Local Heart, Global Soul

April 13, 2018

Beach House Café: A Villa Remodeled

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch made the drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in December 2017 on the very newly opened State Highway 1.

Closed for repairs for just over a year after a massive earthquake, some of the damage we saw left us in awe of just how much of hillside can be shifted by Mother Nature during a 2 minute shake.

In fact, it was not only clear why the road had to close for so long, but also a wonder that it’s open this quickly considering the size and number of land slips that need clearing, hillsides to be stabilized, bridges checked and repaired, road edges repaired etc.

Despite a number of places where we needed to wait for oncoming traffic to take their turn getting though sections of road that were still one lane only, and the naturally slow speed limit through areas still not fully repaired, we made fairly good time to Kaikoura, where a break for lunch was in order.

Deciding to avoid the central area of town, we kept to the main road and picked this place for no other reason than there was a parking place on the main road close by and after perusal of the menu it got a thumbs up for serving toasted sandwiches and Caesar Salad for Little Mr. and Kiwi Daughter respectively.

Called the “Beach House Café” this is housed in a traditional old style New Zealand villa and has been open plan renovated to suit a café style. It means that the various rooms of the house open to the public flow from one to another but still retain their own character.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. Sometimes the best places can be found quite by accident! Toasted sandwiches and Caesar Salad sound very appealing to me just now – I’m feeling quite peckish. 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — April 13, 2018 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

    • Elaine,
      It never ceases to amaze me how photographs of delicious looking food can make you feel so hungry, even if you have just finished dinner!

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 19, 2018 @ 11:33 am | Reply


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