Cafés & Pubs
New Zealand is a land of casual dining and you’ll find no shortage of cafes and pubs competing for your dollar.
Just about every small town will have a café and serve a decent coffee. Many cafes will have both counter food and menus. Choose and pay at the register. Others will have servers who will take your order at the table.
Most cafes are open during the day, from 10am to 4pm, but others may also be open for breakfast and/or dinner.
Pubs & Bars
You’ll order meals and drinks at the bar at most pubs, and pay when you order. But as with cafes, some places will have servers who come and take your order at the table.
To have a license to serve alcohol, pubs need to also have a food menu and while some places have stuck to the Bangers & Mash basics, others have evolved into relatively inexpensive culinary experiences.
Not that you’ll have a problem finding a pub, but if you want to plan ahead, check out Publocation.
Cafe or Restaurant?
This is somewhat fuzzy in New Zealand. Places that may be considered as a cafe during the day - and even have the word cafe in their name - may well turn into a town’s top restaurant at night. Don’t forget to also check out our Restaurants page.
Meals & Prices at-a-glance
At-a-glance information has been provided for all eating options in this app with codes in the subtitles of each entry:
b = breakfast
l = lunch
d = dinner
$ = main dishes mostly under $15
$$ = main dishes mostly $15–30
$$$ = main dishes mostly over $30
First Table Will get you 50% off your food bill if you book the participating cafe or pub’s first lunch or dinner table.