Tides Getting Here Clutha Attractions

There is an increasing demand to trace where our food comes from. This trail takes you from North to South, connecting you with the people and places where it all happens - Clutha New Zealand.

Meet the producers who grow, rear and make these local treats. It is a 'Taste of Clutha' where you can eat local and meet the people who produced it. 

On your journey, you will find honesty stalls throughout the Clutha District. Keep an eye out for fantastic fresh produce!

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McKerchar Lamb

The McKerchar Family have farmed sheep for 150 years, so they know a thing or two about how to rear the best lamb. From paddock to plate, you can buy from the farm gate or order online for fresh lamb delivered to your door direct from the farmer. McKerchar Lamb invites all families with younger children to come and play with the farm's lambs.

Blue Mountain Butchery

The Blue Mountain Butchery make a delicious array of salamis, bacon (without the water), pastrami and sausages. It is a labour of love for Vaughn and Shelley, the owners. They make everything on site with the best quality local lamb, pork and beef. If you can't make it to Tapanui, you can now find them at the Dunedin Farmer's Market, or buy online from their website.

The Garden Gate

Sue and Mike have created a foodie paradise at their 'Garden Gate' roadside honesty stall in Tapanui. All produce is organically grown, with no sprays or chemicals used. Seasonal produce includes; soft fruit and variety of berries, as well as a vast array of vegetables. You can buy a range of homemade jams, chutneys and pickles, alongside herbs and other plants, cut flowers and free range eggs.

Blue Spur Butchery

Blue Spur Butchery was first opened in 2009 by Jan Harper. Jan who came from a family of butchers, was one of the first female apprentice butchers in New Zealand. The traditional sausages and burgers which are adapted from her Gran’s meatloaf recipe, are household favourites in Lawrence and the wider Clutha District.

Lawrence Mint

If you want to spoil yourself or your loved ones, take a visit to The Lawrence Mint in Lawrence. Alisa makes hand rolled truffles and chocolates, cheesecakes, tarts and her famous Rocky Road all on site. She also provides bespoke picnic hampers which you can order in advance. The nearby Bellview Wetlands open at the weekend provides a perfect picnic spot.

Smoked Eggs and Liquid Smoke

Lawrence local, Neville sells fresh manuka smoked eggs across the country, and his liquid Manuka smoke is a secret stalwart in many celebrity chefs’ special sauces like Al Brown and Simon Gault. You will find Neville most days in his caravan on High St, Lawrence selling bacon and smoked egg butties as well as eggs and liquid smoke. Both are available to buy online at NZ Manuka Egg Company website

Wild Walnut Condiments/Preservatives

Since 1997 Jim and Sue have been taking classic favourites and giving them a modern twist. They have created a range of artisan sauces, syrups, jams & jellies, chutneys and relishes, conserves and marmalade from local ingredients. You can buy them online, or if you are travelling in the Otago region, come into The Wild Walnut Cafe in Lawrence. 

Keroe Country Garden Orchard

This wonderful old fashioned market garden and orchard is a labour of love for Barbara and Steve Kerr, who spent 10 years changing a forgotten paddock into a haven of produce. You can buy vegetables and herbs from November to December. They re-open in January with an abundance of heritage plums, pears and apples. Tomatoes and potatoes are sold directly from the gate until May.

  • South end of Lawrence (opp. Lions Club Park)
  • 03 485 9989

McKnight's Honey

Take a stroll down one of the side streets in Lawrence and you will find McKnight's honey from the honesty stall, located right by the back door.

  • 44, Irvine Street, Lawrence

Elderflower Cordial

We have an abundance of fragrant elderflower in the Otago region, and Jo and her husband Ben make sure it doesn’t go to waste. They harvest the flowers in late October with the cordial ready to go in November. They produce 1000 bottles a season, when it’s gone it’s gone, with everything usually sold by the start of April. Look out for the Canadian flag!

Tiny's Milton Butchery

Meating all your family butchery needs! All products are hand made from the finest and freshest ingredients. Making them hard to beat and delicious to eat. Don't forget your furry friends. All their pet rolls are made with beef and offal, giving them superior taste and quality.

Dean's Pantry on Finlayson

Pam uses traditional family recipes to bring you a true taste of Clutha with her homestyle jams, sauces and preserves. Preserves are made from Otago grown fruits & vegetables. She started out at Milton’s Farmer’s Market, and now has her very own shop near Lake Waihola which is open Sundays. You can also email through your orders through their website.

Waihola Fresh Fish Supply

Fantastic fresh fish from the boats at nearby Taieri Mouth. Judy set up this wonderful wee shop 15 years ago to make sure locals could experience the local fish. They sell that southern stalwart blue cod, with some calling it the best fish and chips. Located at New Zealand’s most inland tidal lake, it's the perfect dinner spot.

