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A new season for eating

Words + Photos Vanessa Ortynsky

Sandfly Café

En route to Milford Sound? Make sure to stop in Te Anau for one of the best breakfasts in the area. Sandfly Café (9 The Lane) is a cosy spot that serves up an excellent espresso alongside breakfasts, light meals and the best caramel slices; perfect to keep you going on your road trip. Either grab a seat outside on the lawn or head inside to enjoy the quirky interior (with free Wi-Fi, we might add). With a large selection of breakfast options from standard eggs and bacon to vegan and vegetarian dishes galore, everyone will leave satisfied.

West End Stories

The sleek West End Stories on Cambridge Terrace is our go-to for flawless breakfast and lunch options in the heart of the city. The elegant restaurant and café is favoured among nearby office workers, locals and tourists alike. With a seasonal menu that changes regularly, you’re always in store for a tasty feed. We fawn over their Mediterranean omelette, which is packed full of veges and cheese or the muesli served with berries. It’s also worth noting that the plant-filled interior here is a gorgeous space in which to recharge over an hour or two.

Gin and Raspberry

We’re not ones to say no to a trip in Wanaka, especially with the endless array of places to drink and dine. One of our favourites is Gin and Raspberry (155 Ardmore Street), where you can sip a gin and tonic with one of the best views in town. Here you can choose from more than 20 gins and a large selection of tonics and garnishes as well. To eat, choose from an array of small bites that will keep the hunger at bay.

Photo via Gin and Raspberry

Fiddler’s Green Vineyard & Bistro

Open since June and steered by head chef, Viv van den Bosch, Fiddler’s Green Vineyard & Bistro (246 Georges Rd, Amberley) is quickly becoming a Waipara Valley favourite. On the menu, expect a combination of European-inspired dishes and tasty Kiwi favourites like their market fish, which is pan-fried with ginger and served on pickled winter vegetables with a sesame seaweed topping. The French pastries are definitely worth trying as well. Then, of course, be sure to sample their selection of wines.

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