Riverhead, New Zealand
At the Riverhead, Skate on the RangitopuniThe Riverhead restaurant, steeped in local history, was a vital part of the development of early New Zealand. Prior to being built here, the pub was parked just below where early Maori used this landing point as the place to disembark & cross land to the Kumeu River to get easier access to head North.
Located just off the Coatesville Riverhead Highway, a favorite loop road between State Highway 17 (Albany Helensville Highway) and State Highway 16, it's a perfect drive from the city with stunning scenery on the way, is even more delightful if you make a day of it and arrive by boat. (A note of caution: Check the tide times to find the best time to visit. Vessels with a draft of 1.5M (5') or more shouldn't attempt voyage to until two hours before high tide & depart before two hours after high tide. Ferries visit most days over the summer, so one option is to take that and/or follow them as they know the exact location of the channel. There is limited docking space thou no need to book to use the dock just leave space clear for the ferries.)
Fav. Dish: Skate on the Rangitopuni
Grilled skate w/kawakawa, celeriac puree, wild boar & samphire topped w/kumara shards. A tasty dish with subtle layers; the skate's unique texture, the subtle bursts of natural sea salt from the samphire and the colorful, sweet and playful kumara tops this dish while the bitter smokiness of the Taakawa beer-braised kawakawa & wild boar "grounds" this true New Zealander’s dish.