Three reasons why you should be heading south to Ayrburn this summer

Ayrburn, the spectacular new dining destination on the outskirts of Arrowtown, opened its doors in December and has already made an indelible mark on New Zealand’s culinary landscape. Boasting an impeccable setting and a number of exceptional venues, the sprawling precinct has (unsurprisingly) fast-become the place to be this summer and beyond, and this is just the beginning.

After revelling in the delights ourselves over the holidays, we thought it fitting that we share a few of the many reasons to visit this sublime spot.

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Enjoy a perfect family day out

While the promise of convivial long lunches with friends is what holiday dreams are made of, in reality, when summer rolls around it’s more often than not that the kids take precedence. Luckily, Ayrburn caters exceptionally well to littles and their charges alike, with all manner of things to keep both entertained and well satiated. The Dell is the destination’s social lawn and a more than perfect spot to park up with kids for the afternoon, soaking in the peaceful setting. Here, you can roll out a blanket and grab a picnic basket from one of the surrounding eateries before settling in for the day. Time your visit well and you’ll also find live music, pop-up eateries, markets and events the whole family will enjoy. The kids will also do well to discover The Dairy nearby; a destination filled with whimsical sweet treats (including gelato) that promise to hit the spot every time, while parents can keep their glasses full at The Burr Bar or The Manure Room.

Take a walk to remember

We can attest to the fact that a simple stroll through Ayrburn’s surrounds are reason enough to plan a visit. Sitting in stark contrast to the rugged, mountainous ranges surrounding the precinct, the storybook grounds are a picture of perfection. From impeccably manicured gardens to rolling green hills, meticulously restored farm buildings, stone-lined streams, and russet and verdant trees providing smatterings of shade throughout, no detail has been missed. Carve out a morning to explore the ex-sheep farm, wandering from the entrance to the eateries and beyond, soaking up the calm, peaceful atmosphere before enjoying brunch on The Wooldshed’s sun-soaked deck.

Revel in Ayrburn’s many culinary delights

It would be remiss of us not to mention the reason that many of us make for Ayrburn — to experience the delights of the exceptional eateries. From delicious, family-friendly restaurants to intimate bars, picnic spots, a gelateria, and four more venues soon to open their doors, here, you’ll find something for every taste and proclivity. The Woolshed is Ayrburn’s casual, bistro-style eatery that promises day-to-night fare that the whole family will enjoy wholeheartedly. There, the philosophy is simple: quality reigns supreme, which means you’ll find delicious, uncomplicated food that is utterly enjoyable, served in a classically elegant setting. The Manure Room invites guests to immerse themselves in the world of Ayrburn wine within the dedicated wine bar and tasting space. Park up on one of the outdoor tables and soak in the sights while sampling a selection of truly exceptional wines and delectable bites. And for those seeking an intimate, cosy and quietly luxurious space to settle in for a drink or two, paradise is found at The Burr Bar.


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