Dunedin’s Organic Store & Eatery

Taste Nature is a locally owned business run by Mark and Rayna Dickson. They are passionate about all things organic. They run an organic food store, eatery and kitchen which is a community hub for all things organic in Dunedin. The store, eatery and kitchen are based at 131 High Street. They also have a garden in Waitati which supplies the store, alongside produce and wholefoods from over seventy New Zealand suppliers. We have a strong ethos on minimising packaging, and this year won the “Keep Dunedin Beautiful – Waste Minimisation Award”. 

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The Garden

Situated on the Waitati River in the heart of the village, The Garden has recently been brought under the Taste Nature banner. It is run as a collaboration between Mark and Rayna Dickson of Taste Nature and Jason Ross of Habitate Nursery. We grow a range of seasonal salad mixes, greens, and culinary herbs for the store and local community.

The Store

The Grocery Store has a long history as suppliers of certified organic food in Dunedin. We’re a BioGro certified retailer and stock a wide range of organic produce from local growers alongside organic fill-your-own bulk natural wholefoods, cleaners, skincare and haircare products, many gluten-free goods, and gardening supplies.

The Kitchen

In The Kitchen we are passionate about creating vibrant and wholesome food. Here, we make a menu for our self-serve eatery, and produce a range of our own products to sell in our grocery store. We make seriously delicious breads and pizza bases, and produce a variety of artisan products such as hummus, kimchi, and preserves.

The Eatery

At The Eatery, we’ve created a space for our regular customers, local workers, and out-of-town visitors to relax and enjoy food made in our kitchen. We offer a simple menu based on seasonal primary produce and wholefoods, and a range of cakes and slices, organic teas, and fair-trade plunger coffee at our self-service eatery bar.

News + Events

  • TN - Babys First Food

    You’re invited to a seminar at Taste Nature to find out more about how to provide nourishing food for your growing baby and toddler.  Naturopath, Tracey Loughran from Flourish Naturopathy will present this in depth and practical seminar with lots of take home information, ideas and tips. Tuesday 20th September 7-8.30pm in the Taste Nature […]

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    Learn how to make these important staples for soups, sauces and nourishing foods for winter health. This practical workshop gives participants an opportunity to taste hearty organic stocks and broths made in the Taste Nature Kitchen and experience the process of making them from scratch. Recipes to take away.

  • Food First for Winter Health Seminar

    You’re invited to our Super-Immunity seminar here at Taste Nature to find out more about how to nourish and support your body this winter through healthy food and lifestyle choices. Naturopath Tracey Loughran from Flourish will present this indepth and practical seminar with lots of take-home tips to keep you well. Secure your place by […]

  • New shop layout

    Come in and check out the new shop layout. We love it and expect you will too! A hardy group of Taste Nature staff worked over Queens Birthday weekend moving stock around and onto new Lundia shelving to make more space in this beautiful Bing Harris building for our ever-increasing range of seasonal organic produce […]

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    We have a new team in the kitchen producing some wonderful fare and preserves with the bountiful seasonal produce we have in store at the moment. Kitchen menu 9-2pm Monday to Fridays and self-serve beverages and cakes during shop hours.

New Products

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    We have 2 new Pukka tea varieties to add to the glorious selection of these health promoting tonics – Blackcurrent Beauty and Elderberry & Echinacea.  Made from organic and wild harvested ingredients – and certified organic!

  • Design Juicery – cold pressed juice made with certified organic produce

    We have some exciting news! We have a trial collaboration with Dunedin – based The Design Juicery and are now stocking a sample of beautiful cold pressed juices made with Taste Nature’s fresh organic produce! Organic option only available at Taste Nature – delivered fresh on Tuesdays and Friday mornings. Check out their facebook page […]

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    Limited release of a new honey from Mountain Valley Honey in Richmond – Rata with Kamahi foraged from West Coast of South Island.  Raw and nutritious – available in 2 sizes 250g (glass) and 500g (plastic).

  • Kombucha #2

    Just in – Daily Organics Kombucha – living probiotic tonic. Two flavours – Original Premium Tea Blend and for winter, Chai Spices & Ginger.  Brewed in Matakana using wild fermentation methods.  Preservative free, unpasteurised and 100% organic – certified with BioGro.    Bottled in UV sensitive amber glass bottles – either 250ml or 1L.  

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    Just in – cream deodorants in handy 20ml purse or pocket size containers.  Three fresh flavours – Lavender, Lemoon & Bergamot or Cypress & Lemon for the menfolk.  All aluminium-free and made in sunny Nelson from organic butters and essential oils.  

Opening Hours:

Shop & Eatery Hours:
9-6pm – Mon to Fri
9-5pm – Sat
10-4pm – Sun

Kitchen Hours:
9-2pm – Mon to Fri

(The Eatery is self-service for soup, sweets and drinks when the kitchen is closed)

Ph: 03 474 0219
131 High Street, Dunedin



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Some great organic learning opportunities happening over the next 2 months:

October 15th - Farm-Scale Composting in Cromwell
For bookings and information please contact :
Su Hoskin - s.hoskin@xtra.co.nz Or Loran Verpillot - vielonat@gmail.com

Otago Organics Opportunities:
October 16th - Small Scale Chicken Workshop in Waitati
November 13th - Field Trip in Merton
Details in flyers attached - please pass onto anyone you think might be interested....
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