The Great Scone Trail rollcall

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:


Darfield Bakery
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

 Double Black Cafe, Albert Town
OK, so it’s my local. A sample of the pastries, sweet slices and seasonal treats like the chilli smashed avocados and you’ll see why. The chef is a maestro of cake-making. So family friendly its even got its own childcare centre next door.
47 Kingfisher Cresent, Albert Town, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 210 824 9725
 Fairlie Bakehouse
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

Federal Diner, Wanaka
Their buttermilk scone recipe is a local standard. Superb all round menu and the recent addition of the Fedeli ensures you’ll be well catered from breakfast through to dinner or a fully catered picnic lunch.
Federal Diner 03 443 5152. 47 Helwick Street, Wanaka.
Lake Matheson Cafe, Fox Glacier
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

+64 3-751 0878
 Maniototo Cafe, Ranfurly
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.
3 Pery St, Ranfurly 9332, New Zealand
+64 3-444 9021
Olivers Restaurant, Clyde
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.
34 Sunderland St, Clyde 9180, New Zealand
+64 3-449 2805
restored villa with hedge

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.

Main Highway, 33 Stafford St, Orepuki 9881, New Zealand
+64 3-234 5211
Stella Cafe and Cheesery, Hokitika
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.
84 Revell St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
+64 3-755 5432
Tarras Country Cafe
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.
2792 Tarras-Cromwell Rd, Tarras 9383, New Zealand
+64 3-445 2821
103 The Store, Roxburgh
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.
103 Scotland St, Roxburgh 9500, New Zealand
+64 3-446 8158
The Crib, Riverton
Formerly Mrs Clarks, The Crib is a tearoom not to be missed. Locally grown produce and seafood such as their blue cod fishcakes supplied by the Riverton fishing fleet, inspired baking and excellent coffee.  Recently moved just down and across the street so may not be updated on google maps.
The Wild Walnut Cafe, Lawrence
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.
 32 Ross Pl, Lawrence 9532, New Zealand
+64 3-485 9529
 Verde Cafe deli, Geraldine
Tucked away off the main street, Verde Cafedeli has a private shaded garden seating area and an extensive menu to complement their baking.
45 Talbot St, Geraldine 7930, New Zealand
+64 3-693 9616