The Sign of the Takahe is a beautifully renovated heritage building with a newly built upstairs bar, (Private bar downstairs for hire) a comfy cafe by day and a lux casual restaurant experience in the evening. It invokes an adventure beyond the ordinary that stirs the imagination. It is a place where time almost stands still, a place where some of the best memories are made.
NEW local family business owners Andrew & Kay Male (Sept 2019) are serving a fresh take on both classic Kiwi & European comfort food and drinks.
“It is a place where you feel naturally at ease; be it for a casual coffee, a business lunch or a celebration of epic proportion”. – J.Bolton NZ
Located high on the Cashmere Hills with unsurpassed views over Christchurch City, the Southern Alps across to the East Coast of the South Island, Sign of the Takahe is a building of national significance.
The historically listed jewel seen today is built from the idea of a complete visionary - coming together from entirely different architectural styles. The northwest façade, which overlooks the Canterbury Plains, is reminiscent of a Gothic style English Manor House of the 14th century while the southwest corner features a 17th century style baroque three story crenellated tower. The eastern aspect is in the style of a Dickensian inn from the late 18th century England.
Sign of the Takahe is still currently leased from Christchurch City Council and is one of Christchurch's most renowned wedding venues, function centres, and a la carte dining.
In operation all year round, the gardens can be enjoyed during the summer months with music on the lawn, and dining day and evening. And in winter, come in out of the cold to one of four open fires.