The Great Scone Trail

The Great Scone Trail

The Great Scone Trail

A traveller’s guide to cafes and tearooms of quality in the lower South Island.

Who travels to eat bad food? Not people who follow the Great Scone Trail.

The traditions of baking and home-cooked meals are a cornerstone of a community – for both visitors and locals.

Freshly baked scones and muffins for morning and afternoon tea in the local tearoom or out on the land is a vital part of rural New Zealand history.

Allow yourself the luxury of breaking up your journey during the day at one of these rural havens of cakes, pies, lamingtons, custard squares and, of course, the original flour and water construct, the scone.

The Great Scone Trail

Sustenance on The Great Scone Trail – Tiramisu at the Double Black cafe in Albert Town

The Great Scone Trail provides a roadmap of the lower South Island identifying those places in the countryside we consider a worthwhile stopping point. The larger towns also have a number of cafes and tea rooms to choose from and they will be gradually added to those pages 

We’ve visited each of the Scone Trail establishments and unless there’s been a dramatic change in the past few months, you can expect refreshments at one to be a highlight of the day.  Awaiting you is excellent baking, locally sourced ingredients and produce, a warm welcome from the owners, superior coffee and a classic selection of teas.

The Great Scone Trail is the brainchild of digital marketing supremo Robyn Macdonald who was inspired by her mum’s cooking.