In 2002 locals Richard and Christine Didsbury purchased the old Matakana timber yard, with a vision to transform the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rural service spot into a destination village with heart. A place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy special times with family and friends.

After working with the community to establish a thriving farmers’ market, the couple invited award-winning architect Noel Lane to create a village complex that respected Matakana’s rhythm and history, while linking the main street to the largely forgotten riverside.

The result is a world-class village with small town charm, full of beautifully landscaped open spaces and gathering places for the vibrant local community.