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New Zealand’s Coffee Carts – take one

December 14, 2009

In China there are tea houses, but in New Zealand there are coffee carts.

It has been said that wherever you go in New Zealand, you will always find good coffee. Perhaps a little odd since the country doesn’t produce it, but if you knew something about New Zealanders, it doesn’t seem odd at all. We love coffee.

Coffee carts have been a part of the New Zealand landscape for as long as I can remember. These were usually found in and around urban areas next to corporate offices, inside train stations, and big city airports.

Things have changed and now carts serving some of the country’s best tasting coffee — and tea– can be found practically anywhere.

I started documenting these carts — at the request of my boyfriend — and decided to share some with readers.

by Cate

This cute cart lives next to the train stop in the town of Taihape. It’s been in operation for a year, and is popular with travellers. Coffee, tea and souvenirs are for sale as well as New Zealand’s favourite ice cream called a snow freeze (like Mr Whippy but nicer).

by Cate

Christchurch’s Arts market located around the Christchurch museum, is a popular spot for locals and visitors. The market has a mix of arts and crafts on sale, as well as food carts and of course, the occasional coffee cart. Even in winter New Zealander’s love to sit outdoors. The country’s smoking policy has a lot to do with it, but crisp fresh air and bright sunny days attracts people outdoors.

by Cate

I wonder if it ever gets lonely working there?

If you come across one of these carts, be adventurous and try one of their coffees. You won’t regret it.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. Bear permalink
    December 14, 2009 11:41 pm

    A solo espresso from a cart in a nice setting … what could be better?

    Maybe if it also came with slice of lemon cake 😉

    • December 16, 2009 6:38 pm

      Oddly enough Bear I didn’t see any lemon slice, but that could be because it’s summer

  2. December 15, 2009 10:17 pm

    I just found your blog on SheWrites and I have to say, your photos are eye-popping; the carts. the peonies, the sunsets — whatever happened with the Happy Snapper, you recovered nicely! Gorgeous. I’ve put you on my blogroll and would love to join yours!

    • December 16, 2009 6:34 pm

      Thanks Melanie!! yes I’ll add you to mine, hopefully within the next few days. I’m in between computers and internet relying on NZ’s libraries.


  3. December 16, 2009 1:29 am

    I need one of those coffee carts on my front porch. The red one would do nicely, just seeing it would wake me right up! As always, beautiful shots. Hope you are enjoying your time back home.

    • December 16, 2009 6:35 pm

      Lorraine – I’ll pack one up and send it over to you!!

  4. December 17, 2009 8:32 am

    Those carts look so sweet. I love street-side vendors, and if they’re peddling good coffee, all the better. -X

  5. December 17, 2009 4:31 pm

    I wish coffee carts were a bigger trend around the world. I think in a place like NZ my consumption would trip simply due to the ease of access.

  6. December 21, 2009 9:15 pm

    Xander and Anil – I love the easy access no need to wait in a cafe. And they do good coffee plus tea and cool drinks. A great idea which I must take back to the northern hemisphere with me.


  7. December 24, 2009 4:33 am

    i love these coffee carts.

    Reminds me of the ones lining up the streets of manhattan, and you can see so many people grabbing a coffee, paper and may be a smoke as they make their way towards work at unholy hours. Well, i had to on a few days and never have i loved these carts more :)!


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