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Top Choice Bakery in Fairlie

Fairlie Bakehouse

Famous for miles around and probably the top-ranking reason to stop in Fairlie, this terrific little bakery turns out exceptional pies, including the legendary salmon and bacon. On the sweet side, American doughnuts…
Top Choice Cafe in Lake Tekapo

Astro Café

This glass-walled pavilion atop Mt John has spectacular 360-degree views across the entire Mackenzie Basin – it's quite possibly one of the planet's best locations for a cafe. Tuck into bagels with local salmon or f…
Top Choice Cafe in Twizel

Shawty’s

The town centre's social hub and hottest meal ticket serves up big breakfasts, gourmet pizzas and fancy lamb racks as the sun goes down. A considerate kids' menu, cocktails, al fresco dining and occasional live musi…
Top Choice Deli in Geraldine

Talbot Forest Cheese

This little shop not only showcases the plethora of cheeses made on-site (including delicious parmesan and gruyère), it doubles as a deli with all you need for a tasty picnic.
Church in Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd

The picture window behind the altar of this pretty stone church (built in 1935) gives worshippers a distractingly divine view of the lake and mountains; needless to say, it's a firm favourite for weddings. Come earl…
Seafood in Twizel

High Country Salmon

The glacial waters of this floating fish farm, 3km from Twizel, produce mighty delicious fish, available to buy as fresh whole fillets and smoked portions. Our pick is the hot-smoked salmon, flaked into hot pasta, p…
Cafe in Twizel

Poppies Cafe

A favourite with locals, this well-run cafe serves up classic brunch faves and good coffee in the mornings, while come evening you'll find tasty curries, fresh fish and pasta dishes on the menu. Craft beer encourage…
Church in Peel Forest

St Stephen's Church

Sitting in a pretty glade right next to the general store, this gorgeous little Anglican church (1885) has a warm wooden interior and some interesting stained glass. Look for St Francis of Assisi surrounded by NZ fl…
Deli in Geraldine

Barker's of Geraldine

Putting the pickle into the Cheese & Pickle Capital is Barker's, long-standing producer of favourite fruity preserves, including raspberry jam, tamarillo chutney and cherry juice. Buy some bread and cheese and f…
Cafe in Geraldine

Verde

Down the lane beside the old post office and set in beautiful gardens, this excellent cafe is one of Geraldine's best eateries. Drop in for coffee and cake, or linger over a lazy lunch of salads, soup, sandwiches an…