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Bugger this, let's get a beer.


Why not give it a go. We know there are plenty of handy cooks around Matakana so lets help make Matakana the pie capital of NZ. We have 3 adult categories (Savoury, sweet & unigue and 1 for kids under 13. The grand winner gets $100 cash and the esteemed Rex Wood memorial Trophy. Each runner up category winner receives a $50 Matakana Pub Voucher and there will be other goodies on the day. The only rules are A) If you win you have to give us a recipe and B) Have your pie heated by 4.45pm for judging to begin.  Please enter at the Bar before 12 noon on Saturday 12th.

Rugby World Cup is here

It all starts at 0700 on Saturady 19th Sept when England play Fiji in the opening match live from Twickenham, London. We will be open for several games and serving hearty breakfast food, Irish coffees, Bloody Mary's, coffee and the odd beer if you are thirsty. Keep an eye on this page and we'll have a gane schedule up soon. 

We toast the Roast

The Best Sunday Roast in the North is back for only $19.90. Try a different roast each Sunday with our Dr's Medicine Central Otago Pinot Noir. A very special wine only available at the Matakana. This Sunday its lamb.




Winter Lunch 

Grab a beautiful lunch from our new winter specials menu paired with a glass of Roaring Meg SB, Pinot Gris or Pinot Noir. All for only $25 pp. If you would prefer a beer just ask and we'll be happy to oblige. heat pumps are on and the dining room is warm and cosy. Come and settle in.



The beer selection team have come up with three aces this winter. We now have Croucher Lowrider 2.7% Pale Ale, Croucher ANZUS 7% IPA and Emersons 1812 Plae Ale on Tap. With 14 Beer taps and 40 other bottled beers and ciders in the chiller the Matakana has one of the best beer lists in Auckland.


We want you to design us a burger and we will judge the best ones and put them on the menu over the coming months. Win fame and lots of prizes by submitting your burger for judging on Sat 4th July. Entry forms at the pub or email

Details. Entries close Sat 27th June. Enter your details at the pub or email Entries $10. 3 categories Adult Meat & vegetarian and kids anything goes. You must attend judging on Sat 4th July at 4pm and submit a hot burger. You can cook at home or on our grill and assemble it just prior to judging. Good luck. An questions email



 BY YUMTUM - Drove up from Auckland today for lunch. Have been several times but I just love the feel of this pub. Food and service were excellent. Had the Matakana oysters and the mussel and leek fritta, and of course the obligatory fat chips. Could easily have settled in for the afternoon and stayed for dinner. Next time. Rating: 5 / 5


Beer of the Month - Red Bulldozer

If you haven't had a Matakana Red Bulldozer yet, drop in and sample our very own graft Pale Ale. Made in collaboration with the Sawmill Brewery this delicious Pale Ale has warm malt flavours with a fruity bitterness from American hops and fresh season Nelson Hops. This beer is not available anywhere else in NZ. Yet ..

2015 Seagull Race Fun

The 2015 Annual Charity Seagull Outboard Race & Paddleboard Race Results

1st - 9 KNOT Racing - Ramen Patel & Terrific Taea

2nd - Mean Barker Racing

3rd Lambordinghi - a quality rig


1ST - $2000 TRAVEL VOUCHER - Craig & Haidee Dowling, Matakana

2ND - VIKING FISHING KAYAK -  Ramen Patel, Matakana

3RD - METEOR GAS BBQ - Kietha MClaren, Omaha

We're on YouTube!

Watch out MTV, we're on Youtube. Click here to check out the new vid.

Very Trippy!

We're stoked to be a Trip Advisors No 1 recommended destination in Matakana. Come in and see what the fuss is about.

Sawmill Stout now on tap.
In keeping with our vision for offer beer lovers high quality craft beers from the local region and around NZ we now have the delicious and chocalatey Sawmill Stout on our craft tap. Our mates Mike and Kirsty Sutherland make 5  great beers only 10 minutes from Matakana at their boutique brewery at Leigh. We also have their 12 Guage strong lager and their Dopplebock Belgiun dark in 500 ml bottles and Pilsner is in a 330ml can. 

Matakana. Pub, Dining.

