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, fish, 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.

Facebook: fishermanswharfcafe

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

Facebook: moxicafe

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.

Facebook: lepiceriewhakatane / lepicerielarderwhakatane

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

Facebook: juliansberryfarmandcafe

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

Facebook: blueberrycorner

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

Facebook: ohiwamacadamias