“Doors just open and I walk through them,” says Boudewijn (pronounced Bode-wayne). And many are the doors that he has passed through – musician, scientist, forestry worker, farmer, farrier, horse breaker, project manager, actor, sculptor, carver and more besides.
Mark Lewington is a mercurial chap, when it comes to the arts. He flits from the functional to the abstract, recycled sculpture to screen printing and stenciling, graphic sign writing to clothing design.
In the Whangaripo Valley, just over the hill and down the road from Matakana Village, is the whimsical property Totem Retreat, curated by professional food stylist Kate Arbuthnot and husband Dave Hassan.
Pasta-lovers on the Matakana Coast will be pleased to know there’s a new Italian eatery in town! But it’s not a traditional Italian restaurant – it’s a refitted 1966 caravan found at selected spots around the region.