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Cafés & Pubs

beer pub near National Parliament Building, Wellington, NZ

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 caf 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.

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Atlas Beer Cafe

Craft beer and pub-style meals (b,l,d; $$)


'Adventurous ales & hearty food' (l,d; $$)

Cardrona Hotel

Pub fare in a superb setting (b,l,d; $$)

Emerson's Brewery

A truly great beer story! (l,d; $$)

Kai Whakapai

Wanaka's legendary cafe & bar (b,l,d; $$)

Monteith's Brewing Co

The West Coast brew since 1868 (l,d; $$)

South Sea Hotel

Classic Kiwi pub & rooms (b,l,d; $$)

Speights Brewery & Ale House

Dunedin's "Pride of the South"

Tuatara Brewery

Wellington's oldest craft brewery (l,d; $$)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Bruce Tuten