Bustling Matakana Village
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.