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IN AUCKLAND’S NORTH

Localmatters Summer 2010

what to

see

what to

DO

where to

STAY

where to

eat


Hen & Chicken Islands

WAIPU WAIPU COVE

Puhoi ................................................. Page 4 

LANGS BEACH PAPAROA RUAWAI

Warkworth ...................................... Page 6 

Mangawhai Heads

BRYNDERWYN

MATAKOHE

Matakana ....................................... Page 14 

MAUNGATUROTO

Markets .......................................... Page 18 

MANGAWHAI

PAHI

Index

Leigh/Goat Island ......................... Page 20  KAIWAKA

Mangawhai/Kaiwaka .................. Page 24 

TE ARAI

Matakohe ....................................... Page 28 

TOMARATA

TINOPAI TE HANA

Advertisers Directory .................. Page 30

PAKIRI BEACH

WELLSFORD

GOAT ISLAND LEIGH

POUTO

OMAHA

MATAKANA

Kaipara Harbour

TAWHARANUI

WARKWORTH

Published by Local Matters SANDSPIT SNELLS BEACH

SOUTH HEAD

Mahurangi & Northern Matters 15 Neville Street, Warkworth, Phone 09 425 9068

Hibiscus Matters

Whangaparaoa Hall, Hibiscus Coast, Phone 09 428 4025 PUHOI

MAHURANGI

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WAIWERA


Kia ora

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www.localmatters.co.nz

When it’s time to play, it’s time to head to Auckland’s playground, just north of the tollway tunnels. Stretching from Puhoi to Mangawhai and Matakohe, and coast to coast from the Kaipara Harbour to the Hauraki Gulf, the area boasts seven stunning regional parks and New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve. It’s a boatie’s paradise with room for everyone – sailors, fishermen, divers and pleasure craft. Surfers have a multitude of beaches and breaks to choose from, and there are plenty of walking tracks, golf courses, canoe trips and horse-riding treks for those who like to make the most of the outdoors. Added to nature’s bounty is an indulgent range of galleries, museums, gardens, a sculpture park, potteries and cellar doors to visit. Preparing meals becomes a gourmet’s delight with fresh produce available from roadside stalls or one of the area’s many markets. A new outlet on the circuit is the Sunday summer wine market, in the Matakana Village, an opportunity to learn more about the innovative, often family-owned wineries in the district. Tours are available for those wanting a closer encounter with the vines and the winemakers. The area remains predominantly rural so if you veer off the beaten track, don’t be surprised to encounter sheep or cows on the road, being moved between paddocks. Just slow down, keep the blood pressure in check and relax. We can’t make visitors have a good time, but we will certainly do our best to give you a warm Mahurangi welcome ….. enjoy!

PROTECT THE BIRDS A number of endangered and threatened birds such as dotterels, fairy terns and godwits regularly visit beaches in our area. Visitors are asked to keep dogs on a leash and feet away from sensitive dunes, particularly around Omaha Spit, Pakiri, Te Arai and Mangawhai.


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Puhoi

www.puhoinz.com

For Aucklanders and visitors wanting to escape to green fields and open spaces, the answer lies at the end of the Northern Motorway toll road. The village of Puhoi (meaning slow water), just off SH1 25 minutes north of Auckland’s CBD, is quiet and friendly, and brimming with history. Founded by Bohemian settlers around 1863, the village has many landmarks to remind it of its pioneering past. Noteworthy among these is the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, the Bohemian Museum and the historic Puhoi Hotel, which has been in the Seymour family for more than 40 years. The hotel’s character and collection of memorabilia make it a ‘must-see’ for first time visitors. Along Ahuroa Road, visitors will find artisan food outlets, as well as the quaint Puhoi Cottage Tearooms, one of the oldest running tearooms in NZ. For the more energetic, there is the three-hour walk through Dunns Bush, part of the Te Araroa Walkway. The Puhoi Market is held in the heart of the village, on the last Sunday of the month. There are always a great variety of stalls ranging from a vibrant Community Stall offering local seasonal produce to fresh roasted coffee, bread, eggs, local honey, gingerbread, olive oil, smoked sausages and pork products, Puhoi Valley cheese, liquorice allsorts, handmade soaps, organic vegetable seedlings, preserves, mussel fritters, sausage sizzle and much more. Back on SH1, and just north of Puhoi, is Hungry Creek, where a thriving arts school sits behind a veil of native bush. The school regularly stages exhibitions – just look for the sign on the highway. When returning south, motorists can either take the quick route on the toll road or opt for the scenic route over Johnstone’s Hill. This will take you past Wenderholm Regional Park and the beautifully preserved Couldry House, the thermal spa town of Waiwera, Hatfields Beach and Orewa.

