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Great hit of nostalgia

Enjoyed our visit, just browsing, but had super sized ice creams and yummy flavours. So nice to... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand
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We were riding the rail trail wanting to get maximum Kiwiana. We stopped here just as it started... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Havelock North, New Zealand
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Gilchrists General Store is the oldest continuous trading store in New Zealand of its type, dating back to 1902. The store is filled with memorabilia, equipment, and information from generations past and well worth the visit. Something for every...more
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3355 Main Street, Oturehua 9387, New Zealand
+64 3-444 5808
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Enjoyed our visit, just browsing, but had super sized ice creams and yummy flavours. So nice to ponder the good old days in the area

Thank MACS77B
Reviewed 14 April 2018

We were riding the rail trail wanting to get maximum Kiwiana. We stopped here just as it started to pour with rain. You can easily spend half an hour looking at all the displays. I was surprised at how much of all the old packaging...More

Thank Pinndi
Reviewed 2 April 2018

The store was established in 1902. Over the years it has been a vital store for local farmers who would otherwise have to journey to Ranfurly or other centres to get produce. In recent years support from the rail trailers has helped keep the store...More

Thank HACKER69
Reviewed 18 March 2018

Interesting shop that retains much of it's old style. I bought a signed book by a NZ poet. Astonishingly I met a colleague from Australia also cycling the Rail Trail outside the store.

Thank Merlouis
Reviewed 11 March 2018

This store is so much fun to wander about. Give yourself some time to look around. Great selection of touristy items and old Kiwi favourites.

Thank 2fromWN
Reviewed 24 January 2018

The owners are always willing to chat and tell you the history of the shop and some of the items on the shelves as well as the cash register and other pieces on display. And you can play with them as well. If you are...More

Thank BernieMD
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Well worth 15 minutes to poke around and the ice creams are excellent. It is like going back 75 years as you step through the door!

Thank graemem548
John H, Owner at Gilchrist's Oturehua Store, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you for your positive comments

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

I was more fascinated than my kids. Large quaint store w friendly owners but kids not v impressed with all ‘old stuff’!!

Thank 988suzd
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Worth a visit to see this part museum and part country store. Take a slight detour off the Rail Trail.

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The store has Great I've Creams and is a must see location on the Rail Trail. Very close to the Trail and a good night overnight option (Oturehua).

Thank Brendan M
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