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Rural gem: Route 72

Us urban dwellers often forget the little rural gems that lie beyond the boundaries of Christchurch. One such gem is Route 72 Café Bar Emporium in the charming country village of Cust, just a 40-minute drive from the city.




Nestled in the heart of the village, Route 72 is a destination dining experience that marries exquisite food and shopping with a stunning country environment – perfect for a day out to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Upon arrival to the café, bar and emporium, you are greeted by local friendly staff and a buzzing atmosphere. Upstairs dining offers stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains, rivers and valleys – what better place to relax over a delicious breakfast or lunch?

Why not start with an outstanding organic fair-trade coffee as you peruse the tempting breakfast menu, available from 9 to 11.30am. Their flavoursome breakfast speciality the ‘Kiwiana’ – think homemade hollandaise, kumara rosti and free-range country eggs topped with either bacon or salmon – is their unique take on the classic eggs benedict. Other delectable breakfast dishes include French toast, fluffy pancakes and a traditional Farmers’ cooked breakfast.

Adjoining the restaurant is North Canterbury’s best kept secret – the emporium. Browse an impressive, eclectic range of treasures from giftware, art and homewares through to candles, skincare and clothing – here you’ll find Christmas gifts for the whole family! Recent special additions to the range include beautiful Italian linens.

Discover this North Canterbury gem at 1697 Cust Road. Table reservations are recommended – phone 03 312 5595.




Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Treat yourself: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Raise your brunching and lunching game with a delightful visit to Route 72 Café Bar Emporium. Not just dining, this is destination dining, with a captivating shopping experience in the mix.


Route 72 Café Bar Emporium



Located 40 minutes from Christchurch in picturesque Cust Village, an easy drive along Tram Road brings you to your destination. It’s a break from the city and a treat day out. The restaurant serves a choice of à la carte breakfasts and lunches, plus light meals and open sandwiches. The coffee is excellent, and delicious home baking and desserts are irresistible. Route 72 is fully licensed with a range of local wines and a large range of beers.  Dining upstairs offers exquisite views over the Cust River and Valley, across to the mountains. The vibe is country and the friendly laidback team happily cater for gluten and dairy free diners. Reservations are recommended, with breakfast served from 9–11:30am, and lunch from 11:30 until 3pm, plus they are open for dinner on Friday nights.

Adjoining the restaurant is North Canterbury’s best kept secret. The Emporium offers an impressive collection of items to feed your soul and gifts to pamper. There is beautiful skin care, leadlight lamps, jewellery, clothing, artwork and homewares. There are specials to be found within in this eclectic grotto. Owners Annette and Steve Thomson are offering possum and merino jumpers and jackets at 20 percent off, if you buy a pair of socks you can purchase matching gloves at half price, while the sale on Christmas decorations begins on 25 October and runs until 25 November.

New stock has arrived from Italy. Fashion items in silk and leather shoes rub shoulders with a selection of garden and wall art, and Christmas gifts for all the family. A large range of Kings Seeds is available, plus there is an in-store raffle pack of Kings Seeds and accessories – a great prize to be drawn at Show Weekend.

Annette and Steve have traded on the site since 1992, and raised their family in the village.


The Café Bar Emporium has been an evolving dream for them, and they have so much pleasure in sharing the Route 72 experience with you. Find them at


Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Foodies’ Culinary route: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium, in beautiful Cust, needs to be experienced to be believed! A relaxing 40-minute drive from Christchurch to this charming North Canterbury village is a pleasure – and the food served up here is legendary.

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium
Owned by Steve and Annette since 2006, the award-winning café just keeps getting better. It is understandably on the culinary route for many a foodie.
Breakfasts from 9am to 11:30am offer sumptuous specialities fit for a king. The Eggs Kiwiana is the classic Benedict with Route 72’s special twist – poached free- range eggs, kumara rosti, spinach, creamy mushrooms on wholesome seeduction bread with tarragon hollandaise, with a choice of smoked salmon or bacon. There’s light fluffy pancakes through to the extra filling farmer’s full-cooked breakfast and tender juicy steak with all the trimmings. There are plenty of equally delectable vegetarian and gluten-free options too.
The café offers a gorgeous setting in the winter with a toasty fire in the café’s downstairs dining area and the upstairs seating offers vistas over the snow-capped mountains. A bonus of dining here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, tasty snacks or great organic coffee, is the Aladdin’s cave of tempting treasures. Here you will find an eclectic emporium of perfect gifts, and unusual finds from jewellery and scarves to home décor.
Route 72 is located at 1697 Cust Road, in the heart of the village, phone 03-312 5595, or visit
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm and Friday nights.