26 Mar 2010

About us

About us

Mark and Wendy spent many years traveling before settling on the Peninsula in 1982 when they bought the farm and cottage which have since become Kokopu Estate. The name Kokopu comes from the native fish which once inhabited the stream that flows through the farm.
Their two children were born on Banks Peninsula and their son, Steve now runs Vangionis Trattoria and Bar, an Italian restaurant in the town.
They grow their own vegetables and herbs for the restaurant and also make the charcuterie for it.
It has been recommended by Al Brown and Pita Mathias has also enjoyed the food there.

Our son, Steve who runs Vangionis restaurant, is also an amazing photographer. He has an exhibition on at the art gallery, Art et Fare, which is around the corner from the restaurant. This photo of a Kingfisher, mother and baby, is an example of  his wildlife and scenery photos.