New Zealand Coffee Guide

New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

What you need to know about New Zealand Coffee, plus some of the best coffee shops in New Zealand.

I LOVE coffee. I’m certainly no expert, but I like to think I know a good cup of coffee when I drink it. I love it so much, that I tend to make coffee a priority when traveling. When I start planning a trip, the first thing I look up is the local coffee shops. I like to check them off one-by-one, and I often overdo it because I want to try as many cafes as possible in a short amount of time.

Since I spent so much time getting to know New Zealand (and I’ve already written so much about it), I thought it was about time I wrote about the country’s coffee scene. Let me tell ya, there is some GOOD coffee in New Zealand.

New Zealand is all about the espresso. Even though I prefer a simple filtered coffee most of the time, I can’t deny that New Zealand does coffee well. When it comes to roasting, preparing drinks, and creating super cool cafes, Kiwis have got it figured out.

So this is my little Guide to New Zealand coffee. It’s mainly filled with great cafes to visit in some of New Zealand’s major cities and hubs, but I’ve also included a few quick things to know about New Zealand coffee.

If I’m being totally honest, the main reason I decided to write this post is because I needed an excuse to share all of my coffee photos. I try to get at least one at every café I visit, so I have quite a few New Zealand coffee pictures. But hopefully this post WILL actually be helpful (or at least interesting) to my fellow coffee devotees out there.

If you love coffee, let this post guide you to some of the best coffee shops in New Zealand!


New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 New Zealand coffee shops you need to try! Find coffee shops in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and all around the country. #newzealand #coffee #traveldaze

 


New Zealand Coffee – The Basics

Here are a few tips for what to expect from New Zealand coffee shops:

  • It’s all about the espresso. Most cafes won’t have drip or filter coffee.
  • On that note, if you ask for a plain or black coffee, the baristas will either be confused, or you’ll end up with a short black…which won’t be at all what you’re expecting.
  • New Zealand is home of the Flat White (well, Australia & NZ might argue on that one…)
  • Flat White, Short Black, Long Black…these are the staples of a New Zealand coffee menu, but you can find the usual espresso drinks, chai, and other beverages.
  • New Zealand has more coffee roasters per capita than anywhere else in the world.
  • If you really want a taste of New Zealand’s coffee culture, head to Wellington!

Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

National Coffee Shops

These are the chain coffee shops you’ll find all over the country, mostly in larger towns & cities.


Auckland Coffee Shops

  • Sierra Coffee // Multiple locations
  • Albert Park café // 18 Kitchener St
  • Remedy Coffee // 1 Wellesley St w
  • Atomic Coffee // 72-86 Halsey St

New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

Wellington Coffee Shops


New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

Christchurch Coffee Shops


Dunedin Coffee Shops


New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

Napier Coffee Shops


Nelson Coffee Shops


New Zealand Coffee Guide: 29 Best Coffee Shops in New Zealand

Other Coffee Shops in New Zealand

Some of my favorite coffee shops outside of major cities/hubs

Oamaru

  • Harbour St Collective Café  // 8 Harbour St
  • Steam Café // 7 Thames St

Hanmer Springs

  • The Roasted Bean // 47 Amuri Ave

Taupo

  • Kefi // 47 Horomatangi St

Leave a comment with YOUR favorite New Zealand Coffee Shops below! Let’s spread the word of good coffee.

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

4 comments

  1. There is something about a New Zealand coffee that is so smooth, much different from the US. We just came home from a NZ vacation and find that there is a difference. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

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