Postcards From Central

Dear Dunedin, 

Much as we love you, a change is as good as a rest. And there’s so much to explore in this part of the South Island. Hills and harbour may have become mountains and lakes, but one thing remains the same – our quest to seek out creativity and good coffee.

Old Cromwell Town

Old Cromwell Town

Coffee At Grain and Seed Cafe

Coffee At Grain and Seed Cafe

Wanaka’s ’47 Frocks’ is one of the best designer shops to have sprung up in the Southern Lakes area. Dunedin, we were reminded of you when we found pieces by Company of Strangers, and jewellery by Underground Sundae and Creeps and Violets. We were served by the lovely Trudie Millar and Ben Boyne. Trudie is a stylist and Ben has his own label ‘Thoughts Of BOYNE’, specialising in ballgowns and streetwear.

Trudie and Ben. Trudie wears jeans by MiH and top by Kowtow. Ben wears vintage shirt, bow tie by Julian Danger and 'Cosmonauts' by NOM*d.

Trudie and Ben. Trudie wears jeans by MiH and top by Kowtow. Ben wears vintage shirt, bow tie by Julian Danger and ‘Cosmonauts’ by NOM*d.

Edgewater Resort on Lake Wanaka makes fabulous scones. This one is crystallised ginger with rhubarb and lime compote and cream.

Guess what Dunedin, we managed to track down a Charmaine Reveley ‘Heartest of Hearts’ dress on sale at Bella, Wanaka. We must make a trip to her workroom in Dowling Street when we get home.

Charmaine Reveley 'Heartest of Hearts' dress brightens up Lake Wanaka. Necklace by Underground Sundae.

Charmaine Reveley ‘Heartest of Hearts’ dress brightens up Lake Wanaka. Necklace by Underground Sundae.

Wanaka is all about boutique cinemas. With so many amazing films recently released, we had to make a trip to both The Paradiso (for ‘Philomena’) and Ruby’s (for ‘The Railway Man’). Both gave us the ultimate viewing experience with comfy couches at The Paradiso and la-z-boy chairs at Ruby’s. The tasty treats and great coffee were a bonus.

The Paradiso

The Paradiso

Outside Ruby's

Outside Ruby’s

Film posters at glamorous Ruby's

Film posters at glamorous Ruby’s

Dunedin diners, when you’re next in Wanaka, do try Bistro Gentil (76a Golf Course Road). It can’t be beaten for quality of food, attentive staff, location and its amazing wine machine. The owner is also an art dealer and uses the restaurant to showcase some interesting sculptures and paintings.

Half of a diptych by Shane Cotton in collaboration with The Chills (featuring lyrics by Martin Phillipps)

Half of a diptych by Shane Cotton in collaboration with The Chills (featuring lyrics by Martin Phillipps)

'Let's Begin Here' by John Pule

‘Let’s Begin Here’ by John Pule

'Looking Up, Looking Down' by Zadok Ben-David

‘Looking Up, Looking Down’ by Zadok Ben-David

'Blue Prayer' by Shane Cotton

‘Blue Prayer’ by Shane Cotton

A delicious salmon entrée

A delicious salmon entrée

Desserts from the cabinet

Desserts from the cabinet

Prototypes of wine charms by Rangi Kipa gifted to diners to celebrate Bistro Gentil's first birthday

Prototypes of wine charms by Rangi Kipa gifted to diners to celebrate Bistro Gentil’s first birthday

After all the eating, we needed some exercise. What better than a quick march up Mt Iron.

View from the summit of Mt Iron

View from the summit of Mt Iron

Talk to you soon, Dunedin xxx

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3 thoughts on “Postcards From Central

  1. Darryl Baser says:

    Great work Helen …lovely images, with succinct and clear writing. well done.[as always] 🙂

  2. Catherine says:

    Love this, girls you are doing such a great promotional job! Wish I was there too!

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