When heading towards Lake Ellesmere from Christchurch, take a scenic route and make Tai Tapu your halfway stop.

If you’re feeling peckish, head into one of the delicious cafés the town has to offer. When in season, The Raspberry Café is a crowd pleaser. With their Otahuna Valley raspberries and beautifully made lunch dishes, this encompasses everything about Tai Tapu.

For all things green, head to Frensham Gardens. With its fine collection of trees, an exceptional colour palette and tasteful combination of plants, this country garden is one for enthusiastic gardeners to check out.

Whether you are here to play a spot of golf at the Tai Tapu Golf Club or fill up the car with petrol on the way through, be sure to have the camera ready to capture the essence of the Canterbury Plains right here in Tai Tapu.