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The Edible Journey Cookbook takes you on culinary journey from Halswell to Akaroa, integrating a diverse range of local popular restaurants, cafes, food producers and recipes from this special region. The book is designed to become a valuable resource for the area and become a guide for the discerning traveler to experience the Journey first hand.


Our School and Community

Tai Tapu is nestled in the foothills of Banks Peninsula. Surrounded by countryside, in a picturesque tree-lined village setting. Tai Tapu School is one of the oldest schools in Canterbury, dating back to 1867.

The school has strong links with its community and over the past two years a substantial amount of time has been spent collecting local recipes. These recipes include many family favourites that are fresh, nutritious, wholesome and delicious, reflecting a modern approach to how we eat.  

Foreword - The Edible Journey

Andrew Barker - Principal, Tai Tapu School

Andrew Barker - Principal, Tai Tapu School

The Edible Journey is more than a fundraiser or a School Cookbook, it’s a celebration of community, people and fine food destinations. It is not just about a slice of pie but rather a slice of history commemorating the Peninsulait’s stunning beauty, rustic land and fine produce. This book with simple, fresh recipes will inspire readers to journey with friends and family from Halswell to Akaroa in search of a special culinary experience.

With numerous destinations to visit this book draws you to, local wineries, coffee shops, bakeries, and cafes. It introduces you to local growers, their vibrant produce and the history of the land and it’s people.  The recipes include family favourites that are special to the region.  They are fresh, nutritious, wholesome and delicious, reflecting a modern approach to how we eat.

Tai Tapu School, one of the oldest in Canterbury, has a proud tradition of providing outstanding education in a beautiful rural setting. “The Edible Journey” is a record of Tai Tapu School and it’s wider community in the year of 2013.

This cookbook with it’s stunning images encourages readers to eat, drink and savour every moment with friends and family.

Enjoy the fresh recipes, beautiful photography and the places “The Edible Journey” will take you in the kitchen and on the Peninsula.


Andrew Barker - Principal, Tai Tapu School