The best organic places to visit for Organic Week

The 9th – 15th of April is Organic Week in New Zealand – a time to give an extra big thumbs up to all of that chemical-free goodness that we produce on a daily basis here in the land of the long white cloud.

A woman holding a bowl of apples outside Harbour Co-op Lyttelton.

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink

In order to celebrate, we’ve put together a few of our favourite organic businesses in Christchurch for you to check out.

Two plates of food on a table.

Gatherings

5/2 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

These days, it can be difficult to know who is walking-the-talk when it comes to natural, well produced food but when it comes to Gatherings, you’re in safe hands. Gatherings is a true celebration of local, organic, seasonal Canterbury produce. Offering a set daily dinner menu offering five plant-based courses and the option for these to be served with a range of beautiful living wines, Gatherings is genuinely devoted to providing maximum taste and texture with minimal impact on the earth.

The entrance to Harbour Co-op Lyttelton.

Harbour Co-Op

12 London Street, Lyttelton
Christchurch & Canterbury

The Harbour Co-op in Lyttelton is a community owned co-operative working together on one common goal: to support local, organic, fair trade and wholefoods producers and make these products available to Lyttelton. It’s NZ’s second largest co-operative with over 200 members who volunteer in-store and have a say on everything that happens in the shop. From the immediate smell of wooden floors and spices, to noticing that the supplier stacking the milk in the fridge still has mud on their boots from the milking shed, this shop isn’t shy about revealing its focus on community and the environment and is well worth a visit next time you’re in Lyttelton.

A woman picking food up with tongs at BearLion cafe Christchurch.

BearLion Foods

3/78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton

New Brighton’s BearLion Foods keeps it real. Real flavour, real ingredients and real food made by real people. BearLion’s offering is free of nitrates, preservatives, white sugar and white flour making it a guaranteed real food experience that will leave you feeling energised and inspired. The menu at this favourite deli changes constantly, adjusting to what is available when but there’s always a delicious organic salad, raw slice or loaf of freshly baked organic bread to be had (that’s if it hasn’t all sold out due to popular demand). With a commitment to using organic, locally sourced, seasonal produce, BearLion makes its food with love and in return, it is loved by many.

A man holding a bowl of salad at Native Cafe Christchurch.

Native Cafe

383 Colombo St, Sydenham

A devotion to organic, seasonal and local eating is at the heart of Sydenham’s Native Cafe on Colombo Street. Every Wednesday, owner Pete Howe receives a delivery of organic produce from Spring Fed Collective which he uses to create beautiful simple breakfasts, lunches and cabinet food. There’s even a few veggies from his dad’s organic garden in the mix too (thanks dad!). On the milk front, Native uses organic milk in their baking, smoothies and coffees alongside free range eggs and free range meat. Approachable and delicious planet conscious dining at its best.

A person pouring washing liquid into a container at Piko Wholefoods Christchurch.

Piko Wholefoods

229 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central

A favourite among Christchurch foodies, Piko Wholefoods is a low profit vegetarian wholefood store specialising in certified organic and gluten free foods. Piko is committed to promoting organics and supporting a sustainable future for communities. From butter to apples to flour to shampoo, Piko has your organic needs covered. Many of Piko’s goods are sold in bulk, not only to reduce cost, but to encourage recycling of containers. On top of this, their low profit policy ensures the mark-up on organic food is kept to a minimum.