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Vinbrux Bakery

Baker making bread in the kitchen at Vinbrux Bakery in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Vinbrux is home to stunning patisserie, organic German style sourdough and excellent brunch. Everything is 100% homemade by the family, often with produce from their farm, and is served in an atmosphere that’s as jovial as the food is delicious.

Whitestone Cheese Co.

Exterior view of Whitestone Cheese Co in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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After 35 years and counting, Whitestone Cheese are still seriously good cheese people and their cheeses are still handmade with what they believe to be the best raw material on earth, North Otago milk. A tour of the artisanal factory, a few samples in the café, and you’ll definitely agree.

The FishWife

Wooden board with three cooked lobster on top at the FishWife in Moeraki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Owned by a fourth-generation Moeraki fisherman, this dockside restaurant is the real deal. Snag a crayfish with chips for a meal that’s simple but supremely delicious, or go for the pāua patty which will have you renouncing beef burgers altogether. Whatever you go for, it’s all caught right here.

Tees St

Counter with woman behind at Tees St Café in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Cucina’s day time counterpart with colourful, tasty brunch plates. The huevos rancheros have been winning ‘big brekkie’ traditionalists over since 2016 and the bombolino doughnuts are the mid-day treat you deserve.

River-T Estate Wines

3 wine bottles on top of a wine barrel River-T Estate in Kurow.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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River-T Estate vineyard and tasting room has the ‘largest selection of Waitaki wine in the world’. Sit inside or amongst the rows, sip a glass and get stuck into any of their locally sourced platters.

Harbour Street Collective

Piano and seating area at Harbour Street Collective in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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With coffee, cabinet food, all day brekkie, a playground, art gallery, vintage shop and in-house sushi bar, there’s truly something for everyone. The cinnamon scrolls, for one, fly out the door every morning, so don’t wait!

Riverstone Kitchen

Bevan Smith in the gardens at Riverstone Kitchen in Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Riverstone Kitchen has been working with Waitaki producers and growing their own ingredients since day one. Their simple, seasonal approach has earned a huge following and heaps of awards, so wander the veggie gardens, enjoy a meal and stay awhile.