EAT – Alberta’s on Mapua Wharf

Alberta’s opens early in the mornings which is a great idea as – what with the great weather n’all – Mapua Wharf always has a sprinkling of dog walkers, cyclists, amblers and general wanderers. Stop in here for a terrific coffee (Rabbit Island Coffee Co. roasts) and one of their treats made fresh on the…

EAT – Mapua Country Store

We worked on the signage for Mapua Country Store so we’re delighted to see it standing proud and open for business! Kirsten Ammann and her team have collected a range of local products (and some from further afield) from the humble spud right up to (my personal favourite) bean-to-bar chocolate from Tony Robson-Burrell’s range. She’s…

EVENT Mapua Easter Fair 2016

   This annual fair is the largest one day event in the South Island and certainly the biggest thing in Mapua each year! Upwards of 15,000 people are reckoned to visit the Fair and it’s all organised as a school fundraiser by the parents, volunteers, children and businesses of Mapua – a huge achievement. It was…

EAT – Oh Joy! Gourmet food in Ruby Bay

Recently opened is the Ruby Bay Kitchen – run by chef, Tony Robson-Burrell and his wife, Holly.  Your dogged researchers, Neil and I, ate from their small and delicious menu last night. Highly recommended comes a light, refreshing Thai Green Curry with clean flavours and really singing with fragrant spices. Neil chose the Britain’s Best…

EAT – Jellyfish Café & Bar, Mapua Wharf

Mapua Wharf is buzzing with activity these days thanks to the four new shops that have recently opened. Hang out on the deck of one of the original restaurants here at Jellyfish Café & Bar and watch Mapua-life flow past with the tide. The sunny deck looks out onto the Wharf itself and you can keep an…

SHOP – Kete, Mapua Wharf

Kete, on Mapua Wharf in the newly opened retail spaces, have done a lot of detective work (and plenty of tastings!) to bring us an eclectic array of locally-sourced, produced and made products. I can personally vouch for the One Natural Skincare Bee Venom Cream (no bees harmed!) as I use it daily and it’s…