ANNUAL Events Farmers Market, last Sunday of the month Puhoi Pub and Village wood chopping carnival, January.


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PUHOI FARMERS MARKET Located in the heart of Historic Puhoi Village on the last Sunday of every month from 8.30am to 12.30pm

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

Come and savour fresh local produce, live music and the laid back Puhoi atmosphere.

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

New produce stalls welcome - Phone Phillippa: 09 422 0009

HONEY CAFE

Puhoi Cottage

Open 7 Days 8.30am-4.30pm

Ph 09 425 0132

TEA R OMS O

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

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

Just 40 mins North of Auckland

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.

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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Warkworth

www.warkworthnz.com

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. Rodney District Council purchased the derelict buildings in 2003, and has a management and restoration plan in place. The town’s life has always been closely interwoven with the Mahurangi River and this relationship was recently celebrated with the re-launch of the historic scow Jane Gifford. Now 101 years old, the Jane Gifford was built locally and was a regular visitor to the town early last century, carrying vital commodities as well as cattle and road metal. Now berthed permanently at the town wharf, she has a busy life ahead of her as a sail training ship and charter boat. The town has numerous attractions including the Warkworth and Districts Museum at Parry Kauri Park, the riverbank walkway, Lucy Moore Park and the Courthouse built in 1880. The magnificent Norfolk Pine in the grounds of the Warkworth Inn, in the main street, was planted in 1874 to commemorate the birth of the then-publican’s son. The iSITE in Baxter Street has copies of a Heritage Trail. Scandrett Regional Park, on the Mahurangi East Peninsula, which includes Snells Beach, Sandspit and Algies Bay, is named after the family who farmed on the land for more than 130 years. The park affords views of Kawau Island and the Hauraki Gulf, and includes a collection of farm buildings, as well as the original Scandrett Homestead. Sandspit is the stepping off point for Kawau and Mansion House, the stately home of Governor George Grey.

ANNUAL Events Warkworth Rodeo, January 1 Warkworth A&P Show, January 16&17 Kowhai Festival, October


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Ladies, Men & Childrens footwear • • • • • •

Kumfs Ecco Hushpuppies Josef Seibel Reikers Suzanne Paul Petite and many more

Faye Mathie 3 Queen Street, Warkworth

Phone 09 425 7534 r.f.mathie@xtra.co.nz

New & Recycled Women’s Clothing Boutique

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Regional Finalist, That’s Life! Chip Shop Competition 2009

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Shop 6, Riverside Arcade, Warkworth Ph: 422 2014 on

The freshest fish and the best chips.

Designer Labels Casual & Day Wear Handmade Swarovski & Fashion Jewellery


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Robyn & Garry Yates

5 Queen Street Warkworth Ph/Fax (09) 425 8342 Email: rgyates@xtra.co.nz

• Pandora • Royal Dalton Crystal • Olympic, Astina & Ice Watches Watch Repairs

Jewellery Repairs

L i c e n s e d

Engraving

C a f é

NOW OPEN for dinner

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm and still open during the day Wednesday - Sunday

10 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth

(09) 422 2555

17 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth, New Zealand Phone: 09 422 3275 • Mobile: 021 478 081 Website: www.mrsjones.co.nz • Email: showroom@mrsjones.co.nz


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In Warkworth

Free Wireless – Lovely Terrace Selected Montaditos and tapas from Spanish Cuisine. Breakfasts.

