Corner of Buckley Ave and Hastings Crescent
Open daily 8am to 4pm
and until 9pm on Wednesdays
Phone: 950 6551
The Catalina Café is run by Wayne Jackson and Rachael Aitken, a pair of renowned café proprietors that hold a wealth of industry experience, including running successful establishments such as ‘The Black Dog’ coffee house in Matakana and the ‘Leigh Sawmill’ café. The pair is passionate about creating a hub for Hobsonville Point residents and the wider community that not only provides fresh quality food, but a place to gather and socialise.
"We want to provide our customers with fresh, healthy, affordable food and create a second home for residents", says Wayne.
“We cater for those pushed for time as well as those out for a leisurely brunch with family and friends. From the counter we have a selection of sandwiches on artisan breads, filled with free range chicken and ham, delicious cheeses and produce, all ready for roasting in our “hot presses”. There are also other items, such as Arancini, rice paper rolls, filled croissants and a variety of salads, as well as Rachael’s amazing homemade cakes, slices and pastries. To top it off there is a well stocked pie warmer with gourmet pies, pastries and homemade calzone.”
“One the menu we have a full “classic” breakfast offering with cinnamon brioche French toast, eggs Benedict, eggs on toast with a large range of sides, toasted muesli with fresh seasonal fruit and much more. We serve breakfast all day.”
“Some examples from the current lunch menu are: soup of the day (of course); a farmhouse platter of the best local meats, produce and oils; panko crumbed fresh fish fillets with paprika potatoes, salad and homemade tartare; free range chicken laksa; and organic lamb shanks on a white bean mash with rosemary port jus.”
Wayne and Rachael use certified organic and free range meats and poultry, and spray free and local produce where possible. Coffee from Matakana coffee roasters, an award winning boutique roastery, will be served and will also be available for purchase as whole beans or ground. Fantastic KeriKeri organic teas and absolutely divine aromatic total infusion teas will satisfy tea lovers and cold drinks are also available.
In winter the Catalina Café is open 7 days from 8am – 4pm. As the weather warms up, Wayne and Rachael are looking to open some evenings for dinner and live music. Moving into spring and summer a liquor license will also be in place allowing you to enjoy a lovely glass of wine, beer or bubbles in the sunshine.
A very special building
The building that now houses the Catalina Café, Hobsonville Point Information Centre and the Community Space was once the home of administrative and planning functions for the Air Force. It has been lovingly renovated with specific attention to retaining its rich character, energy and water efficiency, fibre to the door technology and environmental considerations. Vector has played a
crucial role in making the energy and fibre components happen.
Features of the building include:
- Evacuated tube solar hot water system backed up by a heat pump to generate maximum water heat.
- 2kW photovoltaic array to generate electricity.
- LED lighting.
- Integrated Lifestyle Innovation (ILI) computerised energy management and electronics control unit.
- Smart meter to provide detailed real-time information on electricity use.
- Fibre to the premises to carry digital traffic for phones, web based applications, alarm systems and EFTPOS facilities.
- Gas for cooking.
- Radiant ceiling - mounted heaters to provide an energy efficient heating solution for this environment.
- Insulation retrofitted into external café walls. (The ceiling was already very well insulated and care was taken to retain this.)
- Highly water efficient toilets.
- Rainwater reuse for toilet flushing and exterior use.
- Timber salvaged from the building was used for the construction of the café counter and tables.
- Second hand furnishings such as lampshades (refitted with energy efficient LED bulbs), kitchen fittings and furniture are used extensively.
- Low-toxicity paints and finishes are used, including Environmental Choice paints and water-based polyurethane for the reused timber floor.
- Use of concrete with recycled glass aggregate for outdoor areas.
- Worm farm composting for kitchen waste will be implemented.
- A community vegetable garden and farmers market is planned for the future.