Foodie Tour Tasman
"There is no better way than experiencing a region through its food."
- you will see food in its natural state
- you will learn how local food was improved
- you will experience the transformation of sunshine into our food
- you will see more of the area than anyone else
- while experiencing a broad selection of our local food
- you will hear lots of stories and learn about New Zealand plants
On our 15 minute drive to Riwaka we will cross our Motueka river and see apple, kiwi orchards and hop fields. Before we leave town we will pick up very special and fresh bread from our "Royal Patisserie". We will have a look at their excellent selection of special baking. Unfortunately, we can not eat everything today, but perhaps you can buy something for later?
We will arrive at the quiet hidden camping area close to the Riwaka Resurgence. This is part of Kahurangi National Park. Kahurangi is New Zealand's second largest National Park. In places, it is an untracked wilderness.
We will gather manuka leaves (tea tree) and kawa kawa, which traditionally is some of Maori most valuable medicines. We will then boil the "Billy" and have these in a cup of tea. You can also have a typical New Zealand "Gum Boot Tea" or a bro's "Cheapy Coffee". All served with a healthy treat of Nelson/Tasman feijoas or feijoas paired with our secret IDEAL match for this fruit. We also have our regions famous "Pik's Peanut Butter target="blank" on offer to have on your slice of bread!
A 10-minute walk through fairyland bush is possible as an option: a damp forest with crystal clear cold water, tranquil pools, moss-covered rocks and water-worn marble. This area is of particular cultural significance to the people of Te Atiawa and Ngati Rarua. They recognise it as wahi tapu, a sacred place. Are you brave enough to jump into the crystal clear pool?
Before we leave Riwaka we have a stop at our smallest Winery in the area to see how Sauvignon Blanc grapes grow. We will try some local cheeses and fresh bread with a tasting glass of Pinot Noir.
In the little village of Tasman between Motueka and Ruby Bay, we find an excellent coffee roasting place and "Jester House" an award-winning Cafe with a special ambience. We walk about 100m on a bush walkway with interesting native trees, watch giant eels in the little stream.
The drive to Mapua along the coastline is very picturesque. We have a stopover in Mapua and will taste smoked fish at the shoreline before Kathy from "Kete" shows us an abundance of local produce.
We have the opportunity to do an olive oil tasting, manuka honey tasting and craft chocolate tasting. Did you try our famous healthy locally produced Chia Seed Drink already or Kombucha (fermented tea drink) Kathy has a strong connection with local food producers and can also send products to your home destination.
On our way back we take the inland road and pass the Moutere Hills with the backdrop of the high mountain ranges of Richmond and Kahurangi National Park. We will pass the oldest pub in New Zealand or the first farmhouse of the area. German settlers arrived here around 1850 and started to farm the land. Depending on the time of the year and time of farmers or on the interest of the group we will have another stop somewhere.
More local goodness is produced here: Mushrooms, cheeses, we pass a strawberry farm and more vineyards. Extra special is Riverside Community: a community with farm and gardens, which offers visitors fresh food in a cafe or raw milk and other produce in their little shop. After this stop, it is time to concentrate on our highlight of the trip:
Our lunch stop at Toad Hall: Every Foodies dream. No Foodie Lover should leave Motueka without visiting their large Store and Cafe. The food is modern, fresh, outstanding. Enjoy their special lunches, cabinet food, smoothies, coffees, boutique beer and more... They cater for every taste.
After enjoying a relaxing and tasty time at Tod Hall it is time to move on: Our trip finishes and we can bring you back to your accommodation or drive you to Kaiteriteri, where you could enjoy an afternoon activity (kayaking, cruise, time on beach) before the afternoon or evening bus brings you back to Motueka or Nelson.
We are happy to organize your afternoon tour for you. We would love to share with you knowledge about our favourite "places to go". Please let us know in advance if you would like to book an evening dinner in one of our award-winning restaurants in the area. Some are booked out most of the time.