Fodor's Expert Review Riverside Café
You can chill in this rambling 150-year-old colonial cottage, along the Great Taste Trail cycle path and part of a community for Christian conscientious objectors established in 1941, the forerunner of many other communes later established around the country. It's 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 Riverside Community's gardens and focuses on nourishing, natural food, including milk from their own cows. Menu choices range from stylish restaurant fare to pizza and fries; desserts often include delights like chocolate-and-chili ice cream and spicy apple pie. If you're interested in the ethical side of this successful, long-running community, you're welcome to take a wander through after lunch.
289 Main Rd., Inland Hwy.
Lower Moutere, Tasman 7175, New Zealand