to Mangawhai, Mt Tamahunga, The Dome, Moirs Hill and exiting at Puhoi/Wenderholm. Some of these tracks have been developed with the support of local landowners so it’s important that walkers respect the environment. Here’s some tips: Keep to the track Leave gates as you find them/use the stiles provided Always take litter with you Always bury toilet waste; avoid toileting near water Park your car thoughtfully (never drive onto private properties or park in front of gates) Dogs are prohibited on farms and in protected bird areas.





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MEET the locals – VIEW the scenery – TASTE the produce Book now to enjoy one of our half day tours with our local guides WINE TOUR $135pp Matakana Vineyards



Come & meet the owners who freely discuss their ventures along the way

TASTE TOUR $159pp Matakana Food Producers From oyster shucking to making ice cream – a hands on tasty tour.

Tour price includes lunch, tastings, & Matakana region door to door service Return transfers to Auckland CBD add $45pp & 45 minutes

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Cars from $25 per day*

09 425 7599


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Shop 7, River View Plaza, Kapanui Street, Warkworth 0910 Phone: 09 425 7720 | Email:

Beach Inspired. 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. Shop 1, River View Plaza Warkworth Phone 09 425 0056

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Art & Craft creativity unleashed 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 wine, and historic and cultural artefacts adorning parks and buildings. The metal art animals at Wellsford, the public toilets at Matakana and the creatively adorned ceilings of the Matakana Cinemas point to the drive for beauty and originality. To combine a scenic stroll in stunning natural settings with art appreciation and the chance to take home things you love, consider the likes of Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens or the Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Trail at Snells Beach. Take time to admire the skill and beauty in carved pou whenua placed strategically on the land at various sites throughout the district where they acknowledge and represent the relationship between tangata whenua (the people of the land), their ancestors and their environment or tarangawaewae (place of standing).


Information sites will be able to offer details of galleries, public art and artist studios. Ask for current Art Trail brochures.

Artist studios may keep irregular hours. If you want to be sure of access phone ahead.

Artworks can often be packaged and posted to save having to cart them around.

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• Super coffee • Outstanding burgers • Extensive cabinet variety • Daily specials board • Fully Licenced 1 Queen Street, Warkworth • Phone 425 8749 Mon to Fri 8am – 4.30pm, Sat 8.30am – 3pm, Sun 9am – 3pm

24 hour door-to-door pickup & delivery service to the airport

• 37 Seater Bus • Cars & Vans • Luxury/Corporate Vehicle Leave your car securely at home - let us do the driving!

Phone 425 0000 or 425 8295 |

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• 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

42 Kaipara Flats Road


1 hour ........ $40 2 hours ...... $75 No eftpos or credit cards Gift vouchers available


Phone 09 425 8517


Summer Drought? Camping?....


• Linen • Picnic rugs • Sleeping bags • Beach towels

Kowhai Laundry

Great Coffee – Atomic Fair Trade - Award Winners Great Food – Everything we serve is made in our kitchen Great Service – Friendly welcoming atmosphere Gluten free and vegetarian options available

Dry Cleaning Agents

Ginger Café – all that you want

Hours - Mon-Fri 8am-5pm • Sat 9am-1pm 13 Neville Street, Warkworth • Phone 09 425 9775

21 Queen Street, Warkworth • 09 422 2298 Open 7 Days 7am-4pm

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Events a look at the year ahead January


1 Warkworth Rodeo 1 Waipu Highland Games 2 Mangawhai Gala 11&12 Waipu Grand Pageant 12 Puhoi Axemen’s competition 26 Warkworth A&P 26 Mahurangi Regatta, Sullivans Bay 25-28 Hospice Art Show

2 Fruitloop fun/run walk, Matakana 2&3 Puhoi Show 6&7 Mangawhai Walking Weekend

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Puhoi picnic, wharf opening and pioneer landing re-enactment. Jackman Classic, from Waipu Cove to Mangawhai Heads

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OPEN 6 DAYS 27-35 Queen Street, Warkworth • 425 0441

(Located behind Lee & Hart Pharmacy, in the courtyard by Kodak Express)

June 28-30 Puhoi 150th Anniversary





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Kowhai Festival Matakana School Gala Mangawhai School Gala

