The Great Scone Trail rollcall
The Great Scone Trail
Here is our list of The Great Scone Trail favourites for your journey through the south:
A modest facade belies a spacious seating area and an industrial-capacity baking operation. They really do authentic farm tucker in this rural dairy hub.
60 South Terrace, Darfield 7510, New Zealand
+64 3-318 8460
A lunchbar entrance hides a national gem of pie-tastic endeavour. Pork-belly, free-range chicken and classic, richly gravied mince pies fly out the door of this award winning bakery. Expect a line, especially around lunchtime.
7925, 72 Main St, Fairlie 7925, New Zealand
+64 3-685 6063
The ideal time to visit is for one of their superb breakfasts and if the planets align and the lake is still, witness the reflections of the Southern Alps with your coffee.
1 Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier 7859, New Zealand
An ideal refreshment stop after a cruise through the wide open spaces of the Big Sky country of the Maniototo. Lamingtons, magnificent scones and cream, fine china and picnic hamper options.
As well as excellent baking the Merchant of Clyde cafe and deli has secluded garden seating.The restoration of this original stone merchant building built in 1869 to the current accommodation and gourmet restaurant has been a much-appreciated labour of love.
Orepuki Beach Cafe
A haven on the wild southern coastline. Another Southland gem. Literally. Gemstone Beach is just down the road. Proud to produce much of their own food and source it locally. Classically decadent baking with a modern take on their dishes.
Good coffee and an extensive menu sourced from local produce. Only a minutes walk to the sea, pastries and other baking is complemented by its in-house cheesery.
A Central Otago classic cafe with genuine country cuisine. Set up by local farming folk, the scones here are definitely the real deal. Preserves and other treats are stocked and next door is its own local design boutique for merino clothing and other products.
With scones served in the classic tradition with cream or jam and the pastry shelves creaking under the weight of their kitchen’s other offerings, 103 The Store are a sure bet on the trip between Dunedin and the Southern Lakes. Just round the corner is that pastry and meat legend of the south since 1959, Jimmy’s Pies. The lamb shank one gets an honourable mention.
This modest cafe area off Lawrence’s main street belies a pocket powerhouse of a kitchen. Along with traditional morning and afternoon teas, the Wild Walnut produces its own original brand of natural preserves and spices. From Manuka smoked BBQ sauce to orange cointreau marmalade, your picnic hamper will be overflowing with accessories. Vegetarian, gluten and dairy-free options with full nutritional information available.
Tucked away off the main street, Verde Cafedeli has a private shaded garden seating area and an extensive menu to complement their baking.