Neville Street, Warkworth

p 425 7373

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

SOFTBAIT COMBOS

Montadito means: A piece of bread with an exquisite variety of ingredients selected to get in the popular Spanish Cuisine

Riverside Arcade - 62-64 Queen Street • Warkworth

Est 1954

with braid

Starting from

LUCANUS 60 –100gm LURES

$159.99

7 colour options

ICEY–TEK

CHILLY BINS

holds ice up to a week

Starting from

$129.99

3 for

$49.99

150 & 200gm 3 for

$59.99

CROSSMAN QUEST 22 Baxter St, Warkworth Ph 09 422 2308 • Fax 09 422 2272 hunting.fishing.warkworth@igrin.co.nz

Remember to check-out upstairs

HUNTING AIR RIFLES • 1000fps • scope

$299.99


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HUGH BRADING’S WARKWORTH GALLERY

EXHIBITION

WARKWORTH & DISTRICT MUSEUM only 50 minutes drive north from Auckland

In our modern museum buildings we are proud of the constantly developing and changing displays which give you an insight into the lives and pursuits of pioneering families. We have restored the old Warkworth jail and some other small historic buildings which have been moved onto this site. From the past to the present a magnificent display of colonial history superbly presented, awaits your visit. Whether revisiting the past with friends or showing children the clothes and day to day items that grandparents used in their homes and at their work, you will enjoy your time with us.

Phone: 09 425 9280 • Website: www.hughbrading.co.nz

Pick up a map from the shop and follow the bush walks through groves of kauri and mature bush, or just rest and picnic in our beautiful park. Browse through our gift shop at your leisure. There are many souvenirs to remind you of your visit. Cold drinks and snacks are also available.

OPEN DAILY

160 Matakana Road • 1km from Warkworth

Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth p: 09 425 7093 f: 09 425 7058 e: warkworthmuseum@xtra.co.nz w: www.wwmuseum.orcon.net.nz

Open Summer 9am-4pm Winter 9am-3.30pm Admission - Reasonable Rates


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Prepare to be delighted...partake in a fine Rush coffee with a delectable selection of cakes; Find products usually found at Farmers’ markets; Source that special gift; Track down hard-to-find gourmet foods; Buy fruit & vegetables at reasonable prices; Purchase a healthy home-cooked takeaway meal; Be welcomed and appreciated for your visit.

mon - fri 8-4 • sat - sun 9-3 ph. 425 4552 20 goodall rd . snells beach

Winner in Customer Service 2009 Inaugural Manaakitanga Awards

(In Lifeway College Complex - Public welcome)

Ph 09 425 5815

Email: market.provedores@clear.net.nz www.marketprovedores.co.nz

HORSE RIDING WARKWORTH Enjoy horse riding and trekking for all ages

woven works of art ‘nothing else like it in New Zealand’ Visit NZ’s only specialist retail gallery of woven tapestries • Contemporary and traditional tapestries • French cushions and table runners • Italian art prints Gallery at historic Wilson House, 108 Wilson Rd, Warkworth (follow the signs to the Wilson Cement works ruins) 2 mins from town

P 09 425 9373 E mail@tapestrydecor.co.nz W www.tapestrydecor.co.nz Open most days 10-4pm including weekends - phone to confirm

• 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 • Disabled riders welcome • On the doorstep of Sheepworld, Matakana and Goat Island 42 Kaipara Flats Road

Email: horseriding@xtra.co.nz www.hibiscuslink.co.nz/sites/hrww

Phone 09 425 8517

Bookings essential 1 hr $35 & 2 hr $65

No eftpos or credit cards

Gift Vouchers available


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Enjoy a visit to Heron’s Flight for fine wine, great food and coffee and a moment of pleasure and rest. Open daily.

History of the Albertland settlement from 1862. Photographs including the Harold Marsh collection. Extensive family history records.

Phone 09 422 7915 café@heronsflight.co.nz

Gallery with local and visiting exhibitions.

www.heronsflight.co.nz

Open hours 1.00 - 3.00pm most days. Extended hours for groups of 10 or more. 100 metres from SH1 on Port Albert Rd, Wellsford. Ph/Fax 09 423 8181

VINEYA RD RESTAURANT & WINEMAKERS’ CENTRE

www.albertland.co.nz museum@albertland.co.nz

Wine tasting room open 11am-5pm during summer weekends/holidays and by appointment

WAIMANA POINT

Persimmons, avocados, limes and other produce available according to season

Waimana Point is situated on a 17 acre beautiful secluded point featuring panoramic sea views over Kawau Bay. The Lodge is a perfect escape for pure relaxation, small business retreats, special occasions and anniversaries.

