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

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    Christmas – New Year Holiday Hours. Usual store hours – till 4pm Christmas Eve. Closed – Christmas Day, Boxing Day & 27th December. Usual store hours – Wednesday 28th to Saturday 31st December. Closed – New Years Day, Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd January. Store is open as usual from 4th January. Kitchen is closed […]

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    Otago Organics is running a series of inspiring workshops and field-days over the next season.  The Small-Scale Chicken Design workshop was a huge success in October.  All details on future events in the flyers attached – just click onto them or contact Rayna at Taste Nature on 03 4740219 with any questions or pre-registration information….

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    Our fabulous kitchen team are producing some wonderful fare and preserves for the festive season.  Gluten-free mini Christmas cakes and mince pies – made with organic ingredients available this week.  Weekday lunch menu made with the bountiful seasonal produce daily. Kitchen menu 9-2pm Monday to Fridays and self-serve beverages and cakes during store hours.

New Products

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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).

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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 […]

  • 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.  

  • Bennetto drinking chocolate

    A favorite with our staff – made with Peruvian chocolate and crafted in Christchurch New Zealand. Just blend with steaming milk – froth and serve HOT or cool for iced chocolate milk for these very warm days. Original or Orange, Cardomom & Chilli. Fair trade certified, gluten – free and vegan.

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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Mandatory country of origin labelling.....our right to know where our food comes from. Thanks to Stefan Browning and Soil & Health for the hard work behind the scenes... ... See MoreSee Less

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This Saturday (24th) we have a flaxseed oil tasting in the shop from 10am to 1pm. This is a new product in our store from Totally Kiwi organic flax seed oil producers in Canterbury. It comes in range of flavours and is great as a drizzle on salads, roast veggies or for dipping. It's full of nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids, so come learn more about it and try different flavours! ... See MoreSee Less

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