Warkworth Walking Weekend

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Wellsford Santa Parade Great Summer Art Exhibition

For an up to date calender of events, visit the entertainment pages at

Manicures & Pedicures | Minx Nails | Tammy Taylor Acrylic Nails Shellac Nail Approved Salon | OPI Gel Polish | Artistic Colour Gloss OPI & Essie Nail Polish | Princess Pamper Parties Wedding & Special Occasions | Gift Vouchers 27-35 Queen Street, Warkworth • 425 0441 Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-5pm • Saturday 9am-2pm (Located behind Lee & Hart Pharmacy, in the courtyard by Kodak Express)

Angela Munro 021 709 704 A/hrs Qualified Nail Technician

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Warkworth all aboard A new public transport service will be up and running in the Warkworth area this summer. The pilot on-demand bus service is the first of its kind in NZ and if successful, other regional centres could soon follow suit. The scheduled hourly service will run between Snells Beach and Warkworth, and Matakana and Warkworth, with additional services during peak times. Time has also been built into the timetable to do prebooked pick-ups from the wider catchment including Omaha, Leigh, Point Wells, Algies Bay and Sandspit. A ticket costs between $3 and $4, with slightly higher fares from outlying villages. The timetable is available at or from the Warkworth i-SITE and local libraries.

Stockists of a wide range of labels Speciality lingerie Beautiful summer nightware

Intimate Apparel Shop 1, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen St, Warkworth

Phone (09) 425 8522

Warkworth’s Treasure Trove Serving the Community for 24 years 18 NEVILLE STREET (NEXT TO PIZZA CO) PHONE 09 425 7404


for stylish clothing

for stylish clothing • Redhead • Revue • Vssp • Lisa Law • Vamp • Optimum • Newport Studio • Meredith • David Pond • Petrena • MacJays • Cachet • Scope • Paula Ryan • PJ Jeans • Fratini • Seven Sisters • Yvonne Black • Lifespace • Siren • Privilege • Not Your Daughter's Jeans Argyll Angle, 58 Queen Street, Warkworth • Phone (09) 425 9970

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Home made fresh food

Great cider selection

Kid/family friendly with playground and park golf Liquor licence

Altura coffee

Open for functions

Open 7 days • 7am-5pm Open for dinner Friday and Saturday evenings 182 SH1, Warkworth | 09 422 2274

Top Of The Dome Café

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

Hauturu The brooding presence of Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island) nominates the vista as you enter Leigh. Situated 22 kilometres off Cape Rodney, its name means resting place of the winds. Mt Hauturu, at 722-metres, is the highest mountain in the region. The island is NZ’s oldest nature reserve, having been set-up in 1895, and is the only forested area in NZ relatively undisturbed by introduced browsing mammals, reinforcing its importance both nationally and internationally. Hauturu is home to more than 400 native plant species including many that are now seldom seen on the mainland. The island’s fauna has slowly started to re-establish since the removal of feral cats concluded in 1980 and kiore (rats) in 2004. Threatened species living on the island include wetapunga (giant weta) and hihi (stitchbird) for which the island has been the last refuge for more than 100 years. The island is off-limits to the general public and landing on the island is strictly forbidden.

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 09 425 7444 •

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

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Te Hana not to be missed One place not miss on the drive north from Warkworth, on State Highway 1, is the modest gallery and workshop in Te Hana run by master carver Kerry Strongman. The Arts Factory boasts an impressive international clientele from Miami to Florence including the Sheraton Hotel in Brussels. Renowned for his Jewellery for Giants sculptures, carved in swamp kauri and other native timbers, Kerry’s work has evolved toward a more contemporary approach using modern methods and equipment, while retaining its traditional roots. Although his work resonates with his Maori (Ngapuhi), Scottish and Irish ancestry, he says the form the artwork takes and the stories they tell are recognised the world over. “Good form communicates without language. No-one owns it, we just get to express it.” The ancient swamp kauri, which is between 25,000 to 40,000 years old, also contributes to the effect his sculptures often have on people. The raw material can take between five to seven years to travel from salvage to sale.


