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Sun, 11 Jun



Trail 9

Visit Maison Aotearoa Charcuterie, LWF Rum, Planta, Bees R Us, Melva Chocolate and Black Sand Pizzeria for lunch

Trail 9
Trail 9

Time & Location

11 Jun 2023, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


About the event


Hop on a mini van with a friend or two and visit...

Maison Aotearoa Charcuterie

Bonjour lovers of fine food.  Meet Mike and Julie, who after 14 years in France including Mikes successful rugby career, have returned to NZ with their three daughters to share their finest preserved meat products with you.  They started their business, Maison Aotearoa, as they wanted to be able to share the amazing food they fell in love with and had become so accustomed to eating daily.  So, Mike signed up at L'Université de Bayonne and completed a French degree in the age-old art of preserving meat called Charcuterie.  Mike studied the centuries-old, tried, tested, and loved preserving techniques passed down from generation to generation, and worked alongside French Artisans who had over 40 years of experience.  Now back in NZ, Mike creates three flavours of exquisite Pâté and three flavours of Rillettes (a chunker type of Pâté).   You will experience the explosion of these divine flavours as you taste them on fresh artesian baked bread while touring Mike's purpose build container and hearing of the high quality ingredients, time and care he takes while creating these delicacies.

LWF Distilling - Craft NZ Rum

Born out of a passion for flavour, Janet Charteris distills, blends, barrels and bottles her rum, in what used to be a farm utility shed.  Based on the family farm in Oakura, the tranquil setting means she is often accompanied by native NZ bird song during her early morning distillations.  Janet's hard work and passion has paid off with a variety of awards for her spirits, including Silver in the London Spirits Awards!!   The LWF Distilling range includes White Rum, Rhubarb, Spiced White Rum, Feijoa and Passionfruit and a cheeky Limoncello.  Janet will love sharing these flavours with you and impart her knowledge on what the important components are in the rum production process.   You'll also learn some tips on how to create the perfect rum cocktails at home - Mojito, Pina Colada or Daiquiri anyone?


Planta, a canned drink which can be described as a cross between Kombucha and sparkling water, is made from the dried and smoked leaves of the Yerba Mate (pronounced Maa-Tay) plant.  This plant, native to South America, has been used for centuries to nourish and sustain people in their daily lives and to boost mental and physical stamina. It’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate.”  On this trail you will meet Cathi Strebinger and Isaac Drought  who have used this magical plant to create a canned fizzy drink out of a need to find the perfect drink pairing to sell at the their Oakura-based food truck called Holy Guacamole.  "We wanted to offer our customers something exotic, healthy and unique, something fun to go with the casual beachside dining experience that’s good for the soul as well as energising and refreshing".  Hear their journey of brewing from their home kitchen, the knowledge gained of food science and the production process, to where they are today - now producing the drink in three flavours; lime and Kawakawa, Passionfruit and Nectarine and Blood Orange and Hibiscus.  They will ensure you have a generous taste of each flavour while hearing their stories and soaking up their love for life and adventure.

Bees R Us

This is no ordinary bee keeping enterprise. Fiona and Stephen’s operation is a family affair that takes care of the whole process from hive to sealing the lids on the honey pots on their small piece of rural Okato land.  Hear how the family team have gone from one single hobby beehive to know managing hundreds of hives from Urenui all around the coast of Taranaki to Manaia.   Fiona will talk tell you why the processing from the hive to the pot is important to them and that the honey stays raw and authentic to every last mouthful.  You will taste the love that goes into every jar and take a look at their beautiful beeswax candles (which smell divine!) that they have added to their range.

Malva Chocolate

In the coastal village of Oākura, Bronwyn of Malva Chocolate makes stone ground chocolate and handcrafted cacao and chocolate delicacies with ethically sourced, mostly all organic natural ingredients.  Bronwyn loves working with cacao and the ritual of creating and sharing a special cacao hot chocolate.  As transparency of the cacao bean journey is vitally important, Brownyn will share with you the process she goes through and key people she uses to sauce her cacao.  It ensures the supply chain is simple, sustainable and particularly that the communities who grow the cacao bean are well looked after.   This visit truly is a treat, with a feel good story and rich yet smooth chocolate delicaticies to try.  A favourite is sure to be the Honey Caramels, which were awarded a GOLD Medal in the NZ Chocolate Awards 2022.

Lunch Venue - Black Sand Pizzeria and Bistro

Enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink as well as a traditional Napoli style pizza, while looking out to the incredible ocean views in Oakura.

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