The flavor of the oyster changes with the water it grows in. But does it even matter as all the oysters taste equally delicious? So wherever you go, the oysters will be there for you as a universal mouthwatering food. Oyster Festival Matakana is a divine opportunity to enjoy the shucking season of the region with Mahurangi’s freshest home-grown oysters.
Oyster Festival Matakana will be full of oyster dishes, local wines, craft beers, cider, and champagne to support your merry-making. There is also an oyster shucking competition running throughout the day along with a ‘Buddy Bar’ and food demonstrations. You should not miss the wine pairing from the Matakana Winegrowers Association, Shucking Classes, and local panel discussions, and more as it is one of the most joyful elements in this festival.
If you have a partner or family who is not a fan of the oysters, there will be delicacies to treat their taste buds too. You can buy and taste non-seafood items like Rosé Crafted Cakes to Ringawera Bakery, Source Kitchen, and Whitebait Fritters from Manaki Whitebait. It is a definite that food will double your fun. The boutique tepee-style village, brought in by TopKata, will have over forty seasoned producers of food, wine, beer and will be abundant in oysters. Oyster Festival Matakana has a majority of stallholders from its locality assuring that you are delivered a genuine Matakana food story.
The Oyster Festival Matakana is traditionally scheduled for the second week of the school holidays. So it will be a fun getaway or day out if you have kids in your family. The event has a long list of games for the kids to take part from silent disco, kids yoga, flax weaving flapjack making, and old school games which will keep them occupied throughout the day. The ‘Mud Kitchens’ at Oyster Festival Matakana by Made for Mischief will be a creative play-space opportunity for your kids.
To be declared. (Please check the official website https://oysterfestmatakana.co.nz/ for further details)
At the front of The Farmers Daughter 329 Omaha Flats Road, Matakana
VIP Tickets – $69.50
Adult – $34.50
Child – $10.50 (10 – 17 years)
Return Bus, City, North Shore, or Silverdale – $28.00 (The price for one bus ticket)
Omaha get on get off Bus – $5.50 (The price is only for a bus ticket for one person for a ride)
Return Local Bus, Leigh, Whanageatu, Matakana, Point Wells Warkworth, Snells Beach, Sandspit, – $21 (The given price is only for one bus ticket for one person).
There will be free parking available at the festival ground. Please consider that the main car park at The Farmers Daughter will be closed to festival-goers on the festival day.
We do not support driving after drinking alcohol. Make sure you have a sober driver to drive you home after the festival. The Oyster Festival Matakana has a range of non-alcoholic beverages available for the person who will stay sober for the drive. Instead of driving a personal vehicle to the festival, there are other transport options below.
LOCAL TRANSPORT – $21 ( per person price for a return ticket), for the local pick-ups listed below run by The Concierge Ticket can be purchased along with your general admission tickets.
WARKWORTH – pick up at Neville Street Bus Stop
SNELLS BEACH – pick up Mahurangi Carpark, Sandspit-playground car park opposite motor camp.
MATAKANA – pick up at Matakana Primary Bus Stop
POINT WELLS – pick up at Point Wells General Store
LEIGH – pick up at Leigh General Store
WHANGATEAU – pick up at Whangateau Camp Group
If you are a guest traveling from the city, you have to book your return bus ticket for $28 while booking your event admission tickets here. Pick-up and drop-off points at the CBD Ferry Building, West Lakes Girls High School Takapuna, or Silverdale Park and Ride. Mentioned below are the pick-up times:
CBD Ferry Building: 9 am
West Lakes Girls:
Silverdale Park + Ride: 9.30am