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Gifts Matai Furniture Ironwares Leather Furniture Crystals, Gems & Candles • Tiffany Leadlight Lamps • Custom Built Kitchens


Discover what many have found

North Harbour’s premier country golf club since 1908

• Mention this ad for 20% off normal green fees • Great deals on Summer memberships • Catering, Bar and Golf Shop

09 425 8248 • The wine, the food, the views....

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magic at Frog Pool Farm

Phone 425 9030 • Dome Valley 5 minutes past Warkworth

Simply Gorgeous

Open Thursday until Monday 11am-4pm for lunch, coffee, wine tastings and cellar tours Open every day in January

162 Hamilton Road Phone 425 0306

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Everyone Loves Matakana

markets bars | Matakana Village | Ph: 09 422 9959

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cinemas • shopping • cafés restaurants • galleries

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Matakana the village While the Saturday Farmers Market is undeniably one of Matakana’s biggest drawcards for weekend visitors, there is a lot more to see and do in the village if you have the time. The three cinemas are well worth a visit for their décor alone and the toilet block across the road is not something you will see every day. Nearby you’ll find the internationallyrecognised Morris & James Pottery and Tile Works, and the Matakana Country Park, Omaha Beach and Whangateau Harbour are just a few minutes drive away. There are numerous galleries, cafes and vineyards spread throughout the district, providing a welcome respite for the hungry and thirsty traveller. Many of the vineyards have cellar doors and offer wine tasting.

Matakana Village

Farmers’ Market Our world famous market offers over 40 artisans to tempt your palate year round. Quality, locally produced, wholesome, sustainable delicacies plus live music to add to the fun.

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Phone: 09 422 6889 | Visit:

Morris & James

Pottery & Sculptural Ceramics visit shop relax experience

Vin’try: n. 1. A place where wine is sold

Open 9am - 5pm throughout summer

Join us for the best local wine list, wine tasting, wine retail and relaxed wine by the glass to enjoy on our sunny deck with one of our delicious platters!

Join us 7 Days 11am-Late Tongue Farm Road Matakana

Cinema Lobby - 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana p 09 423 0251 w

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If you like to shop the slow way, then the Mahurangi won’t be a disappointment. Its country markets abound with fresh produce, mostly locally grown, and all sorts of fascinating trinkets can be found on the makeshift trestle tables, ranging from craft and clothing to jewellery, handmade hats and bags, and homemade soaps. Whether they are held inside or out, markets are fun. Many have entertainers and tastings to add to the convivial atmosphere, and even if you’re not buying, they are a great place to sip on an organic coffee and watch the world go by. Serious foodies can savour delicious deep fried quail eggs, fresh waffles, handmade sausages, smoked salmon, upmarket olive oils, chocolates, buffalo cheeses and macadamia nuts, washed down with feijoa wine or one of a number of boutique beers. Homemade cakes and sweets, breads, jams, pickles, sauces, cider and cheese guarantee that few visitors go home empty handed.

River Nile Linens Dream & Surrender to Luxury!

100% Pure Luxury Cotton Bed Linen 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana 09-422-7797

• 1000 Thread Count Pure Luxury Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen • Turkish Towels • Duvet Covers • Gifts and Vouchers • Make to Measure 304 Matakana Road, Warkworth Phone 09 425 7497 or 0800 748 645 Email:

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Matakana on your bike One of the most exciting projects on the go in Matakana is the six-kilometre pathway/cycleway linking the village to Omaha and Point Wells. The Matakana Community Group recently took delivery of a 70-metre section of the footbridge which once spanned the motorway near Remuera, in Auckland. The bridge will solve, at an affordable cost, the problem of how to get walkers and cyclists across the river. The group is keen to see the project completed and hopes to have the bridge in place sometime around March/April 2013. The pathway runs across both private and public land, affording spectacular views of Omaha Bay where, if you’re lucky, you may even see orca or dolphins. Volunteers have built the pathway, with strong support from local contractors.

• Latest model comfort cycles, mountain bikes & children’s bikes • Backpacker rates • Cycle tours

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Phone 09 423 0076 | 951 Matakana Road, Matakana |

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farm fresh produce and other goodies

The 588-hectare Tawharanui Regional Park, on Takatu Road, is New Zealand’s first integrated open sanctuary (mainland island) where farming, public recreation and conservation of native species combine. Thanks to a 2.5km predator proof fence and extensive plantings, native threatened or endangered species such as the brown kiwi, bellbird, pateke, green gecko and, most recently, saddleback are being safely reintroduced. Every year, volunteers plant two hectares of native vegetation with nearly 20,000 plants raised in the park nursery. There are several walking trails and two mountain bike tracks, each varying in distance. Don’t forget to pack a set of binoculars to catch a glimpse of the native birds.

