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Make your way to the Matakana Farmers’ Market
Matakana, a village just north of Auckland, is home to one of the North Island’s most popular farmers’ markets. Drop by on your visit to Northland.
Artisanal foods, local delicacies and intriguing crafts are the calling card of many towns and villages across New Zealand. This gives rise to the country's flourishing collection of farmers' markets, with more than 50 taking place across both islands every week. It's one of the best places to enjoy a slice of genuine Kiwi life and pick up a delicious treat or two along the way.
Matakana, a small town just 50 minutes north of Auckland, is home to one of the most popular markets in New Zealand and is a must-visit for any foodies who find themselves exploring the enticing roads of Northland.
With over 30 boutique vineyards, olive groves and restaurants, Matakana is more than a picturesque Kiwi village (although it certainly is that) – it's a treasure trove of sumptuous wines and mouthwatering local produce.
The village is just under 70 kilometres from Auckland CBD and is situated on the route to Whangarei and the Tutukaka Coast and the many scenic beaches and coastal walkways the area is known for.
The Farmers' Market in Matakana takes place every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Matakana Square, in the middle of the village – the village is very small, you can't miss it.
The Farmers' Market was established as part of Matakana's efforts to become New Zealand's first Cittaslow (Italian for 'Slow Town') – an initiative to promote a better way of life for the town's population. As a result, the focus of the market is on a relaxed, community feel, where people come together to enjoy good produce, good company and good times.
Browse among the stalls and enjoy local fruit and vegetables, home-baked goods, breads, organic chocolate, local beers, olive oils, fresh meats, hot snacks, aromatic coffee and a whole lot more. Live music sets a relaxed atmosphere for what is guaranteed to be a most enjoyable afternoon.