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Hayes Common's Lisa Quarrie on the Future of Hospitality and Adaption

Hayes Common in Hamilton Kirikiriroa optimises everything you want in a local neighbourhood spot. We speak with owner Lisa Quarrie on how to craft a successful café. 

A Parnell Guide to Christmas

Colourful items of clothes on a rack under bright lights.

Take a trip to Auckland’s oldest suburb, wander the historic buildings and beautiful shops, and embrace the Christmas magic of Parnell.

Best Summer Day Trips from Wellington

A view of a white light house at dusk at Castlepoint in New Zealand.

Got nothing planned for the weekend? There are plenty of options for an impromptu day trip from Wellington - here are some of the best.

The North Island's Top Seaside Holiday Spots

A view of Castlepoint from the sky.

Everyone knows Aotearoa is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, and one of the distinguishing factors of its North Island is the beaches it boasts. The warmer climate and lengthy beaches combine to tempt even the most reluctant swimmers, whether on the rugged, windswept shores of the West Coast or the serene, golden sands of the East.

Finest Fit Outs: Hamilton’s Most Aesthetically Pleasing Spaces

A customer being served by a staff member at Cafe Kopi.

Hamilton may not boast the same abundance of hotspots as New Zealand's larger urban centres, yet it harbours establishments that stand in a league of their own. Here you’ll find some of the finest fit-outs in the country.

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

Peoples Coffee Roastery

A man with child sitting on a couch at Peoples Coffee in Wellington, New Zealand.
Place Wellington
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Head to Newtown, venture a bit further past the chaotic and colourful Riddiford Street, and you’ll stumble across Peoples Coffee’s roastery HQ café, the...

St Martha

The bright and beautiful counter at St Martha In Havelock North.
Place Hastings
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The Havelock North dining scene continues to trend positively, fuelled recently by its latest addition, St Martha.

Noble Rot

A seating area inside Noble Rot wine bar in Wellington.
Place Wellington
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Boasting an almost 1,000-strong wine list, it’s no surprise that Noble Rot is widely considered Wellington's premier wine bar.

Movementor Pilates

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Movementor is a well-known Pilates studio situated within the Beckenham hub at the corner of Christchurch’s Colombo and Tennyson Streets.

Frances Nation Home

A close up of rings in a glass cabinet.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

A store devoted to celebrating beautiful, made-to-last daily wares from New Zealand makers.

Sumer Art Gallery

The purple and white exterior of Sumer gallery in Auckland.
Place Auckland
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It’s hard to miss. The building façade is painted in semaphore-like triangles of bright purple and white, located centrally on Beach Road near Britomart.

Wild River & Co

A woman holding a large bouquet of pink flowers.
Place Hamilton
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It’s rare for a store to blur the lines between floral studio and community hangout spot, but then Wild River & Co.

Dune Café

Customers sitting at tables inside Dune Cafe New Brighton.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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On the corner of Bridge Street and Estuary Road in the heart of South Brighton, you’ll find Dune Café.


The Best Vegan-friendly Spots in Wellington

Two hands holding a vegan pastry on a plate.
Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or keen to dip your toes in this culinary world, Wellington is the place to be.

Rolleston Fields: Experience the New Side to Rolleston

The exterior of the Rolleston library on a sunny day.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Hit the motorway heading south from the centre of Christchurch, and in a mere 15-20 minutes, you’ll arrive in New Zealand’s fastest-growing town, Rolleston. Once dubbed “the town of the future”, it’s apparent this is now very much a reality with a booming population, plenty of investment and exciting new developments appearing on the scene. With its modern, design-led town centre, it’s clear to see why so many people from around the country and further afield are choosing to call Rolleston home.

48 Hours Port Chalmers

The sun setting over Port Chalmers.
What is it about port towns that’s so alluring? Is it the constant motion against the dramatic landscape; the people, a potpourri of creatives, earthy lifestylers with owner-operated businesses and salty locals; or a combination of it all? Whatever it is, Dunedin's Port Chalmers has it in spades.

The Finest Guide to Exploring Te Aka Ōtākou Otago Harbour Trail

Three people biking on a bike trail over water.

One of the newest cycle trails to hit New Zealand Aotearoa is the Te Aka Ōtākou in Dunedin. This stunning 30+ km trail circumnavigates its way around the inner Otago Harbour from Port Chalmers to Portobello with a standout 10-minute scenic ferry service to cross the Harbour.

A Walking Wonders Art Tour of Hastings Heretaunga

An eagle painted on to a wall.

Ever since 1931, Hawke’s Bay has been ahead of the curve when it comes to art: the Napier earthquake prompting a rebuild which saw the city reinvent itself, art deco style. Although Napier required more of a rebuild, Hastings was certainly not exempt and many of those Art Deco and Spanish Mission-style buildings still stand today.

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