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Homemade Gelato & Sorbetto Woodfired Pizza | Local Fruit & Cheeses Meringues & Other Goodies | Espresso Coffee CNR SHARP RD & MATAKANA RD MATAKANA | 09 423 0008 order online at www.nicksmar

Open 7 days - 9am-5pm 17 Sharp Road, Matakana • Phone 422 7942

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Omaha bird refuge Birds nesting on the end of Omaha spit stand a better chance of success these days, thanks to the efforts of the Omaha Shorebird Protection Society. The society recently completed the construction of a 400-metre predator proof fence, which runs from the mean high tide mark on Whangateau Harbour across the spit to the first groin. The purpose of the fence is to keep native shorebirds, including the threatened New Zealand dotterel and the variable oystercatcher, safe from pests such as rats, stoats, weasels and hedgehogs. Double gates have been erected, allowing continued easy pedestrian access along the beach. Visitors are asked to steer clear of the nesting areas, which are clearly marked with signage.

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travel the Golden Mile and uncover treasures off the beaten track


Fri to Mon 10 - 3pm Summer Only Please check website for further info:


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Auckland Anniversary Weekend

Hand crafted award winning wines with antipasto platters made with local produce. Enjoy spectacular views from our stunning Winery.




art in Matakana

Open Wed-Sun 11am - 5pm | Takatu Road, Matakana (opp Whitmore Rd) Phone 09 423 0022 |

7th annual art exhibition for Hospice

Matakana School Hall, Matakana A selection of fine art and crafts by invited artists Preview: Thursday 24th January 2013 from 6pm Wine and cheese provided - entry by donation

Open to the public (free entry): Friday 25th January, noon - 6pm Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January, 9am - 6pm Monday 28th January, 9am - noon Proudly supported by:

A fundraising event for:


• Fresh fruit and vegetables • Groceries • Magazines • Beer & Wine - local & imported • Pies • Sandwiches • Parlour Ice creams • Ice • Sunglasses • Fish bait • OnGas LPG bottles • ATM Machine

1 Matariki Street, Omaha (beside the Omaha Surf Club) Phone 422 9340 Fax 422 9341 Email OPEN 7 DAYS 7am - 7.30pm

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Matakana sipped to perfection As a wine region with a growing reputation, Matakana has got more than its fair share of attractive options for everyone from the casual taster to the wine connoisseur. With grape varieties ranging from the mainstream chardonnay, merlot and pinot gris to the more exotic sangiovese, carmenere and viognier (v-on-yay) and everything in between, there’s good reason to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. Winery owners frequently offer hospitality and tastings at the cellar door where you’ll encounter a warm welcome and an opportunity to sample various vintages. Drink in the value-added experience of talking to people who know their product, having the chance to try before you buy, getting advice on cellaring and more. Take the time to enjoy the huge range of winery cafes and restaurants that will demonstrate good pairings of wine with food, often prepared from fresh local ingredients.


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.

Experience our unique Sculpture Trail which winds through a remarkable native landscape. Taste our range of stunning wines in the spectacular Glass House accompanied by a vineyard platter.

Your gateway to a truly beautiful region . . .

Jack Boots Farmstay/B&B matakana valley

Our relaxing kiwi getaway is located less than an hour north of Auckland opposite Ascension Wine Estate on Matakana Road. Luxury furnishings and laid back country living blend to create a truly enjoyable experience for our guests. Ideally suited for one to eight guests, choose between the ‘Tui Room’ which sleeps two in luxury with its’ own private ensuite, or ‘The Bach’ with two bedrooms, open plan kitchen and lounge with private deck.

