The Old Post Office
For those interested in pantry food or artisan textiles and homewares, the Old Post Office in Upper Moutere is a must visit destination, located in one of the most beautiful rural landscapes in New Zealand.
The village of Upper Moutere is not very big. If travelling through here by car, you could almost blink and miss it. But you would have missed a wee treasure, as the village is well worth taking the time to explore and The Old Post Office is one of the reasons to do so.
The store was originally the home of Moutere Gold, a producer of traditional small batch preserves inspired by the beautiful countryside and amazing flavour of the fruits that grow nearby. Moutere Gold Citrus Passionfruit Curd is one of their products, and has many fans.
As well as Moutere Gold Preserves, the Old Post Office is now home to Harakeke Farm Wines, Skunk + Robot, and Woods & Co Gallery. Harakeke Farm Wines is a small family owned vineyard and winery in Upper Moutere producing Chardonnay, Riesling, Rose and Pinot Noir wines. Their tasting room is located in the Old Post Office. Skunk + Robot is a small design label specialising in hand printed textiles, notably linen, for everyday use. Woods & Co Gallery is a small, elegant design-store come exhibition space with an interesting and stylish selection of hand-crafted homewares.
Local cheeses and sweet treats are also available here and the sunny courtyard at the rear of the building is a lovely spot to rest with a coffee.