New Zealand’s actual beauty lies in its suburbs. One of such authentic splendor suburb is Matakana. New Zealand has always been a mystery of magnificence for an immigrant like me. None of the destinations have never failed to showcase the true color of its majesty. Hot sun, cold winter, cloudy, misty? The change in the weather has something better and new to offer.
On a cloudy Saturday, with no big plans ahead we headed to Matakana, a village in the district of Rodney with around an hour of travel on the scenic routes from Auckland. Dominated by the green and blue shades the travel was so pleasant for the eyes and the soul. On the way, get clicked by the toll cameras charging $2.30 which you need to pay online here. Into the tunnels, you will have to drive to the serene structure of green highlands.
With no longer drive, we reached the market around 10 am. By the time, there was no parking available near. We had to drive down the road to find a place to park. For the first time I saw such a crowd in such a suburb. By just seeing the number of cars parked I felt that the Matakana market is quiet famous seriously.
The farmer’s market has a range of products from jewelry, clothing and accessories to vintage collectibles. Matakana farmers’ market just beside Matakana market has fresh produces from farms, homemade produces, preserves, baked goodies, cheese varieties, eatables, barbecued sausages, corns, fritters and much more. And not to forget the freshly brewed coffee and the perfect ambiance along the water stream with live music. What more you need! Head to Matakana and the feel the air.
Must know facts about Matakana village Farmers’ market:
- Market opening hours between 8 am – 1 pm on almost every Saturday.
- Free parking available.
- Arrive as early as possible, so that you will find a place near the market for parking and you will have all the choices to buy what you wish until it gets sold out.
- Market accepts only cash. Bring cash or you need to stand in a long queue in the cash machine in the market.
- You can happily leave your dogs with the dog watchers with a little donation for an hour.
Things to do in Matakana
So, what next? Matakana is not just about the markets but has lot more to offer. Matakana’s beaches within few minutes drive from the market takes your breath away. We had not much time to visit everything but Campbells beach, Omaha beach, Buckletons beach, Baddeleys beach. It was already too much for a day. We were hungry and tired by the evening. We were forced to drive back home with a quick takeaway from Warkworth McDonalds drive thru. It was 100 times worthy visiting Matakana than sitting at home, eating full and lazing around. Every time I go out I will have the feel that I am lucky enough to live in this beautiful little part of the world. This time I felt so blessed like any other day in NZ.
For more info : visit www.visitmatakana.co.nz
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