Whether you find yourself in Matakana strolling through the Saturday morning markets, on your way to a surf at the beach, or taking a lazy Sunday afternoon drive, you’re probably going to need to take a pit stop for some classic Kiwi road trip fuel.
Plume Café, a refurbished character villa in the centre of Matakana village, is the perfect way to relax and grab a bite to eat in a beautiful garden setting. From big breakfasts, eggs benedict, and sweetcorn fritters, to a vegetarian winter stew and soup of the day, every dish is packed with flavour. Plus, there’s a cabinet full of baked goods, fresh sandwiches, and veggie-filled salads for those needing a quick meal for the road.
Being the sister café of Plume Restaurant, the café features the same great selection of local wine from the nearby vineyard, Runner Duck Estate. Along with barista made coffee, fresh juice, Matakana’s own kombucha, and deliciously creamy turmeric lattes with hints of vanilla and honey, there really is a drink for everyone.
Staying true to their small town vibes, the staff are genuinely attentive and welcoming, always smiling, and ready to accommodate any needs. Even despite being in the middle of the tourist hustle and bustle of town—right across from the shops, movie theatre, and eateries—the café sits above the river so is tranquil and peaceful, making it the perfect spot for families, a catch up with friends, or a quiet lunch date. If the weather’s good, be sure to take advantage of the outdoor seating, under the shade of the pergolas.
With a new high tea menu about to be launched, it’s the ideal time to take a drive to the village. Don’t forget to grab a loaf of freshly baked bread or a delicious pastry from their onsite bakery and patisserie to take a piece of Matakana home with you!
Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts
1335 Leigh Rd, Matakana