In wonderland: The White Rabbit Garden Café

You might feel you have fallen through the looking glass and ended up in wonderland with The White Rabbit and the Mad March Hare, when you take a drive on the Akaroa Highway out to Gebbies Valley.

There you will find The White Rabbit Garden Café, as quirky and delightful a café as you could hope to imagine. It is a little oasis in a world of stress.

Thistle, the white rabbit

There is indeed a white rabbit named Thistle, as well as a Flemish Giant rabbit called Rosemary, great for children to meet. The café itself is warm and welcoming with its fireplace, easy chairs, and eclectic collection of furniture and decorative objects.

There is a new winter menu for brunch and lunch featuring delights such as The White Rabbit’s breakfast, a medley of mushrooms on toast, a pancake platter, or the
piece de resistance, savoury mince on Yorkshire pudding with poached eggs. A special treat over the colder season is the café’s campfire hot chocolate, a fun family activity that’s truly decadent as well.

The café’s overflowing cabinet is loaded with fresh sandwiches, salads, and beautiful homemade baked goods. They are also now selling a range of Harney and Sons teas and Gielen Family Farm honey. There is even more retail therapy to be had with locally made jewellery, teaspoons, wooden spoons, and coasters for sale, some with an obligatory Alice in Wonderland theme. This really is a magical café.


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