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With its warm climate, vast coastline of sweeping beaches and beautiful bays, this “Mediterranean of the South Pacific” also boasts production of a wide range of tropical fruits, guavas, loquats, bananas, passionfruit, pineapples, figs, mandarins, fresh vegetables and New Zealand’s largest avocado plantations.

There is oyster, mussel, paua and fish farming, game fishing and a vibrant fishing industry alongside dairy, sheep and beef farms. Farmer’s markets throughout the region offer a range of produce, much of it available in the diverse range of cafes and restaurants throughout the district.

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