Leave the kitchen behind, and get out and enjoy a whole SUMMER OF FOOD in Whakatāne.


Air Chatham’s Sunshine and a Plate Food Festival:  23 Feb – 4 Mar 2018

Cel­e­brate the region’s boun­ti­ful pro­duce and sun­shine dur­ing this week-long fes­ti­val.

COCKTAILS TAKE FLIGHT: Take a scenic ight on Air Chatham’s icon­ic DC3, and return to cock­tails and canapés on the tar­mac.

SUNSHINE GOURMET MARKETS AT THE WHAKATĀNE HEADS RESERVE: Enjoy spec­tac­u­lar scenery, and gourmet delights from a vari­ety of food stalls. Lis­ten to great music and sip a sun­down­er by the water.

Sun­shine Gourmet Mar­kets at the Whakatāne Heads Reserve

SUNDOWN ON THE WHARF: Enjoy canapés, bub­bles and a three-course din­ner with match­ing wines, as the sun sets on the Ohi­wa Wharf.

GRAIN VERSUS GRAPE: Put your palate to the test! Enjoy five gourmet cours­es paired with wine and beer, and decide which is a bet­ter match.

BRUNCH AT TE KURA WHARE: Take a tour of New Zealand’s first cer­ti­fied liv­ing build­ing at Ngāi Tūhoe head­quar­ters, then enjoy a deli­cious brunch at the Mou Mou Kai Café.

For full details of what’s on that week, go to: SUNSHINEANDAPLATE.NZ

Local Wild Food Challenge: 3 Feb 2018

LOCAL WILD FOOD CHALLENGE: Com­peti­tors for­age, hunt, sh, and gath­er to cre­ate the best wild food dish.

Hot, cold, liq­uid, frozen, raw, mar­i­nat­ed, smoked, seared, pre­served – any­thing goes in this cel­e­bra­tion of resource­ful­ness. A fun day of demon­stra­tions and live music.


A dish from the Local Wild Food Chal­lenge

Our picks of the local cafés

FISHERMAN’S WHARF CAFÉ, OHOPE: The best set­ting in town, direct­ly over the water at Ohi­wa Wharf in Ohope. Superb food, and the sun­set is not to be missed.

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MOXI CAFÉ, OHOPE: This new kid on the block is the com­plete pack­age – great co ee, food, ser­vice, and a super cool t- out.

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L’EPICERIE, AND L’EPICERIE LARDER, WHAKATĀNE: The town’s well-known, authen­tic French café, L’Epicerie, has opened L’Epicerie Larder, a deli and café with delights direct from France. Take away for a beach pic­nic, or dine in at the new out­door court­yard.

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JULIANS BERRY FARM AND CAFÉ, RD1, WHAKATĀNE: The ide­al spot for fam­i­lies
– great food, co ee, pick your own berries, a play­ground, feed the ani­mals, and play mini-golf.

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BLUEBERRY CORNER, WHAKATĀNE: The best blue­ber­ries and home bak­ing around! Great for kids, with a play­ground and giant bounc­ing pil­low.

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OHIWA MACADAMIAS, RD2, OPOTIKI: The home of the Won­der Crack­er, and to Anne and Paul Robin, who have owned Ohi­wa Macadami­as for 20 years.

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