This appealing café/restaurant overlooking a rolling surf beach on State Highway 1, makes one of the best road stops in the area. You'll find it halfway between Blenheim and Kaikoura. It's a beautiful, wild spot with the Kaikoura Mountains towering in the background. There's a large outdoor deck and huge log fire inside. You can choose lunch from either the cabinet or menu; try the seafood chowder or a Thai beef salad with a glass of local wine, or something sweet with
a coffee. Dinner bookings are essential in summer (last order taken at 7:30); in winter The Store closes at 6, with the last order taken around 5:30. Their Winterhome Garden, just up the road, is nationally renowned and is well worth a visit. (NZ$10), by appointment only.