12 Hours in Timaru
77 Art + Living
Fairlie might not be the first town that comes to mind when thinking of wonderful independent galleries across the motu, but 77 Art + Living is here to change that.
Arthur Street Kitchen
Renowned for its delicious breakfast and lunch menu, plus house-made baking and hearty salads, Arthur Street Kitchen takes pride in producing as much as possible on their premises.
Quite possibly the most scenic spot for a flat white in Aotearoa, Astro Café is a coffee shop experience not to be missed when visiting the Mackenzie region.
Barker's Foodstore & Eatery
Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery sits in a stunning setting on the banks of the Waihi River in the heart of Geraldine.
Bay Hill Books
There is something quite special about stumbling across small, independent booksellers. Bay Hill Books, in the heart of Timaru, is most definitely one of those petite treasure troves for literature lovers.
Black & Co
Black & Co is located in the south end of Timaru’s CBD and focuses on quality fashion pieces for men and women, luxurious homewares and unique jewellery, the store is a must-visit.
Blue Lake Eatery & Bar
Blue Lake Eatery & Bar boasts a menu that’s heavily influenced by the seasons and local produce - and with a French twist on Kiwi classics - think beef cheeks marinated in red wine or hot goat cheese salad with local Mackenzie honey.
Café Verde in Geraldine is known for its luscious garden setting and outstanding food. Located in an old phone-exchange building, this is the local café-goers meeting spot where generations of friends and family come together over a cuppa.
Carnegie's Restaurant & Bar
Set in a stunning, historical building that was originally built as a Carnegie library in the early 1900s, Carnegie's Restaurant & Bar is a true Mackenzie destination in...
Dark Sky Diner
Lakefront location, intimate interiors and compelling cuisine make Dark Sky Diner the ultimate Lake Tekapo dining destination.
What began as a tiny family business with a team of four thirteen years ago, has grown to be one of the best known and most awarded pie-shops in the country – Fairlie Bakehouse.
Farm Barn Café
If there was ever a perfect stop to make when on the road with the family, Farm Barn Café on top of Mount Michael in the heart of Mackenzie District is it.
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Geraldine Cheese Company
Geraldine Cheese Co. handcrafts small-batch cheese varieties in its petite factory in the heart of Geraldine town centre.
If a unique, cosy atmosphere, regular live music and a great selection of beverages sound like your kind of bar, then Hector Black’s is a must-visit.
Humdinger Gin Distillery
There’s a sense of discovery when walking down the alleyway off the main street in Geraldine to a former garage workshop, which has been refurbished to house the...
Hydro Café & Twizel Bookshop
Hydro Café has been keeping the good people of Twizel well hydrated for nearly a decade.
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Matilda & The Metalman
Matilda & The Metalman sits neatly in a large corner shop space on Fairlie’s main street.
Ministry of Works
Ministry of Works is the social go-to for both Twizel residents and visitors alike.
Mint Folk & Co
Perhaps the most visually appealing cafe in the Mackenzie region, Mint Folk & Co is all about great food, great aesthetic and great service.
Petronella's Gallery and Bookstore
Lake Tekapo’s only independent bookstore, Petronella’s Gallery and Bookstore, offers a sanctuary for both book and art lovers.
If you find yourself craving a night of teppanyaki and whisky while in Timaru, point your nose to Saikou.
Ship Hop Brewing
Timaru’s only microbrewery, Ship Hop Brewing, is a gem awaiting discovery.
The Silverstream Hotel, a historical country pub in Kimbell, is an iconic Mackenzie region destination.
Susan Badcock Gallery & The Mailroom
Explore this unconventional gallery space where contemporary artworks by Susan Badcock and the wider creative Badcock family are showcased alongside other New Zealand artists.
Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre
Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre in Timaru offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience and learn about the ancient Māori practice of rock art.
The Greedy Cow Café
This sunny corner store café in the heart of Lake Tekapo is a must stop whether you are just passing through or in town for longer.
The Little Red Fox
The Little Red Fox is a contemporary fashion store located in the Mackenzie country town of Fairlie. Housed in a high ceilinged, stone-clad building in the centre of town, natural tones and raw wood beams set the scene for a pleasurable browsing experience.
Ask a Timaru local where to eat in town and chances are they will point you in the direction of The Oxford.
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The Running Duck
Stepping inside the Running Duck café in the heart of Geraldine is like stepping inside a proper kiwi bach, albeit with great coffee on tap.
The Yellow Door Café
One of the latest additions to Timaru’s café scene, The Yellow Door at the high end of Stafford Street is hard to miss.
Part museum, part second hand and vintage store, part coffee cart and real fruit ice cream trailer – there is so much to explore at Three Creeks.
York St Gallery of Fine Art
Creatives of Canterbury rejoice—York Street Gallery of Fine Art in Timaru is here to satisfy your art cravings.
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