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Matakana Markets


We had a much deserved time away from home last weekend. We’ve been working hard on the fence, gatepainting and patio so we decided to down tools and head north.

Matakana has been on our “to go” list for a long time – it’s just over an hour from home so easily achievable for just a two night weekend with small children.

We booked a wee bach at Campbells Beach which was a beautiful spot… but we didn’t even dip our toes in the water because every time we strolled down to the beach the water was miles away across mud. The playground came in handy!

The weather didn’t disappoint… clear blue skies and hot, hot, hot!

We started Saturday morning with a 10 minute drive to the famed Matakana Markets where we sampled some delicious food and had a quick browse of the surrounding shops. I think my favourite bit was the craft markets at Cream of Matakana. Lots of vintage goodies and some lovely things in the Cream shop. I bought an old wool blanket for Master W, to “match” one we got from Andre’s Oma for Miss E.


There was also some duck watching and “quack quack”-ing. We’re all into animal sounds just now – “What does a dog say Miss E?” “Fffffff ffffff!”


We took a late afternoon drive to Tawharanui beach too – it’s beautiful, and I can’t believe I have waited 30 years to know that it’s there!

There was a go at fishing on the other side of the peninsula on the way back… alas no fish.

0214_6335Thanks for having us Matakana!