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“Saturday market” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Matakana Village

Matakana Village
2 Matakana Valley Road | Matakana, Auckland 0986, New Zealand
64 21959929
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Ranked #26 of 88 Attractions in Auckland
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: Matakana Village and Matakana Farmers Market, one hour from Auckland. Close enough to visit, far enough to stay. On Saturday the vibrant farmers market is a focal point for the community and its growers to meet. Produce fills the stalls - fruit and vegetables, delicious home-baking and Italian-style sausages, divine organic chocolate, fine wines and boutique olive oils, locally-brewed beer, cafes and live music. Matakana is a unique mix. Rainbow Valley Farm is a world-famous model for permaculture. You'll find a riverside gallery next to the new cinemas, the best in contemporary literature just over the road from teahouse or cafe.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Saturday market”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is a small village but one geared for the visitor. Visit on a Saturday if you want to see local produce, crowds and business; otherwise the weekdays are quieter with more time to wander, relax and people watch. A great jumping off point for the rest of the area, beaches, walks, vineyards.

Visited May 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Lovely way to spend a Saturday - or the weekend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Only 1 hour drive north of Auckland you will discover Matakana, and surrounding coast with beautiful beaches.
Matakana village is lovely. Cafe's, eateries, ice cream parlour, theatre, and gorgeous little knick knacky shops for lovely gifts and pressies for those at home.
The Saturday Farmer's Market is relatively small compared to some others I've been to in NZ (The Hastings one in Hawke's Bay in my favourite) - but it's quaint, lovely atmosphere with quality produce and Artisan products to peruse. There is lots of delicious foods to try and can stroll around taking it all in listening to the live muscians, or go and feed the eels in the stream running behind.
There is alot to do in the surrounding area - so if you fancy a nice weekend away, stay overnight or more and explore this region. There are wineries, beaches, arts and crafts.
I just love Matakana

Visited January 2013
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“You've never been to a farmer's market until you've been to Matakana!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Lunch/pancakes on a palm leaf so many different fillings, cheeses, oils, olives and breads to try hmmm. Surrounded by classy shops a cinema and with a river rinning through it - oh and musicians playing to keep everyone happy. On the main road there is the famous ice cream parlour not to be missed, lots of cafes as well. Finish your day off with a short car trip to Omaha beach!

Visited March 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“I must have missed the amazin”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Was ok over priced local mad goods most of which can be brought any where so find it not really worth the trip but a day out and close to Auckland city so a good day trip

Visited April 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Great little place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

A fantastic place to get away for a weekend. The Saturday market is small, but has a great atmosphere with live music and friendly locals. There are a few places to eat. The Pub and restaurant below the movie theatre both had fantastic food and wonderful service. Lovely walks around too. There's not a lot to do when it's raining though.

Visited June 2013
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