Your local organic grocer and eatery

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

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The Garden

Based in the small seaside settlement of Waitati, 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 and rich history as suppliers of certified organic food in Dunedin. We stock a wide range of organic produce sourced from local growers, and other organic products including 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

  • The Wonderful World of Fermentation

    This month at Taste Nature we have been delving into the interesting world of fermented foods. We hosted our first Taste Nature workshop, and were delighted with a sold out session where our students learnt hands on how to make kimchi and sauerkraut. Read on to learn more about fermentation and why it is so […]

  • A digital spring clean

    As winter makes way to spring, we begin to think about getting out into the garden, clearing out clutter, letting go of the old, and bringing in the new. At Taste Nature we’ve been contemplating these things, and as part of this cycle from old to new, we’ve done a bit of digital spring cleaning! We’re delighted […]

New Products

  • Bon Tampons

    We are pleased to have Bon Organic Tampons available instore. These quality-made tampons are imported from a certified organic factory in the EU. Light – Regular – Super. 100% Organic Cotton. Environmentally Friendly. NO Chemicals or Pesticides.  

  • Be Nourished

    New in store: we have three varieties of Be Nourished sauerkraut. Prepared in small batches using organic ingredients and a potent probiotic culture starter to ensure a consistent delivery of goodness. Varieties in store… Wild Out West (390 g) Ruby Perfection (390 g) Kimchi (390 g).  

  • Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter

    Fix and Fogg Peanut Butter. Two flavours available: Dark Chocolate and Smoke & Fire. Try spreading the peanut butter on toasted brioche, dolloped on pancakes or ice cream, or eat it straight off the spoon for a quick fix. $11 per jar.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday 10am-3pm

Phone: 03 474 0219  


Located at 131 High Street, Dunedin



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It is the last day of our Saturday winter brunch this weekend. It's been glorious - come along and celebrate the final days of winter with something fresh and seasonal from our menu!

It will also be the wonderful Simon's last day in the kitchen before he heads on to other adventures. :)
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