Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Nelson

World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum

Nelson is the birthplace of New Zealand's most inspiring fashion show, the annual World of WearableArt Awards Show. You can see 70 or so current and past entries in this museum's several sensory-overloading gallerie…
Top Choice Museum in Blenheim

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

This exceptionally brilliant museum houses film-director Peter Jackson's collection of original and replica Great War aircraft, brought to life in a series of dioramas that depict dramatic wartime scenes, such as th…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Kaikoura

Green Dolphin

Kaikoura's consistent top-ender dishes up high-quality local produce including seafood, beef, lamb and venison, as well as seasonal flavours such as fresh tomato soup. There are lovely homemade pasta dishes, too. Th…
Top Choice Pub in Takaka

Mussel Inn

You will find one of NZ's most beloved brewery-taverns halfway between Takaka and Collingwood. The Mussel Inn is rustic NZ at its most genuine, complete with creaking timbers, a rambling beer garden with a brazier, …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Blenheim

Arbour

Located in the thick of Renwick wine country, this elegant restaurant offers ‘a taste of Marlborough’ by focusing on local produce fashioned into contemporary yet crowd-pleasing dishes. Settle in for a three-, four-…
Top Choice Cafe in Nelson

DeVille

Most of DeVille's tables lie in its sweet walled courtyard, a hidden boho oasis in the inner city and the perfect place for a meal or morning tea. The food's good and local – from fresh baking to a chorizo-burrito b…
Top Choice Cafe in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

Jester House

Long-standing Jester House is reason alone to take this coastal detour, as much for its tame eels as for the peaceful sculpture gardens that encourage you to linger over lunch. A short, simple menu puts a few twists…
Top Choice Cafe in Motueka

Toad Hall

This fantastic cafe serves smashing breakfasts, such as smoked salmon rösti, and wholesome yet decadent lunches including pork-belly burgers. The sweet outdoor space is home to live music and pizza on Friday and Sat…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Nelson

Hopgood’s

Tongue-and-groove-lined Hopgood’s is perfect for a romantic dinner or holiday treat. The food is decadent and skilfully prepared but unfussy, allowing quality local ingredients to shine. Try confit duck with sour ch…
Top Choice Deli in Blenheim

Burleigh

The humble pie rises to stratospheric heights at this fabulous deli; try the sweet pork-belly or savoury steak and blue cheese, or perhaps both. Fresh-filled baguettes, local sausage, French cheeses and great coffee…