Mahurangi Oyster Farm Tour

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Say hello to my little friends – plump, delicious, natural Mahurangi Oysters. Love them or hate them, oysters are a highly sought-after and valuable delicacy, and high-quality one’s worthy of 5-star restaurants are even more in demand. Luckily for visitors to the Matakana Coast, the Mahurangi river produces some of the best-tasting oysters on the planet.

For the past 25 years marine biologist Andrew Hay has been farming Pacific oysters in the Mahurangi river. With wife Lisa’s help, Mahurangi Oysters are delivered to some of the most reputable restaurants in New Zealand and the Pacific Rim within 24 hours of being harvested out of the Mahurangi river.

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The newest venture for the family-run business is delivering a guided tour of one of their oyster farms on the Mahurangi river. Mahurangi Oysters runs one of five oyster farm tours in the world, and the only oyster farm tour in New Zealand. Junction staff were lucky enough to be invited along on one of them.

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Once our team was on board, fresh bread and oyster mousse provided the perfect starter as an oyster-shucking demonstration was given. Then came the main event – plenty of condiments and dozens of freshly harvested oysters were spread over the barge’s table, and an oyster shucking free-for-all began with little regard for friend or family – the only attention given was to the delicious spread of oysters in front of us.

This is a tour with a difference: Andrew and Lisa’s first-hand, expert knowledge, a cruise down the beautiful Mahurangi river, some local wines or beers and fresh Pacific oysters. Absolute perfection.

Need to know: Tour takes approximately two hours and is based around low tide. $95 per person. Min group 7 people or $665 for the excursion. Max group 16 people.

www.mahurangioysters.co.nz