646 Matakana Road, Matakana Phone 027 217 2588 Email: hawksnestorchard@xtra.co.nz

Gloria & Geoff Collier www.waimanapoint.co.nz • Phone 094255102 / 0272380280

Orchard & VINEYard


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Matakana

& Surrounds

www.matakanacoast.com

It seems appropriate that one of New Zealand’s most popular Farmers Markets operates in Matakana. Among the earliest settlers in the area were brothers Charles and James Matthew, sons of a Scottish Laird. They both held degrees in arboriculture and horticulture, and established NZ’s first commercial orchards and nurseries on their property in the Waiwhata Valley, near Pukematekeo. When the kauri bushmen followed with their bullock teams to clear the land for dairying and sheep, the settlement began to take shape. A school, churches, stores, a boarding house and eventually a post office were established. Before the road reached Matakana from Warkworth, the river was the town’s main link with the outside world. The Matakana Dairy Co-op Company operated for just over 60 years until its closure in 1963 and part of that building is now used as a pottery and homewares store. The Matakana Hotel operates in the old boarding house, where a collectables market is held on Saturday mornings. The best way to appreciate the village is on foot where you can take in the Brookview Teahouse, Matakana Falls, Matakana toilet block and the King George V War Memorial. Nearby are Morris & James Pottery and Tile Works, the Matakana Country Park, Omaha Beach and Whangateau Harbour. 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, the Auckland Regional Council in conjunction with the community group TOSSI have been re-introducing threatened or endangered species, including kiwi. For those inclined to quieter pursuits, 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 offer wine tasting.

ANNUAL Events Highlife Experience, Matakana Country Park, New Year’s Eve Matakana School Monster Gala, Labour Weekend in October


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Vin’try: n. 1. A place where wine is sold Three time finalists in the 2009 Manaakitanga Hospitality Awards

• Best Local Wine List • Outstanding Bar Experience • Excellence in Customer Service

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

R I V E R S I D E M ATA K A N A Modern kiwi bach style accommodation in the heart of the Matakana Wine Region Couples, Families, Corporates

Check out our website www.riversidematakana.co.nz phone 09 4230353


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art MATAKANA

Matakana House

Motel

Your hosts Denis & Marilyn Guest

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

9 Matakana Valley Rd • 09 422 7818 www.artmatakana.com

AFFORDABLE • INNOVATIVE • ECLECTIC RANGE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

MATAKANA GALLERY & DESIGN

Matakana Country Park • Leigh Rd, Matakana Ph 422 9790 • www.matakanaartgallery.com

Hyperion Heights Self contained accommodation right in the heart of Matakana Village

www.rosecottagematakana.co.nz 021 908 015

Luxury Country Cottage Matakana

3 bedroom, 3 bathroom self-contained luxury with modern kitchen and comfortable lounge Expansive views in a country setting 569 Whitmore Road, Matakana Ph 09 422 9375 www.hyperionheights.co.nz


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River Nile Linens 100% Pure Luxury Cotton Bed Linen Matakana designed and made

River Nile Linens are privileged to have the supply of Pure Egyptian Cotton sourced from one of Egypt’s finest mills. With superior quality fabric and with equally superior design plus the ‘Made in New Zealand’ branding, our bed linen is “Simply the Best”.

Buy Direct Prices Outstanding Service

Simply the best 304 Matakana Road Warkworth, New Zealand Ph 09 425 7497 info@rivernilelinens.co.nz

www.rivernilelinens.co.nz

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Markets

www.matakanacoast.com

If you like to shop the slow way, then Auckland’s north is the cornucopia you’ve been waiting for. Its country markets abound with fresh produce, mostly locally grown, and a gypsy’s caravan full of delights can be found on the makeshift trestle tables. There’s always an eye-catching range of craft and funky clothing, 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, handmade 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, apple cider and cheese guarantee that few visitors will go home empty handed. Here’s a rundown on some of the regular district markets: Puhoi Market operates on the last Sunday of the month, 8.30am-1.30pm Collectables Market, Matakana House, Saturday mornings Matakana Village Farmers Market, Saturday 8am-1pm Matakana Twilight Markets, Wednesdays from 3pm Matakana Sunday Wine Market 3pm-8pm Matakana Country Park Market, Saturday mornings Mangawhai Village market, Saturday mornings in the Old Library Hall & grounds Mangawhai Heads Market, every Sunday Mangawhai Beach & Country Market, at the Domain, occasional Sundays (until Easter). Markets are also held in Warkworth and at Port Albert. You’ve been away from the city too long when … • Five cars in a row feels like a traffic jam • You start buying clothes to match your gumboots • ‘Gone fishing’ becomes a job description • You swerve to hit a possum


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J N I DAY

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SUNDAY WINE MARKET

Matakana wines, tasty local food & great music Matakana Village at the Farmers Market

ENTRY $5

(includes souvenir glass)

3PM

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Leigh

&Goat

Island

www.leighbythesea.co.nz

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 inter-tidal 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. Alternatively, take a glass bottom boat. 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. Overlooking the reserve is the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory which is currently upgrading its facilities. The plan involves a renovation of the existing site to improve the current science facilities and the addition of an interpretive centre for locals and visitors, particularly school children. The new complex will be known as the South Pacific Centre for Marine Science and the interpretative centre is expected to open late next year. Carry on north from Goat Island and you come to a stunning piece of coastal land, overlooking Pakiri Beach, which was purchased by the Auckland Regional Council in late 2005. The 52-hectare park includes 900 metres of sandy coastal foreshore and stands of mature coastal pohutukawa trees along the dunes. A full range of facilities won’t be developed for some years, however people can access the park from the beach. The ARC purchased the land from partowner boxing champion David Tua for $10.25 million. Pakiri is a rural hamlet, with a rich farming history, well-known for its surf and horse-riding activities.

ANNUAL Events SeaWeek, March Leigh School Gala, October


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• New Zealand Lizards Phone 09 422 6021 www.reptilepark.co.nz • Exotic Lizards • Tuataras Admission: • Chameleons Adults $15 • Tortoises School children $8 Family Pass - 2 Adults 2 Children $40 • Alligators OPEN DAILY 10am to 5pm

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Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Proudly part of North Shore Hospice Trust


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“FISH HQ” Test your putting skills on our 18 Hole Course!! Great family fun!!

Fishing Adventures

The Dough Puncher Bakery

Fish Leigh and Little Barrier

Treat yourself to delicious snacks, fresh bread and coffee.

Half Day and Full Day Charters - 1 to 4 Anglers Departs from Leigh Harbour

Open from 7am 85 Omaha Flats Road, Matakana • Phone 422 9814

Phone Grant 021 261 8669 email: fishhq@xtra.co.nz

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

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

Pakiri Beach Horse Rides For more information or reservations Riding Holidays and Overnight Safaris p. 09 422 6275 e. pakirihorse@xtra.co.nz w. www.horseride-nz.co.nz

Experience Seafriends: Garden café, great coffee & food, views, terraces, unique marine aquariums, marine library, cheapest and best snorkel hire, warm safe suits, optical masks, SCUBA hire, dive tank fills, snorkel tuition, lectures, information, exhibition with large colourful posters, thousands of photos, slide shows, movie - admission FREE. Don’t miss it! Tell a friend. Help to save New Zealand’s seas.

Open daily 9am-7pm • Goat Island Road, Leigh


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Top Of The Dome Café

• Awesome Views • Awesome Food • Awesome Staff • All-Day Breakfast • Home Baking our Speciality • Drinks and Snacks after the beach a great idea • We are Licenced

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

Open 7am to 7pm (Summer months)

SHEEPWORLD CARAVAN PARK

Unique camp located 4kms north of Warkworth on SH1, in the Pink Sheep zone. Farm style bbq area, with a bush back drop and small stream and pond. Cabins, motel units, on-site caravans and tent sites. Ensuite sites for camper vans.

p. 09 425 9962 e. sheepworld@maxnet.co.nz w. www.sheepworldcaravanpark.co.nz

New Zealandʼs Sheep and Wool Centre A visit to Sheepworld just got even more fun with the opening of our brand new interactive multimedia exhibition

“Wonderful Wool – from fleece to fashion” Plus all the regular favourites: • Sheep and dog shows • Farm animals • Eco-trail • The Farmers Table café. A great family day out for all the ages whatever the weather. Open daily.

4kms north of Warkworth on SH1 Phone 425 7444 • www.sheepworldfarm.co.nz


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Mangawhai

&Kaiwaka

www.mangawhai.co.nz www.kaiwaka.co.nz

Sun worshippers need no introduction to the white sands of Mangawhai. The village has long been one of Auckland’s most popular holiday destinations and the assortment of baches that cluster around its sheltered harbour are testament to this. Every summer hundreds of visitors flock to the surf at the Heads or Te Arai, just a short drive south, or try their luck with a rod and reel. Mangawhai Heads Beach also provides access to one of the most stunning walks in the region – the 5km Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway which passes through coastal forest and nikau groves. There are plenty of man-made diversions as well – a top golf course, the recently opened Bennetts Chocolate Factory and regular markets that showcase local produce and craft. Neighbouring Waipu, just a short drive north along the coast, is the home of the famous Waipu Highland Games. Inland you’ll find Kaiwaka, the Little Town of Lights, which reached an important milestone in its history last year when it celebrated its 150th anniversary. When Europeans settled the area in 1859, they came looking for timber and gum. The river networks played an important role in moving the giant kauri logs to southern mills. Today the town is a mix of old and new, and visitors may be surprised at what they’ll discover on a wander around the township. The Kaiwaka Cheese Shop, for instance, offers more than 52 different cheeses, most of which are cut to order from the wheel. Many are organic and there are several vegetarian options. Just south of Kaiwaka, on the boundary between Auckland and Northland, lies Te Hana. This small town is being transformed by the construction of a Maori Village, due for completion in 2011. The $6 million project is providing local employment, particularly for youth, and will include a pa site, village, information centre, café and cultural centre.

ANNUAL Events Mangawhai Surf Lifesaving Carnival, January Waipu Games, January 1 Waitangi Day at Te Hana, February 6 Mangawhai Walking Weekend, March 11-14


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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 3382 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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Bennetts of Mangawhai Chocolaterie

Gelateria

clayton Bennett remy le levier • chocolates • wines • cookbooks

remo Buiso • gelato • ice cream • Sorbets

Cafe

Herb and Kitchen Garden

head chef Jen Perry • Fresh, organic summer menu • wi-Fi access

clayton Bennett • an in-progress working vegetable and herb garden

52 Moir Street • Mangawhai Village Factory and enquirieS 09 431 5500 • caFe 431 5072

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Milestone Cottages Retreat relax/restore/delight/explore MANGAWHAI/NEW ZEALAND

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

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

17th & 31st January, 14th & 28th February, 14th & 28th March

A market with a carnival atmosphere great for the whole family

A retreat situated in the middle of Mangawhai. Watch for this years programme of varied retreats including Yoga, Writing, Arts and Relaxation. For more information phone 09 431 4018 or visit www.milestonecottages.co.nz

Wine, Beer & Fish

Arts & Crafts

Baked Goods

Live Entertainment

Produce, Plants & Flowers

Clothes & Books

CAR BOOT SALE SITES AVAILABLE

& lots more stalls from local surrounding areas

Contact: Sue 0274 586 144 or Maria 09 431 2087 or 0276 944 480


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WIN A DAY TO THE MOKES with RnR Charters Ltd Call us on 09 423 7642, tell Stef the skippers name and you’re in the draw! (no email entries, see our website for full conditions)

www.aotearoasurf.co.nz

Surf School

Surfboard/Wetsuit Hire

09 43 1 5760

Call us and ask about our 3 hour Summer Holiday Special departing Mangawhai 7am, 11am & 3pm – Bookings Essential Phone Stef on 09 423 7642 or 021 954 241 rnr@rnrcharters.co.nz • www.rnrcharters.co.nz

Coastal Plant Specialists – Gift Shop and Café 198 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads Phone 09 431 4374 • www.najagarden.co.nz

KAVARNA Cafe Restaurant & Bar

Open 7 days

Mangawhai

9am till late

Great new summer menu ... indoor/outdoor dining ... the perfect spot for a cool beer or fine wine and a prime cut or a plate of chilly mussels. 7 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads • Ph 09 431 5587

Come and see us for all your gardening needs or choose from our selection of delightful giftware. We offer expert advice and service or just come and browse in our delightful garden setting and relax in the attached café. We offer a great range of: • coastal plants • flowering shrubs • climbers • natives • exotic and fruit trees • sub-tropicals • groundcovers plus a seasonal range of flower, vegetable and herb seedlings.

