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

  • Wine Tasting with Aurum Wines

    Lucie Lawrence from Aurum Wines in Cromwell is bringing some of their lovely BioGro certified wines for us to try out this Friday evening 4-6pm in the Taste Nature Eatery. Please join us for tasting and nibbles. Everyone welcome to come along – no prior wine knowledge needed.

  • Pacific Harvest seaweed tastings in store today

    We had a lovely time seaweed tasting with Louise Fawcett from Pacific Harvest in the shop today.  Louise made some refreshing dishes of Karengo Tapenade, Avocado & Citrus Salad with Smoked Kelp and Mung Bean Sprout Detox Salad with Sea Lettuce.  She came armed with lots of useful information about these fascinating and nutritious sea […]

  • ‘Understanding Your Soil’ Seminar – 8th October

    A SEMINAR IN THE TASTE NATURE EATERY. Thursday 8 Oct 6.30-8.30pm. In this beginners workshop on understanding soil we introduce some basic soil science and recommendations for growing healthy crops. The seminar is run by Andy Barratt who is an experienced local organic small farmer. Sign up by emailing shop@tastenature.co.nz with “Soil Seminar” as the […]

  • 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 […]

New Products

  • Coconut products

    This new range of organic coconut seasonings has just arrived from Ceres – made from the sap of organic coconut flowers and naturally fermented. Coconut Aminos Seasoning – a natural ‘umami’ flavour; Coconut Balsamic Dressing, aged with tarragon leaves and Coconut Cider Vinegar, naturally aged using the ‘mother’ of the vinegar. All BioGro certified. 250 […]

  • New - 550 MG

    New – TranzAlpine Manuka Honey -550+ MG.  Numerous studies have reported the healing qualities of this level of Manuka Factor – Methylglyoxal (MG).  Independently tested and certified by Independent IANZ accredited laboratory.  A fabulous addition to the suite of TranzAlpine honeys we already carry – Rata (500g), White Clover (500g) and Manuka (100-250+MG; 250-500g).  And […]

  • Zealong 100% New Zealand Tea

    Just arrived – Zealong tea, New Zealand’s premium BioGro certified grown and processed tea from the Waikato. We have Green, Pure and Black varieties available.  Check out Zealong’s gorgeous website to learn more about how the tea is grown and the crafted fermentation and drying processes. More importantly, how to brew this beautiful tea and […]

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday 10am-3pm

Phone: 03 474 0219  

Email: shop@tastenature.co.nz

Located at 131 High Street, Dunedin



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Taste Nature salads are looking incredible today. Made this morning with all our delicious fresh and preserved organic ingredients. The photo doesn't do them justice - come in and check them out. Complementary salad if purchased with one of our stainless steel containers that you can refill again and again. This special offer till end of November. ... See MoreSee Less

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