Listed below are the cafes, wineries and restaurants we visit regularly and highly recommend. Everyone has something quite different to offer. Be it delicious wine, food, coffee or beer.
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Enjoy a great coffee or Bloody Mary and an amazing breakfast before you head out on the trails.
We are based here. A great spot for coffee, a light breakfast, gold panning and souvenirs made in NZ.
Without a doubt our favourite burgers are made here. We recommend the Jack ‘n’ Yack (secret burger not on the menu) and smashed potatoes.
Great wines and relaxed atmosphere. Maybe play a bit of petanque while enjoying a glass of wine and cheese board.
Cargo at Waitiri is a wonderful location for the whole family with a huge outdoor grassed area to enjoy the atmosphere or let the kids run around and play
They offer their local brewed Beer and Wine tastings along with a menu of delicious cuisine to choose from.
Great spot for lovers of cheese. Enjoy a platter of cheese with wine tasting to match.
Probably our favourite family spot for a relaxed lunch. No bookings needed. The wood fired pizza, craft beers and wines go down a treat.
Gibbston Valley Winery
Great spot for a slightly more formal sit-down restaurant option. We recommend having tastings at your table, a bit more personalised. It pays to book here during the summer season as it can get quite busy.
Kinross is the must visit location for lovers of great Pinot Noir. They are the official Cellar Door for 5 local boutique wineries. Our favourite Pinot Noir is here, it’s called Wild Irishman. Their Bistro serves fresh, healthy food using seasonal produce. Enjoy a hearty or light lunch, sharing platters or something from the snack menu.
This is a beautiful spot to sit up above the Valley while you enjoy great views, great wine and great service. Platters available.
Awesome wine and great staff. The winery specialises in Pinot Noirs but also produces Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Our favourite wine here is the 2014 Pinot Noir.
Akarua and Kitchen by Artisan
Our favourite around the Lake Hayes ride. Great wine and food. Enjoy the beautiful garden setting and the historic cottage. You can’t go wrong.
A great spot to enjoy wine and food. Bookings essential. We choose their signature “Trust the Chef” menu with wine match, great way to try food and wine that you probably wouldn’t have thought to try.