Open daily 10am - 5pm

Arabella Lane, Snells Beach, Warkworth

463 Matakana Rd • Ph: 027 773 3092

VISIT OUR antique barn & gallery FRI-SAT-SUN-MON 10-3 (summer hours to Easter 2013) • 09 425 4690

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design pod

989 Matakana Road ~ Matakana Village

Pop up shop& designer clothing

Colours | Styles | Perms Special Occasions Walk-in cuts as available Open 9am Tues to Sat Phone 422 9697 989a Matakana Road Matakana Village

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31a Matakana Valley Road, Matakana • 021 677 744

Learn to Mosaic from one of the best!!!

The very best in recycled clothing and accessories Open Tuesday to Saturday • p. 422 9059 • 989e Matakana Road, Matakana Village

Two day classes running from October thru Summer. All equipment supplied. Bring anything special you would like to mosaic with. Bring lunch and wine. Enjoy the experience with Liz Hood! Group bookings are welcomed!

Contact Liz 09 422 5899 Locally Produced Gifts and Souvenirs Phone 422 9169 | 989b Matakana Road, Matakana Closed Mondays |

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Departs Sandspit wharf Full Day / Half Day Group & Individual Bookings (max 7)

No1 Fishing Charter Present this ad for a 10% discount on a full day group booking

Kawau Island, Little Barrier, Great Barrier, Hen and chicks, Mokohinaus

Snells Beach Motel .... Discover Matakana Coast’s favourite

Top quality Rods, Tackle and bait supplied on most Charters. Modern fast 34ft alloy boat. (MNZ surveyed)

It’s our 10th AnniversAry this month!! 10 years of ever higher standards, Acclaimed with ‘Trip Advisors’ 4½ stAr 2012 CertifiCAte of exCellenCe “Awarded only to those with exceptional performance in the global business community”


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BOAT FOR HIRE See the team at Mahurangi Marine for all your boating needs and services Designed locally, our parasouls are now being sold internationally as a fun and functional accessory for sun AND rain!! Fabulous for weddings and all those summer festivals. Call, email, visit our website or come see us in Snells Beach. p. (09) 425 6928 e.


MAHUR ANGI MARINE LTD 330 Mahurangi East Rd, Snells Beach • Ph 425 5806

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“FISH HQ� Fishing Adventures Fish Leigh and Little Barrier Half Day and Full Day Charters - 1 to 4 Anglers Departs from Leigh Harbour

Phone Grant 021 261 8669 email:

Pakiri Beach Holiday Park

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. | ph 09 422 6199

Goat Island marine treasure Every year, more than 100,000 visitors come to Cape Rodney-Okakari Pt Marine Reserve, more commonly known as Goat Island, to marvel at this marine wonderland. Established in 1975, the 518-hectare reserve is a living aquarium made up of rocky intertidal platform reefs, kelp forests, urchin barrens, sponge gardens, sub-tidal sand flats and warm temperate reef fish. While visitors can get a sense of the reserve from the rocks, you have to get wet to really appreciate what you are looking at. With just a snorkel, fins and mask you can become a spectator on a fascinating world filled with giant snapper, crayfish, crabs and other sea life. The best time to visit is when there is less than a one metre swell and little or no wind. Visibility underwater is also best during late summer when the water is also warmest.

Reserve rules No fishing within the marine reserve boundary, no feeding the fish as it changes their natural behaviour, no dogs and no taking of any part of the marine environment. Contravening marine reserve rules can incur a hefty fine and confiscation of dive gear and boats.

Scandrett regional park Visitors to the Mahurangi East Peninsula should be sure to visit Scandrett Regional Park, on the southeastern side of Kawau Bay, about three kilometres past Algies Bay. The park is named after the Scandrett family who farmed on the land for more than 130 years and affords views of Kawau and the Hauraki Gulf. On site is a collection of farm buildings, as well as the original Scandrett Homestead built in 1884. Fishing is popular from the rock shelf below Mullet Point. Access is on foot along the beach and cliff base, and can be accessed at most times other than an hour either side of high tide. Sandspit is the stepping off point for Kawau Island and Mansion House, the stately home of Governor George Grey, which is currently receiving some much-needed maintenance.

wonderful sensation of horse riding on Enjoy... the the fabulous white sands of Pakiri surf beach.