The Story

Built in 1903 in the what has become the heart of Matakana Village, The Matakana is a bit of an institution. Its been through several changes in its long life. It was built from the timber of a single kauri tree by the village post master and after his death became a boarding house for dairy factory workers. It was a restaurant of note in the 80's run by a Frenchman with a michelin star tatooed on his rump. Three farming couples and three city couples revitalised and upgraded the old girl in 2012 into a cool, relaxed and family friendly village pub. Duncan and Hannah Anderson and their partners vision is to provide a relaxed friendly environment, with fantastic service and a great selection of wines, beers and fresh food at really good value.

Settle In

Drop in for a beer, or settle in for the afternoon in our garden bar for a glass of locally-produced wine, a plate of oysters or a hand made burger. Listen to live music or dine with us and try our extensive food and drinks menu including the best steaks in the north chargrilled on our American made Montague Steak Grill.


Join our Craft Beer Group


Next meeting - This Thursday 10th Sept

This will be an offsite visit to 8 Wired's new brewery in Warkworth

Bus leave Matakana Pub at 5.40pm. Bring some cash as the bus will be about a tenner each

Brewery tour and tasting then to the Tahi Bar for a couple of ales and nibbles and back to Matakana by 8pm

Pls text Norah on 027 516 4047 to book a seat as we need to confirm the bus

Try our husband creche. Is he getting on your nerves? why not leave him with us while you shop. Free sitting, pay only for his drinks..

Wine on tap at The Matakana

The Matakana Village Pub is pursuing sustainability in all aspects of its business, there is less impact on the environmental to produce glass bottles, corks, paper labels and wine boxes. The Matakana Village Pubs ethos is about respecting the world and doing what we can to care for our environment and beverages supply chain. Minimising our carbon footprint is a key goal, so we are pleased to announce to our eco-minded guests the installation of the KeyKeg wine delivery system. This revolutionary one-way wine keg, is made of recycled plastics and eliminates both wasted road transport and fuel that would be used to return the keg to be refilled. We are thrilled to offer our guests an alternative way to drink great wine while keeping sustainability and the environment in mind. Wine from the keg is currently served on tap in the main bar giving guests the option to sample the beautiful rich Central Otago Pinot Noir that we have named “the Doctors Medicine”.

Emmersons Beer is here -The famous Emersons Beer family has come to Matakana. We have opened up a tap for Emersons Bookbinder which is a mighty amber ale and Pilsner is also now on tap. Two of the best beers in NZ in our humble opinion.


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Its hard to believe I know but the World cup kicks off in 2 weeks. We have 3 TV's at the pub and will be doing to hearty breakfast food and we are licensed to serve drinks as well. While we wont open for every minnow game the following list is our first attempt at listing the games we think you might get out of bed for. Give Duncan a call on 0211909277 if you have a special request to show a game outside this list. If nobody turns up to the very early / middle of night matches we might reconsider if we open so make sure you give us a call to confirm you want to come at watch a game. 09 4227518

Fathers Day Special - Sunday 6th Sept

James the head food guy is a Dad so he knows what spins Dad's wheels so he has put together a great Steak offer this Sunday. Any Dad dining with Family can order a 300gram sirloin steak with chips, mushroon sauce and slaw for just $20 and Duncan will chuck in a glass of beer for Dad's who are dining for free. Its a no-brainer. Book a table now 09 422 7518.

We know Dad's are embarassing but they are still bloody good blokes - isn't that right Gav ?

Happy Fridays


Look what we won!

Thanks to all our great reviewers on Tripadvisor and our hard working team. We are now the proud holders of an international certificate of excellence awarded by Tripadvisor for consistently maintaining a high standard in customer ratings for food, service and ambiance. We've been aiming for this for 3 years now and we've finally knocked the bugger off.


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Meet the team

Phil & Nick - Great Customers

Phil & Nick are this weeks customers of note - They met while tinkering with diesel motors beneath the decks of Russian mafia super yachts in the carribean and share a love of being kicked out of 20/20 cricket matches, girls with names like Porche, Mercedes and Daimond, Donkeys ? and the matakana Pub of course. Nick is an ex mahu boy and Phil hails from the slightly less prestigious Kings College of Otahuhu. They are genuine good blokes and Phil is still searching for the future ex Mrs Schofield. So if there are any Porches or Mercedes in Matakana - swing on by, Phil is in fine form.


Phil, Nick and there is a Donkey hidden somewhere I believe

Phil & Nick

Hey Dog - Meet Nelson 

We meet some cool customers at the Matakana but young Nelson is one of the coolest yet. Pop in one weekend and you might be lucky enough to meet him.


2015 Seagull Race Prize Giving - 12th April 2015