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New on Neat Places: Downtown Tauranga

With its long summers, mild winters and picturesque beaches, Tauranga is bountiful with natural assets. Outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves right at home, but those partial to enjoying the hospitality and culture a city has to offer won’t go without: there’s plenty of this good stuff too.

The Wine Bars Winning Over Christchurch Ōtautahi

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Whether you prefer a pinot or crave a cabernet, we’ve got your guide to the neatest wine bars winning over Ōtautahi locals and visitors alike.

One of a Kind Finds in Downtown Tauranga

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Downtown Tauranga

Discover a variety of unique offerings from some of Tauranga’s most loved local businesses and brands.

Veto’s Charlotte Greer’s Guide to Downtown Tauranga

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Downtown Tauranga

Meet Charlotte Greer. She runs Veto, which produces everyday cleaning products designed to save money and space without causing waste. Here’s her guide to Downtown Tauranga.

8 Businesses Championing Sustainability in Christchurch Ōtautahi

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Championing sustainability is no easy feat, but these businesses are walking the walk and making a positive impact on the world around us.

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

Small Mercies

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Place Auckland
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Auckland’s Small Mercies is a whole lot more than just a donut shop— it’s a warm and inviting space, alive with the aromas of specialty coffee and...

The Beer Library

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Listen up craft beer lovers of Christchurch and beyond, if you haven’t already visited The Beer Library, you must rectify this situation immediately.

Swoon Store

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Everything you need to know about this store is in the name.


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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Prepare to be wowed by the thoughtful and beautifully executed Inati.

Hotel Montreal

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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While most hotel bars and restaurants are often only frequented by out-of-towners, we’ve found the exception – and it’s a very stylish one.


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Place Auckland
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Firstly Australia, and with locations in the UK, the nature company Unyoked has at long last made it to the shores of New Zealand.

Miss Gee’s

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Place Downtown Tauranga
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Miss Gee’s is a specialty cocktail lounge nestled in the heart of Tauranga’s city centre.

Oscar and Otto

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Place Downtown Tauranga
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Open seven days a week, Oscar and Otto has earned its reputation as one of Tauranga’s most well known eateries for its consistently compelling offering and friendly...

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Looking for something to do? Whether you’re a local, new in town or just passing through, we’ve rounded up the best things happening across New Zealand – from neighbourhood parties to restaurant pop-ups, boutique festivals and more.

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Insider's Food Guide to Downtown Tauranga

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Nestled amidst the condensed streets and waterfront views, downtown Tauranga has a culinary offering that will both pleasantly surprise and plentifully satisfy.

New Brighton Good Life Guide: Elisha Blogg

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Elisha Blogg grew up in pre-quake Christchurch before taking off overseas for nearly ten years. When she was pregnant with their first child, Elisha and her partner Mike moved to Christchurch to be closer to the much-appreciated support of her folks, and landed in New Brighton in 2018. Six years, two tiny humans, one very needy black cat and their second New Brighton home later, they have immersed themselves into the culture and community. They cannot imagine living in any other part of Ōtautahi Christchurch. We chatted to Elisha about her favourite experiences in New Brighton and what makes it special.

The Best of Winter Fest: 6 Must-See Shows & Where to Go in Between

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New Plymouth & Taranaki
As the cooler days close in, there’s a sense that hibernation mode has hit many pockets of the country, where leaving the house past 5pm starts to feel worthy of a standing ovation. But over in Taranaki, things are only just warming up as the arrival of winter brings with it one of the most exciting cultural festivals in Aotearoa’s calendar. Winter Fest plays host to award-winning homegrown talents, who set the town alight with a wonderland of ideas, words, and stories told through a kaleidoscope of genres, from comedy to music to theatre. With over 30 shows across 10 days (6-16 June), there’s something for everyone – but we’ve gone ahead and picked six events we’re most looking forward to. And, in keeping with the spirit of Neat Places, we’re inviting you to make a day out of each spectacle, with bonus recommendations for pre-show dinners, daytime cultural fixes, independent boutique shopping, and cosy nightcaps in New Plymouth and the wider region.

The Complete Wellness Guide to Queenstown

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Words by: Maggie Worthington Photos by: Anna Briggs and Supplied 

Best Queenstown Walks & Where to Treat Yourself Afterwards

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The Queenstown region is a hiker’s paradise, with an abundance of tracks etched into its incredible landscape. From easy-going paths skirting the lake’s shores, to rugged alpine terrains and serene trails through native bush, we’ve put together 10 of our favourite picturesque walks for every level. And because no good adventure is complete without a culinary indulgence (we’re not talking about the muesli bar stashed in your pocket), we’ve paired each trail with some delicious recommendations, including great coffee, flaky pastries, crafty brews and hearty meals. So lace up your boots and let’s get going…

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