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Quirky Cafes add to the visitor experience

A dutch friend who immigrated to New Zealand in the 70’s tells of being dismayed to find there was virtually no café scene.  It was very difficult to find a café even in the major cities.  How far we have come!

The Meet New Zealand Vacations team mostly work remotely and they use some of their favourite quirky café’s to have face to face meetings.   With a growing number of New Zealanders working online from home, the café’s provide: free wifi;  fabulous food; warm service and an interesting place to be.

Our visitors also love the variety of quirky café’s on offer – not to mention the pop up coffee vans that appear in amazing places.   You don’t need to drive very far to get your next fix.

Here are just some of our favourites:

C1 in Christchurch

Which is set up rather like the inside Harry Potter set – full of quirkiness and serving  great coffee – including cold pressed coffee.  This is made while you watch –  dripping it’s deliciousness into glass bottles which are sitting on shelving on a wall that looks like an old fashioned laboratory.

Caffe L’affare in the heart of Wellington

Was one of the first serious coffee companies to set up in what is now a very vibrant city of cafes.  It’s rustic/industrial, it’s very busy, it’s noisey and just lots going on.  The coffee is roasted on the premises and it is delicious.

Jo’s Garage – Queenstown

This concept started in downtown Queenstown, New Zealand located in the old Post Office sorting room come “Garage” in 2000.  The locals in Queenstown used this hidden gem long before our visitors discovered it.  Their concept is ‘fun coffee’ and the garage style décor makes it exactly that.

The concept was so popular and the coffee so good there have been several “Joe’s Garages’ set up around the South Island.

One thing we know when we work through  the itineraries for our Meet New Zealand Vacations guests is that they will always be able to get amazing coffee in regional towns and our cities (and lots of out of the way places as well).  Watch for more updates on the New Zealand Cafe scene.

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