45 mins drive north of Auckland, nestled among boutique vineyards and 10 mins from Omaha beach, matakana village is a great visit. Fab cafes, some unique shops and on Saturday there is a market. Market is overpriced upscale food mostly, but delivered in a rustic style, tastings of great chutneys and some local music to keep up the atmosphere. I go back all the time for the whitebait fritters. Simple but delicious. And the book shop is a treasure trove of titles for kids & adults with a comfy couch to chill & peruse.
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