Garden Centre

Open 7 days – 8.30am to 5pm Join our Loyalty Club for savings


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Matakohe

www.kauri-museum.com

No visit to the mid-north would be complete without a half-day stop at The Kauri Museum, at Matakohe. Acknowledged as one of the finest museums of its kind in NZ, the facility attracts more than 85,000 visitors annually. They come to learn the story of the early settlers who arrived in the Matakohe area in the 1860s and the importance of the mighty kauri tree to the area’s development. Exhibits include exquisite kauri furniture, a dedicated kauri gum gallery, restored machinery and the world’s largest kauri slab, measuring 22.5 metres long. The Sterling Wing presents a six-room home c1900, fully furnished with original decor and life-like models dressed in period costume. A replica of the Otamatea Boarding House is one of the more recent additions, joining the replica school and an historic post office. A little stroll away on the same side of the road as the museum is Matakohe House Café and B&B Hotel, presenting first class hospitality and accommodation. Matakohe, and its neighbours Maungaturoto and Paparoa, are situated on the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour. Other places of interest include the Coates Memorial Church, a tribute to the first New Zealand-born Prime Minister Gordon Joseph Coates, who was born and raised in Matakohe. Climbing peaks, bush reserves, local beaches and the northern Wairoa River are all within easy driving distance. Picturesque Pahi sits six kilometres from Paparoa, almost encircled by tidal seawater. It is the Kauri Coast’s most popular departure for leisure fishing and regattas. Fishermen make good use of the wharf, pulling in snapper or kahawai, or netting flounder and mullet. Green lipped mussels and Pacific oysters can be collected at low tide. In the public reserve and camping ground stands the renowned Moreton Bay Fig, planted about 1850. It is reputed to be the finest specimen of its type in the world and among New Zealand’s 10 most notable trees.

ANNUAL Events Pahi Regatta, Jan/Feb Paparoa A&P Show, February 6 Kauri Museum Settlers Day, October 9


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Matakohe Top 10 Holiday Park

Great K The ling iwi Holiday in th Ree e vi e w s

NZ’s Premier Holiday Parks Picture postcard views of Harbour and Bush clad hills set in 20 acres of rural land. Rest and relax in a place where time is for everyone else. • BBQ • Park Motels • Powered Sites • Tent Sites • Internet • Family Units • Cabins • Laundry • Shop

Matakohe Top 10 Holiday Park, Church Road, Matakohe, Northland

Reservations 0800 431 6431 • Ph/Fax 09 431 6431

E: matakoheholidaypark@xtra.co.nz W: www.matakohetop10.co.nz

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Matakohe House

• Luxury accommodation • Closest to the Kauri museum • View of gardens and Harbour • Daytime café & evening meals 24 Church Road Matakohe Phone 09 4317091 Fax 09 431 6002 e-mail mathouse@extra.co.nz

Extracts from our Visitors Book MH. NSW. Aust “sumptuous food and comfort” RP. Holland “200%” J&EI. Scotland “Simply the best”


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Directory of Advertisers Accommodation

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Hyperion Heights ........................................................16 Matakana House Motel .............................................16 Matakohe House B&B Hotel & Cafe .......................29 Matakohe Top 10 Holiday Park .................................29 Milestone Cottages Retreat ......................................26 Riverside Matakana ...................................................15 Rose Cottage Matakana ............................................16 Sheepworld Caravan Park ........................................23 Waimana Point ............................................................13

Retail Glad Rags .......................................................................8 Kowhai Coast Jewellers ..............................................9 McCoy & Thomas Hunting and Fishing ...................10 Mangawhai Beach & Country Market ....................26 Matakana Village Farmers Market ..........................19 Mrs Jones ......................................................................9 Naja Garden Centre ....................................................27 Puhoi Farmers Market .................................................5 Red Letter Day .............................................................17 River Nile Linens .........................................................17 Tapestry Decor ............................................................12 Warkworth Footwear ...................................................8

Art & Craft

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Art Matakana ...............................................................16 Hugh Brading’s Warkworth Gallery .........................11 Martakana - Hospice Art Exhibition.........................21 Matakana Gallery & Design ......................................16 The Arts Factory ..........................................................25

