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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Bakery
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“Because...?? Why not the best pies in all of NZ not to mention the cakes and ohhh the coffee and frappes.. this place is seriously addictive ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Mt Hutt ski field is an hours drive from Rakaia, with a magnificent view of the Canterbury plains, a cafe, restaurant, ski hire and small shop, and great skiing.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“A tasty spot with a fantastic atmosphere, great pizzas and a fantastic drinks menu. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Lodging
“A Picturesque golf resort plus restaurant, bar and spa. Nice walks. Driving range and soak in the view!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Best kept secret for superb skiing in the Mackenzie district - and the entrance to the skifield access road is just 10 minutes drive along SH8. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Awesome skiing and only an hour and a half from Christchurch city. Opening on 8th June 2018: www.nzski.com/mt-hutt ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“Set in a beautiful 'old english garden'. Has great coffee and food selection.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cinema
“step back in time in our iconic little cinema. Up to date films served snuggled up on sofas - an experience indeed!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“Good meal have a variety of foods pizzas roast you name it , good beer and a lovley outside area on a nice day ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Stroneschrubie Restaurant offers lovely meals with a choice of Bistro or fine dining. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Great cafe spot in Methven with great atmosphere created by Maria and her staff. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Ski Area
“60mins from River Retreat. A popular Ski field that provides some of the best snow conditons for skiers and snowboarders. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The last biggest supermarket between Geraldine and Lake Tekapo. Great food, wine and boutique beer selection. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Changed to 'The Dubliner', this is the place for live music and a great craic”
  • 4 locals recommend