  • 39 Greenwich Street, Waihola on SH1
  • 03 417 8630
  • 7 days 10am-7pm

Milburn Honey

Allen and Maria, producers and distributors of premium quality creamed clover and bush blend honey, have been making honey since the 1970’s. It may be right on the main road, but this hidden gem is the place to get wonderful local honey from an honesty stall - look out for the “OPEN” sign.

  • 521 Waihold Highway SH1, 7km's from Milton
  • 03 417 7198

Windy Ridge Milk

Milk, straight from the farm. Just like you used to get in the old days, “glass bottled, pasteurised and full cream” fresh from Windy Ridge Farm in Benhar near Balclutha. Andrew Moir and his two sons started milking back in 2014, and have never looked back. These bottles are available throughout Clutha and have just hit Central Otago!

Clutha Paddock Produce

Salad leaves fresh from the paddock. Moira comes from a family of market gardeners and convinced her hubby to plough one of the fields on their sheep farm so she could let her green fingers work. You can get mixed salad bags delivered to your door in the Balclutha area on a Wednesday morning or pop down to the Elizabeth Street Plaza on Thursday afternoons (2.30-5.30) in the summer where you will find the finest Central cherries.

Nancy's Fruit Stall

Nancy has such a passion for fresh fruit and vegetables. Having been a market gardener in Clutha for more than 40 years, she really knows her produce. Peaches, apricots, cherries and berries, along with tomatoes, nuts, and spuds. She sells them from her garage on State Highway 1 during summer so catch her while you can! Look out for the big green open sign on the road.

Balclutha Community Garden

In less than a year a few raised beds became many with a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit thanks to some community spirit. Local businesses, farms, schools and charities have all helped turn it into a reality. Locals work away to give us this goodness and you are welcome to pick your own when they are there or on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm. Look out for the big yellow “Open” sign. Note: the last day for this season will be Saturday 27th April 2019.

Agreeable Nature Eggs

The finest fresh free range organic eggs which is why they have been voted the best farmer’s market eggs in New Zealand. "Our hens are free to roam as far as they like”. You can get them at Suzie’s Butchery in Milton, Balclutha Four Square and the Clinton shop.

Stirling Cheese

Fonterra Stirling has a small cheese bar for cheese sales. They have been making magic here since 1982 with 3 year plus vintage cheddar and seasonal specials like cumin or garlic among the delights on offer. 

  • Turn right going north over Balclutha Bridge to Kaitangata (signposted at Stirling)
  • 03 419 0119
  • Mon - Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 9am- 3pm

Kowhai Bush Farms

The family have been growing sensational potatoes on the wee island known as Inch Clutha since 1852. There are 6 varieties available straight from the packing house with “agria” being the firm favourite.

  • Past Stirling on road from Balclutha to Kaitangata, take left turn onto Storer Rd and it is the first building on the right
  • 03 418 3450
  • Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Catlins Brewery

Since 2014 Norm has been crafting beautiful beer in his garage and bottling it by hand. He makes a core range of beverages and seasonal specials offering a true taste of the South. “We use all New Zealand ingredients to produce a damned fine drop of beer and cider”. You can buy his beers from the Kaka Point Pub, Papatowai store and Liquorland in Balclutha. The Catlins Brewery cellar door is now open by appointment.

Kaka Point Honey Co

Kaka Point Honey is a small apiculture business based in Kaka Point, South Otago. Louise, the main beekeeper produces beautiful clover and kamahi honey. Not only does she produce honey, she also sells bee balm, beeswax and more recently beeswax wraps. You can pick up her honey at the honesty box opposite the surf club, as she says “everything is locally made by the bees and me”.

Crazy N Nuts

You know they are nuts about nuts when even their eco-friendly, solar powered home is called Hazelnut House. Roy and Jan Johnstone have a 600 tree orchard and pick and crack the nuts themselves so the magnificent kernels are ready to eat. They also as a hobby have freshwater cray fish ponds and you are more than welcome to arrange a visit!

Hens of Houipapa

The best free range eggs in the Catlins and maybe all of Clutha. The Sinclair family farm is just outside Owaka and you will find these little beauties in the honesty stall on the Papatowai Highway next to the concrete egg sculpture. They are also available on the main road in Owaka. Nature at its best!

The Occasional Baker

Freshly baked goodness - Taieri Mouth local, Blair also lovingly creates beautiful artisan sourdough bread as well as perfect pastries, scrolls, scones and even baked cheesecake.

All handcrafted from scratch with a range of delights on offer from his roadside stall, you have got to get in quick!

Look out for the blackboard on the south side of the bridge. Blair usually bakes on Sundays and is sold from 10am-2pm. Keep an eye on the Taieri Mouth Community Facebook page for baking days.

  • Riverside Road, Taieri Mouth
  • Just look for the blackboard and if it's there you are in luck! (Sundays 10-2 occasionally)