There is something about unloading your trash and clutter at Southern Landfill and then foraging at the dump shop that builds a good pie appetite.
The Takaka Top Shop does a bustling trade. The pies come out fresh from the oven throughout the day, and their popularity from morning till evening ensures they're never dried out or drooping. The shop's wide selection of pies sorts the tourists from the locals: locals know their favourites and wait impatiently in line as tourists marvel at the array, struggling to choose. There are a few kiwiana exotic flavours (satay beef, sweet chilli mince) but the range really excels in the steak and something flavour options.