School Holiday Riding Camps • Daily Rides • Accommodation

PAKIRI BEACH HORSE RIDES 17 Rahuikiri Road, Pakiri Beach, RD2, Wellsford

Pakiri Beach Horse Rides

Riding Holidays and Overnight Safaris For more information or reservations: p: 09 422 6275 e: w:



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Snells Beach Community Centre Hamatana Road, Snells Beach Preview Evening

Fri 28th Dec, 7pm – Admission $10 Exhibition Opening hours: Sat 29th Dec - Wed 2nd Jan, 9.30am - 4.30pm Thurs 3rd Jan, 9.30am - noon Cafe open Daily

Cafe Sandspit, situated in a beautiful location on the end of Sandspit Wharf. Open for breakfast and lunch every day, also evening dining. Please call 09 425 9475 or visit our website


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History Don’t be in a hurry when you visit one of our local museums as each one tells a different chapter in our regional history. As the name suggests, The Kauri Museum, at Matakohe, focuses on the mighty kauri forests which once covered large tracts of the north. The museum holds the largest collection of kauri gum in the world and exhibits include a full-scale boarding house. The Waipu Museum follows the dramatic story of one of the most remarkable migrations in our national history and a famous Scottish migration saga. The Albertland Museum, in Wellsford, houses extensive records and memorabilia relating to the Albertland settlers from the 1860s, while Warkworth & District Museum pays a lot of attention to the domestic lives of early settlers. The Bohemian Museum, at Puhoi, has the genealogical records of early Puhoi immigrants and gives visitors and appreciation of the area’s development. Volunteers play an integral part in maintaining and showing local museum collections, and are always happy to assist where they can.

Albertland Heritage Centre Albertland History Family Stories 100+ years of Photographic Memories Open daily 1:00pm to 3:00pm Adults $5.00 Children $1.00 Memorial Park 15 Port Albert Rd, Wellsford Phone: 423 8181 Email: Website:

time & tide The gold fever that gripped many places in New Zealand in the late 1860s also affected the Mahurangi district. It was thought the formation of the land was indicative of gold and that the local ranges could be a continuation of Cape Colville seam. Surveyors laying out new roads found quartz at Puhoi and samples were also taken from Matakana. Prospecting took place at Kourawhero alongside what appeared to be a reef and a shaft was sunk more than 40 feet. A meeting was held to invite subscriptions to aid the prospectors but early optimism faded and the venture was abandoned. Times were hard and many were lured away from their land to the Thames goldfields.


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Warkworth & District Museum OPEN DAILY 10am – 4pm 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:

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THE KAURI MUSEUM “Award Winning Top North Island Attraction – 2010/2011”

Discover the awe-inspiring history of the mighty Kauri, its fascinating gum and pioneering past

See how the mighty Kauri tree fuelled industries that sustained the communities of the early settlers. Northland’s largest undercover attraction with over 4500sq metres of exhibits that tell stories unlike any other.

A perfect day out for the family At Matakohe, just off SH12 on the Twin Coast Highway. Approximately 90 minutes north of Auckland. Clean restrooms / facilities & Information Centre on-site. Open everyday 9am-5pm except Christmas Day.

5 Church Road, Matakohe, Northland Website: • Phone 09 431 7417

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Activities From boardwalks to bushwalks, along coastlines, ridgelines and riverbanks, visitors of all ages, and fitness and ability levels, can access some great natural environments for free. If you need something steady underfoot, Omaha offers a boardwalk behind the dunes starting from the surf club and Snells Beach has a paved walk running along most of its length, while Warkworth’s riverside is an easy stroll staying close to the village.

Auckland’s regional parks, yours to explore. With 543km of walking and tramping tracks, 182km of pristine coastline, 35 campsites and 18 bach escapes spread across 25 stunning parks, the choices of things to do in Auckland’s regional parks are endless. Whether you’re into swimming, fishing, tramping, hiking, mountain biking, orienteering, camping or simply relaxing, make sure you plan a visit to a regional park soon!

Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit

Action adventures can be found from the saddle of your mountain bike or on horseback with experienced operators offering access to riders of a range of abilities, tying in local scenery and attractions and accommodation options, whether they be farm and forest views, ancient pa sites at Pakiri or the Matakana Farmers’ Market.

