Road trippin’

As you make your way around this country of contrasts seeking out the best places by the water, you’ll be wanting to find a great place to sample some local fare and grab a coffee to keep you fuelled up for the day.

2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre, Café and Bar – Taupo

If you’re driving through Taupo this summer, swing by the 2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre on Lake Terrace where a building set on stilts over the lake will provide a much welcome break in your journey.

Green Caravan Café – Anakiwa, Queen Charlotte Sound

Weary walkers, bikers and kayakers exploring the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds can revive themselves with a flat white at an unexpected little coffee stop opposite the Anakiwa jetty.

Compass Coffee – Seaview Marina, Lower Hutt

New Zealand’s first and only “drive through” café for boaties can be found at Seaview Marina, adjacent to the Lowry Bay Yacht Club in Lower Hutt.

Nin’s Bin – Kaikoura Coast

Think Kaikoura and crayfish comes to mind – indeed it’s the town’s directive to you: “kai” meaning food/eat in Maori and “koura”, Maori for crayfish.

Shuckleferry – Mahurangi Harbour

Phil Morris is an oyster farmer. He wants to spread the word about the mighty Pacific oyster and he wants people to know more about how they’re grown and harvested.

Bethells Beach Café – Bethells Beach, West Auckland

Bethells Beach – or Te Henga – is one of Auckland’s best-loved west coast beaches attracting surfers, fishers, glow-worm hunters and day-trippers out for a brisk and restorative walk along the black volcanic sand bordered by impressive dunes.

Waterfront checks out these six spots to whet your whistle – and your appetite – including a special harbour tour with benefits, thrown in for good measure…


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