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South Canterbury Region

Known for its patchwork plains, rolling hill country, braided rivers and spectacular mountain lakes, South Canterbury is often referred to as "the food bowl” of the South Island. Throughout the region, in towns and small rural communities, a new tradition of South Canterbury food and wine production is emerging… a taste all of our own that reflects our fresh natural environment and artisan food producers creating local flavours with love.

Nourish your soul with fluffy custard desserts, luscious berries and farm-made cream top yoghurt. Enjoy stunning South Canterbury views while you sip on award winning local wine, taste mountain fresh salmon or deli delights made from free range pork.

Scattered through the guide are cafés, restaurants, lodges and B&Bs where you can enjoy the ultimate taste of South Canterbury – local flavours, well seasoned with a warm South Canterbury welcome.

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Tastes of South Canterbury
South Canterbury Food & Wine Trail

South Canterbury Map
Our Region
Usage Ideas

Use the old standby of pumpkin to make  a big pot of soup, and serve with fresh artisan bread.


Follow up with the perfect winter crumble - apples, pears or add some frozen berries. Top with vanilla custard.


Make a warming chicken casserole with sweet winter vegetables

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