Jester House

Cafe in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

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 into staples (venison burger, lavender shortbread), and there are local beers and wines. It’s 8km to Mapua or Motueka.