On the way we stopped at our favourite cafe in the area The River Cottage Cafe (latterly the Brown Sugar Cafe). Tom, the resident cafe cat tried twice to steal part of my husband's danish pastry. Ever indulgent, I fed him the froth off my cappucino to distract him.
The other advantage of heading to the Horowhenua region is that it is the "vegetable basket" of the N. Island. This monstrous broccoli weighed 2.1kg AFTER its outer leaves and stalk were removed. Anyone got any recipes for broccoli?