Photo courtesy of Sawmill Brewery
Surrounded by the rolling pastures of the Matakana region north of Auckland, the rustic ambience of this craft brewery belies the subtle sophistication of the food and drinks on offer. The attached Smoko Room restaurant turns out excellent shared plates with a global spin—try the turmeric-spiced goat hummus with cumin flatbreads—and the canny brewers are forever making interesting seasonal beers to complement Sawmill's core range. Standout pints include a citrusy pale ale and a crisp lager showcasing zesty New Zealand hops (the tasting tray of five brews is the best option for curious traveling beer fans). Save room for dessert: an ice-cream sandwich fusing New Zealand's signature ANZAC cookie with salted-caramel gelato.
By Brett Atkinson, AFAR Local Expert
1004 Leigh Rd, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
+64 9-422 6555
Sun 12pm - 9pm
Wed - Sat 12pm - 10pm