The historic building sits on the corner of Queen Street and Mill Road in Waimate. As well as a function center and accommodation, the Queens Lodge is home to a café. However, this is not your usually eateries. Artifax Café is museum styled eatery with displays from Waimate, New Zealand, Asia and around the world including archaeological, natural history, geological, steampunk and religious items. New displays are created each month.
The café provides house-made foods with ingredients sourced from local growers and suppliers.
But it is the coffee that is considered one of a kind, exceptional. The cafes barista says, “We use ‘Unknown Chapter’ beans which are amazing however, it is the rare Pascucci coffee machine that makes all the difference.” The Pascucci known as the Italian Stallion, is one of only 11 in the world and irreplaceable.
Queens Lodge is located in the historic 1900’s home of the towns renowned doctor, Dr Arthur Gentry Pitts. The building is being lovingly restored to its former glory. Currently, the Queens Lodge provides 8 backpacker style accommodation units and suits. Some of the units have access to the upstairs balcony with views of the historic Mill Murals, across the road.
PLEASE NOTE the rooms share bathrooms. The ONLY access to the accommodation is via stairs.
Just a couple of hundred meters down the tree lined street is Victoria Park, where you can visit the free wallaby enclosure and aviaries, walk in the gardens, or enjoy a picnic lunch. A range of picnic basket options are available from Artifax Café.