We were fancy a steak, a big steak and were more than happy that Matakana has got its own pub, a real good pub, insiders and locals simply call it The Matakana. Arriving late we grabbed a table inside, actually the last available table, Kelvin from Riverside Matakana organised for us. We ordered beer, a pilsner from the tap and steaks. They were delivered exactly as ordered, medium and medium rare and were delicious! The Matakana is an institution and it lives up to its reputation. Whether you’ll have a beer outside or enjoying great food inside, it’s simply fun.
Breakfast at the Plume Cafe, a delicious flat white together with a sinfully sweet cake, afternoon cafe at the Black Dog, there are plenty of options in Matakana.
But if you are into something fancy, go and visit Leigh’s Sawmill Cafe, probably a 20 minutes drive from Matakana. Ten years ago we spent a night there, what an experience: they were actually closed that day but just handed over the keys and wished us to enjoy ourselves!
I wanted to listen to music and we knew they are having those fancy gigs, so we drove over. It was crowded, old and young and families celebrating grandfather’s 70th birthday, everybody was there, enjoying pizza in the garden, awaiting a great performance from Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes and we haven’t been disappointed!
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