On our last Saturday in New Zealand, the clouds cleared up to reveal a fine morning, perfect for a market day. We headed 2 hours north to Matakana, famous for its Saturday Farmers Market which I absolutely adore since my days of living in Auckland. The vibe of the small town was energetic and buzzing with large crowds thronging the markets and the sweet smells of glorious food in the air. It’s hands down one of my favourite nostalgic places of New Zealand. A trip to Matakana will not be complete without some blueberry waffles to indulge in, of course.
Blueberry picking probably wasn’t quite as fun as mandarin picking but it sure was bang for your buck at $9 per kilo for fat, ripe berries that melt in your mouth unlike the puny sour ones you find in grocery stores. I wish it was much easier to go blueberry picking in Sydney but alas New Zealand beats Sydney in that respect. All in all, a fun day to be had with bellies full of blueberries to keep us contented for a while.
(Note: Although this did not take place in Sydney I’m still ticking it off the bucket list)