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 (friendly critters that like to be hand fed) as for the peaceful sculpture gardens that encourage you to linger over lunch. A short, simple menu includes a few twists (venison goulash; twice-cooked, three-cheese souffle). It’s roughly 8km from both Māpua and Motueka.