WHERE THE HEART IS

THE RIVER­TON HER­ITAGE HAR­VEST FES­TI­VAL CEL­E­BRATES THE BEST OF AOTEAROA, FROM THE KIND­NESS OF COM­MU­NITY TO THE NOS­TAL­GIC PRIDE OF WIN­NING BEST AP­PLE IN SHOW

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Cel­e­brat­ing with River­ton and its

feel- good her­itage fes­ti­val

NOTE­BOOK Get­ting there: River­ton is lo­cated 40 kilo­me­tres west of In­ver­cargill and is part of the South­ern Scenic Route. Air New Zealand fl ies to In­ver­cargill from Welling­ton and Christchurch with con­nec­tions avail­able from all Air New Zealand ser­viced do­mes­tic air­ports. airnewzealand.co. nz Visit: There is much to ex­plore around River­ton. Head­ing west, Cosy Nook is a must-visit for the nos­tal­gic, tiny cribs, which cling to the rocks of this oft- wild coastal cove. Gem­stone Beach, just out of Ore­puki, will en­chant trea­sure- hunters young and old. Scour the sands for wave-smoothed gem­stones such as rodin­guite quartz or or­bic­u­lar jasper. Semi- pre­cious or just sen­ti­men­tal, most vis­i­tors leave with a heav­ier pocket. Do check the tides, and only visit ei­ther side of low tide as high tide ap­proaches more quickly than ex­pected. Eat: Fancy a cheese roll? Then Mrs Clarks Café is a com­pul­sory stop. Owner Cazna Gilder still uses her grand­mother’s recipe and the re­sults are mouth- wa­ter­ing (and po­ten­tially mouth- burn­ing – don’t be greedy, let them cool). She also has an ar­ray of sweets and cakes on dis­play, in­clud­ing gluten- free op­tions. Find her in the lu­mi­nous turquoise build­ing on the main s treet or call her on ( 03) 234 8600. If the sight and smell of the sea is fill­ing hearts with joy and stom­achs with seafood crav­ings, drive around to Beach House Café and or­der ei­ther the seafood chow­der or the blue cod. The view is price­less, but also free. 126 Rocks High­way, ( 03) 234 8274.

Stay: Hote­lier Rose Ivory is not dis­sim­i­lar to La Riviera, her guest house and home. While one has been here longer than the other (1889 for the old ho­tel, only 2011 for Rose) they share a rich charm, both full of sto­ries and com­fort, en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to fall into a couch and re­lax over a glass of cold white or spicy pinot. La Riviera has five rooms to choose from, each with a dif­fer­ent theme. Break­fast is avail­able in the enor­mous com­mu­nal kitchen – en­joy home­made muesli while look­ing over the es­tu­ary. 136 Palmer­ston Street, ( 03) 234 9100, lar­iv­ier­abnb.co.nz

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