New Zealand’s only

27 Ti Point Rd


Phone 09 4226021 Tuataras Exotic Lizards OPEN DAILY New Zealand Lizards 10a.m to 5p.m Chameleons Adults $20 Schoolchildren $10 Tortoises Family Pass 2 adults 2 schoolchildren $50 Alligators

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Minnies Country Store

Castle Court Motel SH1, WELLSFORD • Ph 09 423 7705 Email:

FREEPHONE 0800 004 718

Second Hand & New Furniture | China | Linen Layby Available | Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm 3 Station Road, Wellsford | Phone 423 7845

• 11 modern quality s/c ground level units • Private hot spa pool & sauna • Country garden setting • Complimentary wireless internet • Close to cafes/restaurants • Maps/tourism info available

Beef • Pork • Lamb • Chicken • Vegetarian Small, Medium & Large


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187 Rodney Street, Wellsford

Your hair, beauty & wellbeing specialists Book today! Phone 09 423 7878

Open 7days 11am-9pm • 144 Rodney street, Wellsford Phone orders welcome 09 423 8646

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Mangawhai watch this space

The Complete Hair & Beauty Experience Cut, Colour & Styling Specialists Beauty Therapy Services Book now on : 09 431 4981 or visit us at: Shop 8, 7 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads

Decades of planning and fundraising by the Mangawhai Historical Society will come to fruition possibly in late 2013 when Mangawhai hopes to open its new museum. Located on the corner of Molesworth Drive and Thelma Street, at the northern end of the causeway, which links Mangawhai Village with Mangawhai Heads, the theme of the new museum is the Mangawhai Harbour. With significant input and encouragement from Te Papa and Destination Northland, and drawing on early settler and Maori material, it will tell the natural history, conservation and holiday stories of Mangawhai. There will also be a dedicated area providing access to family histories and genealogy. A feature of the building is its stingray-inspired roof.

kaiwaka gourmet purveyors of fine crafted cheeses

very indian. very authentic

INDIAN TAKEAWAYS Gluten free food Serving time: 11:30am - late (7 days) 7 Wood street

Shop 2, Mangawhai Heads

09 431 3132

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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 •


Remember, it’s not officially a picnic unless there’s sand in the sandwiches, ants in the basket, a drink is spilt over Grandpa and at least one small child falls off the swing, out of a tree or into the water.

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THE ARTS FACTORY - Featuring Kerry Strongman’s Studio WELLSFORD

Bright Green and Black Factory Complex, SH1, Te Hana, Wellsford

PO Box 222, Wellsford 0940 Northland, NZ

Phone 64 9 423 8069 Mobile 027 692 3381 (no txts or messages please)

Email Website

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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Waipu Waipu’s Grand Pageant was first held in 2003 to mark the 150th anniversary of the township’s founding in 1853. The outdoor spectacle was so successful the community decided to repeat the event 10 years later – in 2013. The pageant celebrates the extraordinary story of Scottish highlanders who,forced out of their homes during the ‘Clearances’ of the early 19th century, sailed to Nova Scotia, and later New Zealand, in search of a better life. The southern exodus was led by the aging Reverent Norman McLeod. Two outdoor evening performances will be staged on The Glebe, by the Waihoihoi River, near where the first landings took place, on January 11 and 12. The natural amphitheatre venue has capacity for up to about 4000 people. Info: Facilities: • Self contained cabins • On-site caravans • Tent and powered sites • Kids playground • Wheelchair access • Dump station/guests only • TV/IAC/Games room • Guest Laundry facilities • Shop • Kitchen facilities

Your Hosts: Ian & Maree Thompson 41 Black Swamp Road, Mangawhai ph/fax 09 431 4825 email

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Information in case things go wrong TRAVEL TIP

If disaster strikes — and it probably will somewhere on your travels — relax. Remember: It’s all part of the adventure and will make for a great story later.

Medical, fire, police or search and rescue emergency call 111 Medical centres Animal emergencies • Clinics are located in Warkworth, Wellsford, Matakana, Snells Beach, Mangawhai, Maungaturoto and Paparoa. See phone book for details. • Coast to Coast Health offers a 24/7 after hours urgent service 423 8086 • Healthline (for free advice and information) 0800 611 116 • National Poisons Centre 0800 76 47 66

• Warkworth Veterinary Clinic 09 425 8244 • Wellsford Vets 09 423 8008 • Native wildlife 0800 36 24 68

Vehicle breakdowns

Many visitor venues offer wifi, but internet is also available at the iSITE in Warkworth and at public libraries.

