Great Barrier or Aotea is 90 kilometres north of Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. Just 850 people live here permanently, in an
area half the size of Auckland City. Adam McMonagle and his girlfriend Vanessa
Reed run the Wild Rose Café in Tryphena, the largest town on the Barrier. It’s
a pretty spot just a few metres from the sea.
When Julie visits, the Barrier Bloke competition is underway, with each business on the island sponsoring a burly
competitor who must spend a day competing in a series of outrageous challenges
in order to be named the ultimate Barrier Bloke. It’s a major fundraising event for Mulberry Grove Primary School, and Julie does
some baking to take along to the fundraiser, as well as judging a tea-making
and cake decorating challenge.
See Wild Rose Cafe's signature dish here