In an old colonial cottage, Riverside café is decorated with hand-worked wood, copper and fabric art, and enclosed with a grape-shaded veranda. The menu is built around organic veggies from the community's own gardens and focuses on nourishing, natural food. Choices range from stylish restaurant fare to pizza and fries; desserts often include delights like chocolate-and-chili ice cream and spicy apple pie. Riverside, initially established as a community for Christian
conscientious objectors in 1941, is the forerunner of many other communes later established around the country. Years later, it's one of the hot places to eat around Motueka. It's along the Great Taste Trail cycle trail, and there's a playground for the kids. If you're interested in the ethical side of this successful, long-running community, you're welcome to take a wander through after lunch.