Mobile mechanic, John Young 425 7781 or 0274 828 293


Marine emergency phone 111 or 09 3031303 (500 from a mobile)


Banks are located in Warkworth and Wellsford, and are open from 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.


LPG BOTTLE FILLING Have your own bottles filled and only pay for what you need!

Mahurangi Sheetmetals Ltd

69 Woodcocks Road, Warkworth Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm, Sat 8am-12noon

Phone 09 425 7855

Tourist information • Warkworth iSITE, Baxter St (by town clock) • Kaiwaka, next to the Kauri Café on SHI • Mangawhai, Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads

RODNEY BUDGET RENTALS cars • station wagons • light trucks • 4x4

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• Long term or Short term • Unlimited Kms • Full Insurance • No Deposits • Long Term Hire Discount • 24 Hour Pick-up and Delivery

Servicing from Waiwera to Mangawhai


22 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth, Rodney • Ph: 09 425 9797 Email:

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Directory of advertisers accommodation Jack Boots Snells Beach Motel Pakiri Holiday Park Castle Court Motel Riverside Holiday Park


Morris & James Pottery Hospice mARTakana Learn to Mosaic Great Summer Art Exhibition The Arts Factory


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Warkworth RSA 4 Honey Centre 4 Queen St Cnr Café 8 Ginger Café 9 Cider Shed Café 12 Top of Dome Café 12 Mahurangi River Winery 13 The Vintry 15 Matakana Farmers Market 15 Oob 16 Charlies Gelato Garden 18 Nick’s Market Place 18 OBV Omaha Bay Vineyard 20 Omaha Beach Superette 20 Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture 21 Café Sandspit 25 Ready Roasts 29

Madly Indian 30 Kaiwaka Cheese Shop 30 Ascension Wine Estate 35 Plume Vineyard Restaurant back page

The Kauri Museum Auckland Regional Parks Ti Point Reptile Park Waipu Grand Pageant



Sheer Bliss Love Nails XS Cuts Soul Hair & Devine Beauty Secretz Hair & Beauty


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Waiwera Thermal Resort & Spa 5 K2K Kaipara Walk 5 Warkworth Tours 7 Horse Riding Warkworth 9 Sheepworld 12 Warkworth Golf Club 13 Matakana Cinemas 17 Matakana Bicycle Hire 17 Hospice mARTakana 20 Brick Bay Wines & Sculpture Park 21 Mahurangi Marine 23 Sandspit Fishing Charter 23 Goat Island Dive 24 Fish HQ 24 Pakiri Beach Horse Rides 25 Great Summer Art Exhibition 25 Albertland Heritage Centre 26 Waipu Museum 26 Warkworth & District Museum 27

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Hunting & Fishing 6 Beachhouse Living 7 Katya Maker 9 Intimate Apparel 11 F.B. Warren Jeweller 11 Gaby’s 11 Frog Pool Farm 13 Matakana Village 14 Damask 14 Morris & James Pottery 15 River Nile Linens 16 Collectibles Trail 19 989 Matakana Road 22 Learn to Mosaic 22 Pop Up Shop & Kidz Mata 22 Parasoul 23 Minnie’s Country Store 29


Warkworth Tours 7 Warkworth Car & Truck Rentals 7 Warkworth Taxi & Mini Bus 8 Kowhai Laundry 9 Matakana Marine 19 Rodney Budget Rentals 33 Mahurangi Sheetmetals (gas bottles) 33

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Supported by JamesRAy Multi award winning country rock artist




480 Matakana Road, Matakana Tickets from the winery and or 09 422-9601 ext 2 ($5 booking fees applies for phone bookings only)

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Plume, the vineyard restaurant, a 'must visit' destination on any Matakana wine or food journey and the perfect setting for that special day!

Plume, a 2011 & 2012


"Cellar door tastings and delicious French-themed fare"

recommended New Zealand restaurant

Cuisine Magazine.

For current opening hours please call or visit 49a Sharp Road, Matakana Telephone: 09 422 7915

Plume, proudly the house of wine from

Destination North Auckland 2013