Bustling Matakana Vil­lage

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Back in the mid-1800s Matakana was a bustling river­side vil­lage pop­u­lar with boat­builders. Steamships de­liv­ered set­tlers and their farm pro­duce from the Matakana River Wharf to Auck­land for sale, and but­ter was col­lected from the Matakana Dairy fac­tory.

Times change, and 120 years later the vil­lage was a sleepy coun­try town with a few shops, a hall, church, small meat works and a tim­ber mill.

But dur­ing the past eight years the vil­lage has re­turned to its for­mer glory with fam­i­lies mov­ing in to the area, the de­vel­op­ment of a shop­ping and cin­ema com­plex, and the pop­u­lar Satur­day Farm­ers’ Mar­ket open from 8am to 11am.

Work is con­tin­u­ing on the vil­lage’s iconic pub­lic toi­lets, pic­tured right, be­side the round­about.

The de­sign, by teenager St­ef­fan Haan, has been de­scribed as a ‘pub­lic art­work’ and a use­able sculp­ture’.

The vil­lage is about 7km from Wark­worth and there’s plenty of other at­trac­tions in the area in­clud­ing winer­ies and restau­rants, Mor­ris and James pot­tery, and Omaha Beach.

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