Recreation Albertland Museum ................................................... 13 Aotearoa Surf Company ........................................... 27 Omaha Flats 18 Hole Mini Golf ................................. 22 Fish HQ - Fishing Charters ........................................ 22 Glass Bottom Boat ..................................................... 21 Horse Riding Warkworth .......................................... 12 Matakana Wine Tours ............................................... 15 Milestone Cottages Retreat ..................................... 26 Pakiri Beach Horse Rides ......................................... 22 Reubens Cruises .......................................................... 7 RnR Charters Limited ................................................. 27 SeaFriends .................................................................. 22 Sheepworld ................................................................. 23 Tapestry Decor ........................................................... 12 The Kauri Museum .................................................... 29 Ti Point Reptile Park .................................................. 21 Warkworth & Districts Museum .............................. 11 Warkworth Golf Club ................................................. 31

Food & Wine

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Ascension Wine Estate..............................Back Cover Bennetts Chocolates ..................................................26 El Montadito .................................................................10 Farmers Table ..............................................................23 Graze - The Food Destination ...................................12 Hawks Nest Orchard & Vineyard .............................13 Herons Flight Matakana ............................................13 Honey Centre & Café ....................................................5 Kaiwaka Cheese Shop ...............................................26 Kavarna Cafe, Restaurant & Bar...............................27 Mangawhai Beach & Country Market ....................26 Market Provedores .....................................................12 Matakana Village Farmers Market ..........................19 Matakohe House B&B Hotel & Café .......................29 Oceanz Seafood ............................................................8 Puhoi Cottage Tearooms ..............................................5 Puhoi Farmers Market .................................................5 Quince .............................................................................9 Sunday Wine Market, Matakana .............................19 Tahi...................................................................................8 The Dough Puncher Bakery ......................................22 The Pizza Co .................................................................10 The Vintry .....................................................................15 Top of the Dome Café .................................................23


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The Warkworth Golf Club is situated on the outskirts of the picturesque and historic town of Warkworth. An easy drive from Auckland city mostly on the new northern motorway. The 5578m course is laid out on gently rolling landscape offering all the challenges for a great game. Plenty of tree coverage and a large water feature. Visitors are always welcome. • Carts for hire • Golf shop • Cafe & bar • Online bookings available through DotGolf Become a full playing member for the coming year for only $75 per month or take advantage of our Loyalty Cards for Green Fees.

Warkworth Golf Club

Golf Road, Warkworth (3kms from Warkworth township on Matakana Road)

Phone: 09 425 8248 Email: warkworth@golf.co.nz Website: www.warkworth.nzgolf.net


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romance

“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou.”

Omar Khayyam

A delicious picnic lunch and a bottle of wine in a beautiful vineyard setting is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Ascension Wine Estate is Auckland’s ONLY winery offering couples a complete picnic lunch hamper to enjoy anywhere you like in the vineyard. Relax, indulge and reconnect with nature - and your loved one - amidst the stunning scenery of an award-winning winery. ASCENSION PICNIC HAMPERS INCLUDE: • A bottle of the Ascension wine of your choice • A substantial selection of house prepared bread, (up to $40 value). terrine, cheese, seafood, deli meats, chutney and more. • Our ‘secret list’ of romantic ‘free’ things to do in the Warkworth & Matakana region. • Handcrafted chocolates. • Special cellar door discount voucher. • Fully equipped hamper and a rug.

JUST $119 PER COUPLE!

Phone: (09) 422-9601 ext. 1 or email: restaurant@AscensionWine.co.nz TO RESERVE YOUR ROMANTIC PICNIC DATE! Only a small number of picnic lunch hampers available each day and must be reserved by phone a minimum of 2 hours in advance (or earlier to avoid disappointment). The hamper and all non-food items in the hamper remain the property of Ascension Wine Estate. If hamper is not uplifted at the time you have booked, it may be offered to another couple. If weather doesn’t permit a picnic, we’ll cancel your hamper order and reserve a table for you to dine in the restaurant from our à la carte menu instead. Simply pay for what you order. You’ll still receive our ‘secret list’ of romantic ‘free’ things to do in the area and special cellar door discount voucher.

480 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Ph (09) 422-9601 www.AscensionWine.co.nz


Long Hot Summer 2010