Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to give the partners of conference attendees a taste of North Otago, the caller told me.
It’s not often I get to play tourists at home so I was happy to accept the challenge to occupy 10 people for three hours. The difficulty wasn’t what to show them but what to leave out.
We started in Oamaru’s historic precinct where attractions include Lavish Soap, the New Zealand Malt Whisky Company, and the Grainstore Gallery.
Donna Demente is one of the artists whose work is available in the gallery. She’d parked her car downstairs:
A 15 minute drive from the downlands to the Waitaki Valley took us to Riverstone Kitchen . Fortified by a sumptuous afternoon tea we then partook of a little retail therapy in the adjoining gift shop: