Author: Tim Brewster

Double Black – Date And Orange Scone

Double Black in Albert Town has already clocked up a prodigious strike rate of photogenic cakes, lush slices and quality baking just a year after opening its doors. Having a daycare in the same building and a lot of construction in the area means a steady stream of hungry early-bird customers able to trial their offerings.  Good coffee served fast, friendly staff and breakfast goodies like the polenta cakes topped with egg, bacon and hollandaise have kept the pace up. The date and orange item generously shared by Jill and the team in the kitchen runs out pretty quickly…...

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Federal Diner Cheese Scones

Recipe thanks to Brona Parsons of the Federal Diner in Wanaka The cheese scones from Wanaka’s Federal Diner on Helwick Street compete with their equally popular date scones to be the first to go. An early outing is recommended to ensure supply. If you do miss out, or if you aren’t in Wanaka and don’t want to coat your digital device in flour, the Fed has thoughtfully put their winning recipe on a tea towel. Originally from Ireland,  Brona’s first experience cooking in a commercial kitchen was at the age of 12 in her sister’s cafe. After moving to Wanaka she started...

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South Island Itinerary: Queenstown to the Catlins via Gore

South Island Itinerary: Queenstown to the Catlins via Gore – 257 km Take care on the winding lakeside route from Queenstown to Kingston The Good South gem: The Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum in Mandeville The first hour of the journey is on a busy South Island itinerary route that shares the road with Milford Sound traffic, so please take care. However it’s a stunning drive winding above Lake Wakatipu with views across the water and the Remarkables Range as a backdrop. The glaciated moraine flats at the head of Wakatipu soon changes to the lush fertile farmland Southland is known...

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Autumn Colours In Central Otago

Autumn Colours In Central Otago Image above: Wanaka Station Park- Ants Hansen Were New Zealand’s colonial settlers a bunch of tree huggers? They certainly loved their deciduous northern plantings judging from the number of seeds they brought with them. Seeds they then sprinkled litterbug  style along riverbanks, lakeshores and roadsides for the oaks, elms, birches, poplars and willows to help remind them of home. Japanese maples and other exotics were added to the mix later.  The result for Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Arrowtown and the river valleys that connect them? Stunning Autumn colours in Central Otago, and a much more...

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Travelling without a car in the South Island

Travelling without a car in the South Island The Good South recommends: Get in touch with the official i-site network prior to travel Wanaka, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Queenstown, West Coast, South Coast…what’s the connection on your South island itinerary?  You can get to them all without driving yourself. The majority of South Island bucket list spots can all be explored using buses or shuttles. It’s an option an increasing number of travellers are taking. The South Island roads can be stressful if you aren’t used to New Zealand’s driving conditions. The roads are windy and often narrow.  Some people...

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