Pleasant Point is a little place that punches above its weight in international profile.
A pleasant point to stop a while. Which is pretty much where the name came from. It's on the route from Timaru City through to the Mackenzie Country, and back in the 1800s it was a favourite place to stop and refresh for wagoners. Refreshment came in the form of fresh food and water for their horses, and also from the local hotel.
Today it's a pleasant outing for locals and visitors alike. Insiders head to Point for walks, bike rides and good food. The Museum and Railway attracts people from all over the world.
5 of the best things to do in Pleasant Point
This is a must visit if you're in the District. It's been rated as one of New Zealand's best preservation railways, but there's loads more to this attraction than that.
They run fully operational steam locomotives – including the 1922 locomotive Ab699 – and a rare replica of a Model T Ford Railcar. There are museum exhibits at each end of the 2.4km long railway line that runs alongside the highway; it was part of the original Timaru to Fairlie railway line which was decommissioned in 1968.
Rides on the steam train or the railcar are a favourite with kids and adults alike, as are the classic cartoon movies and museum exhibits.
A fabulous country golf course, and visitors of all ages are welcome. If you don't have clubs with you, there is a small range of clubs for hire, as well as golf carts.
The club welcome visitors, you can check out more information on green fees here.
A long but flat walkway of 3 hours one way, so you might consider having a car at each end. A great walk to stretch your legs, you can start at the Arowhenua end and finish for lunch or refreshments in Pleasant Point.
If you're after a shorter stroll check out these walks.
When we say real fruit ice cream, we mean it. Hosts Giles and Crissie grow their own berries and stone fruit, or source fruit locally. Pick one or two fruits and see them mixed before your eyes with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Served in a waffle or a cone. Gluten free options available.
Check out these flavours! Strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, blueberry, golden peach, blackboy peach, banana, mixed berry, boysenberry and black doris plum.
People drive for miles for these ice creams, and to hang out in the courtyard and garden. Don't just take our word for it, check out their Tripadvisor reviews!
Depending on the season they are open from September to April.
12pm - 5pm weekends
1pm - 4pm Monday to Wednesday
Nelly's is situated in the historic Pleasant Point Hotel. The dining area contains many of the heritage features from when the Hotel was first built! The newer part of the dining area is flooded in light from the large windows that look out over the garden courtyard eating area and kids play ground. Great pub grub and family friendly. Accommodation available.
Another place close by that does great pub meals in the evenings, according to inside information, is the Cave Arms Tavern. A ten minute drive from Pleasant Point when you're heading towards Fairlie. You won't find this place on social media...so here are the contact details. Hosts Sue and Kevin, 57 Elizabeth St, Cave 7984 03-614 3814