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New Zealand’s rural cafes, where coffee and lifestyles meet

July 1, 2009

Coffee, tea, cafes, tend to be synomous with city dwelling — with the exclusion of Europe. More often than not a country or rural cafe will serve some tasty wholesome food but forget about serving the kinds of coffee highly sought after in cities. Not so in New Zealand. Stop virtually anywhere in this country, small towns, villages, even gas stations, and the chances of enjoying a well made delicious tasting brew are high. Not everywhere, but almost.

It could be said that New Zealanders like Australians, love their coffee, but another reason why cafes are found throughout rural areas is lifestyle. Professionals retire to a rural setting bringing with them new concepts and ideas adopted from the city. A common trend throughout western countries, even more so in New Zealand as most small rural towns are located within easy travel distance to cities and large towns.  Don’t be surprised if the person behind the counter has qualifications beyond coffee maker, cook or barista.

by Cate

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Coffee prices are standard in the cities and countryside, there is no competiton or price undercutting. Cafes appear to be, on the surface, one big happy family. Decor inside the cafes vary to reflect not just the clientele and location, but perhaps the cafe owner. Creativity runs freely in rural cafes and recycling is widely practiced.

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A charming feature of these cafes is that they often take over old barns, farm sheds, run down shops, and colonial villas. Of course these will have been rennovated, some with courtyards filled with wild flowers, others have tired old wooden verandahs attached. And, there are those cafes resurrected from slumped economies and given new life with bold coats of paint.

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Rural cafes are not just places for coffee lovers to hang out, they are more often hubs for tea drinkers, back-packers and weary travellers. Wherever you go, the food will be delicious, the drink soothing and the atmosphere enjoyable. Because in the countryside, the pace is slow and life is less hectic. There is no need to rush.

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Make a spontaneous stop at one of the many rural cafes found throughout New Zealand and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Caffeinated Traveller

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5 Comments
  1. July 1, 2009 7:15 pm

    Appealing description! I’m “in” (soon as I get to New Zealand)!

  2. Bear permalink
    July 2, 2009 1:21 pm

    I have found that I get a better quality of rest when at a local cafe as opposed to a fast food place as I travel. Not that fast food doesn’t have its place. Somehow, hearing the locals go about their everyday is calming and relaxing as opposed to being in the efficient in and out of a faster paced place. I learned this quite by accident when I was a motorcyclist and started frequenting cafes since they have more room to lay out the riding gear as well as more comfy seating.

  3. July 2, 2009 2:09 pm

    Heather – I’m sure you will enjoy these places much more to offer than an urban cafe. Plus the food is delicious.

    Bear – Nice observation, it is interesting how we change our preferences with the more travel we do. I guess fast food places are convenient but whoever said you had to be in a hurry when travelling.

  4. July 3, 2009 3:07 am

    Although I don’t drink coffee, I like the smell of it. Really good and sensational.
    I’ve been to NZ many years ago. Love this beautiful country very much.

  5. Cate permalink
    July 4, 2009 7:10 pm

    Thanks Christine, it is an enjoyable country and so is Australia. Like you I think I really like the aroma of coffee particualary first thing in the morning.

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