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Lydia Harfield of Apostle Hot Sauce - Her Guide to Kāpiti Coast

Meet Kāpiti Coast local Lydia Harfield. She runs Apostle Hot Sauce with her partner Mat. Here are her picks on the best places to experience in Kāpiti Coast.

The Neat Places team’s favourite places to brunch

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Here at Neat Places, we're certainly partial to great food – and brunch is no exception. We've spilled the beans on our team's favourite spots around the country to enjoy a slow morning over eggs, smashed avo, pancakes, omelettes, and more goodness...

Ashburton is the New Black - A New Look Guide to this Mid Canterbury Town

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Just over an hour south of Ōtautahi Christchurch sits the rural township of Hakatere Ashburton. Servicing a greater area of Mid Canterbury, this is where the coast, the mountains, the rivers and the rural landscape meet. For many Cantabrians, this is a town you pass through along journeys north or south, but scratch the surface, and you’ll find much more to Ashburton than you see along the highway.

New Brighton Good Life Guide: Jenna Ingram's Picks of the Neatest Things to do in New Brighton

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Jenna Ingram is a Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised artist, mother, occasional MC/singer, and keen gardener who is slightly obsessed with growing and pickling pickles. She’s also the co-owner and Director of Fiksate Gallery, New Zealand's leading Urban Art gallery. We chatted to Jenna about her experiences in New Brighton and what makes it special.

Neat Pairings: The Best Gift Combos for People You Fancy

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Valentine’s Day or a regular Tuesday, romantic interest or platonic pals – treating the people we love is a 365-day affair in our books.

We celebrate the neat restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries around New Zealand. Whether you're a local or visiting you'll find something on Neat Places to tickle your fancy.

New and Notable


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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A destination on the east side of town, just a stone's throw away from Te Kaha Christchurch stadium, Scoundrel is one of those spots you wander into once and know instantly...

Soul Boul

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Place Hamilton
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Searching for a spot where your goals of health and wellness can be achieved without sacrificing flavour and taste? Soul Boul in Hamilton East’s Made is this place...

The Rabbit, Ashburton

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Rabbit is an exciting eatery in the heart of The Triangle in Ashburton.

Triangle Espresso, Ashburton

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Triangle Espresso is a landmark of Ashburton’s up-and-coming Triangle District.

Smoke Restaurant, Ashburton

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Ashburton's Smoke restaurant is a carnivore's haven specialising in American low and slow barbeque.

Cleavers Corner, Ashburton

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Cleavers Corner is the locals' go-to in Ashburton.

Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Ashburton Art Gallery & Heritage Centre is home to both the town's art gallery and museum.


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Place Kāpiti Coast
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Toi MAHARA is the district public gallery for the Kāpiti Coast. It stands in pride of place in the heart of Waikanae in a purpose-built building designed by Athfield Architects.


Top 10 NZ Body Care Brands

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Most of us have at one time or another picked up a product from the grocery store shelf, scanned the ingredients list and frowned. Line after line of hard-to-pronounce ingredients and additives that make your vision swim, and yet all this often leads to is a quick shrug before adding the item to your basket anyway and carrying on with your life.

Shafeeq Ismail's Favourite Christchurch Food Spots

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Chef Shafeeq Ismail gives us an insight into some of his favourite food spots in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Your Guide to North Island Road Tripping

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The North Island is bountiful in its diverse scenery, from geothermal activity to golden sand beaches, enchanting forests to rolling green farms - it’s a landscape that ticks all the boxes. The North Island is also rich in Māori culture, vibrant cities and authentic Kiwi experiences.

A Beaches, Brews and Views Guide to Kāpiti Coast

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Kāpiti Coast

Kāpiti Coast is renowned for its stunning views, beautiful coastline and petite villages brimming with interesting discoveries. Tucked between the mountainous Tararua Range and the Pacific Ocean, this narrow strip of land is home to creative communities, bakers and brewers, nature lovers and ocean enthusiasts, culinary aficionados and those in search of a slower pace of life.

48 Hours Kāpiti Coast

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Kāpiti Coast
Panoramic views across the ocean, endless sandy beaches, delightful small villages dotted with art galleries, boutiques and cafes, plenty of outdoor activities and world-class accommodation options – it's no wonder Kāpiti Coast is turning into a holiday destination for lots of folks well beyond the capital region.

12 Hour City Itineraries