We love strawberries. They’re good as is, dipped in chocolate, infused in frozen delights, pancake’s sidekick, waffle’s sidekick, cake decorators, cake fillers, in champagne, for breakfast, for dinner, for snacking, for dessert – yes, where were we? We love strawberries.
Today we headed West of Auckland and stopped by Muriwai Beach for the morning and lunch. We got a little tan, a little sunburnt, watched the crashing waves and visited the nesting gannets.
If you’re buying at the cafe, get the Fish burgers. BYO tomato sauce or really BYO everything (we were just lazy).Phil Grieg is between Muriwai and Auckland. You get to PYO (Pick Your Own) strawberries and eat some as you go. Great for fanatics like us. It’s $7.50 on entry which is then deducted from your first kg. For those who haven’t been, strawberry plants are short and you have to search for the goodies between the leaves. There is a lot of bending involved – as compared to blueberry picking where the fruits are on trees (read our post here). No doubt there would be ice cream and yoghurt to be had. They’re incredibly photogenic. The one on the left is Regular ($4.50) and the one on the right is Supa ($5.90). You can also get Mega with sprinkles and a flake on top. We were however terribly disappointed. The yoghurt lacked strawberry flavour and the chocolate was not tasty at all. Mangere strawberry farm (picture here) is definitely far more superior and cheaper ($3.80). Mangere’s strawberries for sale are also a lot larger and sweeter than Phil’s. Phil Grieg will be great for a strawberry picking afternoon session but not quite worth going otherwise.Phil Grieg Strawberry Garden.
464 State Highway 16, Kumeu.