Whitianga Day 2

The Homegrown Food Trail and Horse Riding.

 

With no improvement in the weather, today was a bit of a lay day and revolved around food… in particular the Homegrown Food Trail.
 
Cathedral Cove Macadamia Orchard
 
After getting up early to watch the sunrise from my balcony, we had a fairly slow start to the morning before heading to Cathedral Cove Macadamias for a tour of their orchard.
 
It’s a long gravel driveway to the orchard, but once there, a warm welcome awaits you. You’ll be able to pick up a self-guided map from the orchard shop and set out on your own adventure around the orchard.
 
At the shop you can purchase an array of product including the award winning Macadamia Seafood Sprinkles and my personal favourite Dark Chocolate Coated Macadamias.
 
After our tour around the orchard, we enjoyed delicious wood fired pizzas for lunch. Sue and Brian Pilkington the owners of the orchard are members of the SLOW cooking society and value locally sourced, organic and wholesome ingredients when cooking.
 
We were able to help make the bases and add our own ingredients, which I must say just added to the experience of eating wood fired pizzas.
 
Monk Street Market
 
After lunch we visited the Coromandel’s secret little treasure chest of organic goodies, Monk Street Market.
 
Found in the main shopping streets of Whitianga, they stock a full range of everyday needs but are mostly known for their wide range of cheeses.
 
Dean welcomed us into his store and invited us to taste a selection of their cheeses (settled on Camembert and a New Zealand vintage Gouda).
 
 Twin Oaks Riding Ranch
 
While it wasn’t the best weather for an afternoon horse trek, it wasn’t raining so that was good enough for us!
 
Established in 1992 this family owned and operated business provides an easy grade horse trek through native bush and fresh water streams.
 
The top of the farm provides magnificent views of Mercury Bay, Matarangi, Whangapoua and Great Barrier Island.
 
If you’re like me and not overly confident on a horse, then this trip will suit you just fine! Our tour guides Andrea and Janice made me feel very comfortable and I really enjoyed the tour.
 
 
Tonight I stayed at Marina Park Apartments while Laura spent the night at Wairua Lodge.
 
Overlooking Whitianga Marina and with the town literally at their doorstep, the contemporary designed apartments are the ideal choice to base yourself in the Coromandel.
 
I stayed in a spacious one-bedroom apartment that was fully self contained with a washing machine and dryer – great for catching up on my washing :-) 

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