EAT LOCAL

DELICIOUS DISCOVERIES

We're love to eat local and the mild Northland climate delivers some delicious produce, unique to this region as well as some of the first crops of the season. While we have a bit of nurturing to do before we'll be enjoying bumper harvests and bottled goodies from our own young orchard, we're keen to hunt out delicious products from local producers whenever we can.

You can sample some of our favourite finds when you book an ESCAPE with bed and provisions at the Orchard Cottage . If you want to enjoy these yummy treats at home, we'll provide information here so you can do just that...

COFFEE
MAX Coffee - we're stoked to have multi-award winning coffee producers here in Northland. Year on year they scoop up awards at the annual NZ coffee awards. You'll find their punchy Organic Blend provided with compliments at the Orchard Cottage and you can also get your hands on some through www.maxcoffee.co.nz

PRESERVES, RELISHES & SAUCES
With so many produce farmers in Northland, we're enjoying delicious local condiments.
Due North - Small batch recipes showcasing flavourful Northland produce, Pam of Due North has a wonderful range of jams, sauces and vinegars. You can buy online at http://www.duenorthfoods.co.nz
Ludbrook House Fine Foods - Steeped in history this Bay of Islands orchard produces delicious original recipe jams, preserves, condiments and cakes. You can visit their shop or buy online at http://www.finefoods.co.nz
Wild West Worcester - Producing a unique west coast Northland black sauce. Their Worcester Black Sauce is really gutsy in flavour and easily addictive! Other products include relishes and chilli sauce, buy online at www.wildwestworcester.co.nz.
Kaitaia Fire Chili Pepper Sauce - An awesome hot sauce with a great reputation. Made with chili peppers and capsicums grown in the beautiful Far North. You'll find this sauce at most supermarkets and you can find out more at www.kaitaiafire.com.
Fire Dragon Chillies - It's been a huge couple of years for Clint Meyer and his multi-award winning hot chili sauces. Coming out on top in a number of international competitions, Fire Dragon Chillies specializes in organically grown, preservative free hot sauces where chillies are the hero. Definitely worth checking out and not for the faint hearted www.firedragonchillies.co.nz

HONEY
There's an abundance of Manuka trees in the Northland region with some very passionate and experienced bee farmers.
Tahi Honey - Ethical and sustainable bee farmers producing very high quality Manuka honey and other honey blends. Located close to the Orchard Cottage on the road out to Pataua North. Their delicious Manuka and Forest honey regularly features in our provisions baskets. Read more about the Tahi story here: www.tahihoney.co.nz
Kare Honey - producers of high quality Manuka honey including 10+, 15+ and 20+ UMF activity levels. This rich and beneficial honey will often be found in our provision baskets at the Orchard Cottage. Find out more about Kare Honey here: www.kare.co.nz

CHEESE
Grinning Gecko Cheese Company is a true artisan producer dedicated to reflecting the unique taste of Northland through traditional cheese methods with certified organic milk. Yum! These cheeses are delicious and definitely worth sampling. Check them out at www.grinninggecko.co.nz
Mahoe Cheese is a boutique cheesery located in the Bay of Islands. They make a range of fresh and aged cheese. They're award winning, with their latest accolade being for the Very Old Edam. You can find out more at www.mahoecheese.co.nz.

MEAT & SMALL GOODS
Your Fresh Meat Company is a fantastic, family owned company specializing in delicious gluten and preservative free meat. The proof of their quality is all in the tasting, offering some of the best salami, bacon and sausages we've had the pleasure of sampling. Check them out online at www.yourfreshmeatcompany.co.nz

BLACK GARLIC
The Black Garlic Man - what an awesome discovery this has been! If you haven't tasted it, we definitely recommend it. Black garlic is naturally fermented and the result is a rich, sweet, caramalised addition to many dishes. Check out this treasure of the north at www.blackgarlicman.co.nz

OLIVE OIL
Echo Valley Olives - based in Mangawhai, Don and Teresa produce a delicious range of single estate, extra virgin olive oils. The cold centrifuge pressing ensures premium olive oils that taste fantastic. They also produce a honey infused balsamic reduction and wonderfully zesty vinaigrette. Check them out here www.echovalleyolives.co.nz
Taihoa Tides - Literally just 'down the road', Taihoa Tides in Parua Bay produce a delicious boutique range of olive oils. They press onsite treating the fruit with absolute care to get the best result. You can purchase direct from them at www.taihoatidesoliveoil.co.nz
Evergreen Olives - this boutique olive grove produces organic, single estate extra virgin olive oil and it is delicious! We particularly love their lemon infused oil which we use a lot in salad dressings. You can get their products at www.evergreenolives.co.nz

ALCOHOL
Sovrano Limoncello - These producers have taken the world by storm with their internationally multi-award winning Limoncello. They truly make a divine drop! Drink chilled on it's own or use in cooking and desserts.
Te Whai Bay Wines - From boutique vineyard at on a hillside terrace in the Mangawhai wine region, the selection of Te Whai Bay wines are produced. During summer we particularly like their Pinot Gris and Rose. You can find out more about their range, cellar door hours and live music events on their website www.tewhaibaywines.co.nz.
Marsden Estate - Located in Kerikeri, Marsden Estate is 10 acre winery producing a diverse range of excellent wines. Winemaker Rod MacIver also makes wine for a number of smaller vineyards in the area and Marsden wines regularly receive awards and their lovely restaurant is a great way to enjoy their offering. See more here www.marsdenestate.co.nz.
EATING OUT - OUR FAVOURITE SPOTS

DOWN THE ROAD - 10 MINUTE DRIVE

Parua Bay Tavern - A historic pub right on the water. Good fare at great prices, friendly staff and a favourite for locals all over Whangarei.

Good Food - A great little bakery and deli tucked away in the Parua Bay village shops. Specialising in local, organic food they have a changing array of salads, fresh baked bread, good coffee and plenty of other treats.

New Day Café - Good coffee and yummy food with fresh ingredients and gluten free options. Located in Parua Bay village.

The Deck - A great café in Whangarei Heads, on the way to Ocean Beach. Menu and fresh cabinet choices and really good ice creams.

IN TOWN - 15 MINUTE DRIVE

La Famila - Artisan café and deli cooking up outstanding pizzas and delicious meals. open for breakfast and lunches, Tuesday to Sunday. Fully licensed and well worth a visit.

Fat Camel - Israeli Café, delicious traditional Israeli food, great prices and good coffee. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days.

Nectar Café - A warm and inviting café offering a great daytime menu with a focus on organic ingredients and plenty of gluten free, vegan and dairy free options.

Deluca Café - A great little café with excellent coffee and a tasty range of fresh salads, sandwiches and baking.

Quail Café - Set amongst the lovely Subtropical Quarry Gardens. Great food, coffee and delicious sweet treats made fresh each day.

The Quay - An awesome location right on the water in the Town Basin. A great seasonal menu with local ingredients to complement the surroundings.

Suk Jai Thai - Excellent authentic Thai food with pleasant and efficient service. Dine in or take out, open for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday and dinner 7 days.

UP THE COAST - 30 MINUTE DRIVE

Schnapper Rock - Tutukaka Marina, lovely fresh seafood and yummy local produce. Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.