Lake Tekapo Food Guide
October 08, 2012 4:04:18 PM
Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo - Food Heroes
The rugged Mackenzie Country surrounding Peppers Bluewater Resort is filled with an abundance of animals, vegetables and wild herbs that thrive in this ruggedly pure and fertile environment, each delivering its own personality and flavour. Through a labour of love, our team continues to source ingredients that are local, honest and nurtured by the special people that call this countryside their home.
Rakinui Restaurant, Peppers Bluewater Resort's onsite restaurant
The Rakinui Restaurant offers a wide selection of international cuisine and hearty local fare in elegant surroundings with spectacular views across Lake Tekapo. The restaurant has developed a taste of the Mackenzie Country on a plate, showcasing some of the region's finest cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Bookings essential.
Address: Peppers Bluewater Resort, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
Phone: +64 3 680 7000
High Country Salmon Farm
Visit a working salmon farm fed by the glacial blue water from the snow-capped alps. Famous for its delicate, sweet flavour, enjoy freshly caught whole salmon, fillets, cold smoked salmon or delicious ready to eat sashimi at their picnic tables overlooking the canals.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you meet the team in the floating shop and feed the special low oil feed to salmon in the farm. You will also receive 10% discount on any salmon purchase when you show your Peppers room key.
Address: 3km South of Twizel on State Highway 8, between Lake Tekapo and Queenstown
Phone: +64 2 140 0385
Ben Ohau Road Cheeses
Ben Ohau Road Cheese produces small quantity, high quality, genuine handmade artisan cheeses. Their purpose-built factory is nestled amongst trees on Ben Ohau Road and is operated without a traditional electricity supply. Set amongst the beautiful and rugged Southern Alps, this is a truly unique environment to witness the cheesemaker at work (by appointment). Their “Rusty Halo Kitchen’ label produces seasonal accompaniments specifically matched to the cheeses to give you a unique cheese tasting experience.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: You will receive a complimentary cheese tasting and handmade crackers with any purchase over NZ$10 when you show your Peppers room key. We also suggest you call in advance to see if a factory tour is available. Bookings essential.
Address: 26 Fraser Crescent, Twizel, the closest town to Mount Cook
Phone: +64 21 500 523
Balmoral Estate Merino
It is here in one of New Zealand's highest country farms, that lamb and venison meat are produced at the absolute highest quality. The extraordinary characteristics of the grasslands and this
elevated environment farmed by the Simpson family mean that the slowly matured meat cannot help but capture the delicate yet distinct flavours.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: You have many opportunities to taste Balmoral Estate. Their venison salami is on the welcome tasting plate as part of the Gourmet Food Trail package, merino sausages are on the breakfast menu and the South Canterbury duo of lamb and venison make a delightful main at Rakinui Restaurant.
Address: 397 Braemar Road, Lake Tekapo, near Lake Alexandrina
Phone: +64 21 336 806
Havoc occasionally happens, and so 'Havoc Pork' was born. Like when the piglets get drunk onripe cherry plums (despite all the efforts to keep them away), or when the sow decides to furrow in an unusual place. Ian and Linda Cagogan are affectionately known as Lord and Lady Havoc. Ian wouldn't feed his pigs anything he wouldn't eat himself, and he transports his pigs in the one and only 'Havoc Hog Hauler'. That's just the charm of Havoc Pork – a supreme winner of the 2011 Cuisine Artistan Awards.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: You will enjoy Havoc Pork salami on the welcome tasting plate as part of the Gourmet Food Trail package or slow braised main at Rakinui Restaurant.
Address: 39 Belt Street, Waimate, south of Timaru
Phone: +64 3 689 8288
Clearwater Organic Dairy
Bryan and Jackie Clearwater are committed to the organic principal of farming and producing certified organic milk at Peelview Farm. They believe that good and wholesome products can only be produced from the best possible raw materials. Making yoghurt from their own organic milk on the farm, gives them that assurance. The superb melt-in-the-mouth delicacy is produced in their smallfactory right next to the milking shed.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you indulge in a dessert with poached pears in vanilla and white wine served with Clearwater Organic clover top yoghurt and hazelnut praline at Rakinui Restaurant.
Address: 793 Peel Forest Road, Geraldine, off State Highway 79 between Christchurch and Lake Tekap
Phone: +64 3 696 3553
Astro Cafe at Earth & Sky
Sitting 300m above the stunning glacial waters of Lake Tekapo, you can experience fine high country fare in their glass walled café atop Mt. John. Don’t just take our word for it; the Lonely Planet Guide describes this as ‘possibly the best place on the planet for a coffee’. Open every day 10am to 5pm.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you let our team arrange a tour of the Observatory and Mackenzie Country’s award-winning Dark Sky Reserve with Earth & Sky’s knowledgeable guides and powerful telescopes.
Address: Mount John, Lake Tekapo
Phone: +64 3 680 6960
Tahr Bar & Cafe at Tekapo Springs
Enjoy family fare and homemade snacks at the Tahr Bar and Café overlooking Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb mountain range. Open 10am to 9pm daily.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you relax in the hot pools, indulge in a treatment at the day spa, enjoy an adrenalin rush on the skating rink or spin in the tubing park. Let us book in advance to arrange a complimentary shuttle for you.
Address: 6 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo
Phone: +64 3 680 6550
Peppers Bluewater Resort Gourmet Food Package
From $249* per night in a One Bedroom Mountain View Villa including, a tasting plate showcasing local produce and a full Buffet Breakfast
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13-14 September: Celebrate the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival at Peppers Manor House, with celebrity chef Tony Bilson with Executive Chef Daniel James, as they prepare six amazing dishes made with fresh local produce and matched with the Southern Highlands best wines.