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What's new in April & May

The big news is that the Matakana has been acquired by a new team of owners who are keen to continue to build on the great reputation of this fine establishment. Greg Lawrence is the face of the new team and he lives locally with his family so he knows how we roll in Matakana. Come in and meet Greg who is getting great support from our fantastic team.  Music plans are emerging over the next few weeks so watch this space

Fri 15th - Caroline Lekstrom - 7pm

Sat 23rd - Zhan & Sam Folk and Fun

Sat 30th - Jasper the Guitar guru

New Craft tasting Boards


Cheeky Threesome

We are thrilled to announce that Dave the chippy has done a great job of designing and building a swag of great looking beer boards

We are in the top 5

Blow me down with a feather. The Sunday Herald recently voted the Matakana one of the top 5 Beer bars in Auckland. Good to see the officials agree that we are onto something.


Zomato review - we love our customers

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 ..

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2015 Seagull race fun

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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.


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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.


We have a great selection of craft beers & ciders on tap at the mo.

  • Red Bulldozer IPA
  • Handcranked House lager
  • Sawmill Pilsner
  • Croucher Hi Rider IPA 3.4%
  • Liberty Oh Brother IPA
  • Asahi
  • Somersby Cider
  • Good George Doris Plum Cider

And coming up soon

  • Zeffer Red Apple Cider
  • Mcleods Chilli Pilsner
  • Mcleods Waipu Wheat Beer
  • 8 Wire Tropidelic Pale Ale 
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. And now in April 2016 the baton has been passed to a new group of enthusiastic owners who plan to continue the traditions of the pub with great service, yummy food and a relaxed country atmosphere.

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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 12th Nov
The November meeting will be held at the Pub and is a celebration of your favourite beers. Bring a bottle of your top beer and we will all tasted and discuss what you like about. Matt Fox - we are expecting a hefferwiesen?
Pls text Norah on 027 516 4047 to book a seat as we need to confirm the bus

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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..


CLICK HERE to see our latest menu. Seasonal Produce, sourced locally and freshly prepared. And here's the craft beer and wine list.

A big thanks


We are very lucky to have these fabulous local producers on our doorstep

The Sawmill Brewing Company

Liberty Brewing

8-Wired Brewing

Zeffer Cider Co

Ransom Wines

Takatu Lodge and Wines

Herons Flight


Matakana Oyster Co

Whangaripo Free Range Eggs

Whangaripo Buffalo Cheese Co


Leigh Fisheries Ltd

Salumeria Fontana Ltd


Matakana Farmers Market

Collectables Trail

Folding Hill Wine Company

The Matakana

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”.

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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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Quiz Ahoy - It's Back Soon

The Matakana Quiz night starts again on Wednesday 4th May with the mighty Fergus of the Glen as our quiz master. Get a team together soon and enter for free and be in to win a $40 pub voucher per week. We would love to see you there

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

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.

Contact details

Bookings - 09 422 7518
Email - or follow us on Facebook.
We're also on Youtube and instagram too! Our hashtags are #matakanavillagepub or #matakanapub

 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

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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

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12th April 2015