The Lignite Pit Cafe and Secret Garden
Hidden from the view of the Gorge Road - Invercargill Highway, or even from our car park, is a landscape which has been transformed from a disused mine to a tranquil garden.
We have the Cafe and Gardens open from September (Fathers Day) to May (Mothers Day) from Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm or by appointment.
The camping area is open all year round.
The Cafe looks over the garden and lake. So while you sit back and relax enjoying a coffee and a selection of Maree and Barry's home baking, you can take in the vista that is our garden, or enjoy a game of chess or one of the other games.
The Cafe is also home to Perky Parrots your Bird specialist for your feathered pets needs, from cages to toys, food to medicine and supplements to keep them happy and healthy.
We have a number of treats for enticing the wild birds to your property.
Our Suppliers include Topflite and Vetafarm to name a couple.
Also it is home to Woolez hand made has a number of home made knitted and crocheted products, spinning wheels, weaving looms and wools from Ashford Handicrafts.
There are a number of paths that wind themselves around the lake, where you take your time to explore the native flora, fauna and the aviaries dotted around the place.
There has been a number of weddings taken place in and around the garden. There are plenty of spots to choose from for you special day.Garden View
We have a 22m by 11m covered tunnel house surrounded in gardens for your event that can seat about 100, or be a back up venue for your wedding if the the weather doesn't smile on your day.
We can accept Self Contained vehicles, cars and tents. At present we have 2 powered site and space for several unpowered campers and cars.
We only have a toilet present, but are looking at adding showers and a better kitchen area in the future.
15 Ashers Road