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One of the Locals: The Insiders' Guide to Queenstown

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Forget about Google recommendations. We’ve teased insider tips out of the people that know Queenstown best, to bring you a list of locally approved places to eat, shop and get together.

Neat Places Team Picks: Where to Go for an Evening Tipple

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We all have a go-to, that place where we can keep returning for a reliable tipple, time and time again – whether it's a darn good margarita, a freshly brewed beer or an organic wine.

Meet Sung Park: The Triple Shot Threat of Christchurch’s Café Scene

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Operating one successful business in the hospitality sector is no mean feat – but managing three thriving establishments? Well, that’s something else. Sung Park, together with his wife Jenny, is the mastermind behind Christchurch’s beloved café trio: Lux, Doubles and Akin.

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.

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

Kong

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Ready to flee the 21st century for the night? We know just the place.

Shelly Bay Baker on Leeds Street

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Place Wellington
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When the call of carbs rings out loudly in Wellington, follow the scent of freshly baked bread down Leeds Street and through the door of Shelly Bay Baker.

Glou Glou

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Place Wellington
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Located inside Wellington’s iconic Exchange Building on Allen Street, Glou Glou is an upmarket casual cafe that is ultra sleek yet laid-back enough to warrant a daily...

Two Thumb Brewing Co. – Harbourside

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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For years Diamond Harbour residents have been patiently waiting for a local watering hole; a venue to catch up with their neighbours and somewhere to kick back and relax...

NOKI

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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On the corner of Papanui Road and Bealey Ave, NOKI harnesses the deliciousness of Korean ingredients to make brunch interesting again.

The Bank

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Place New Plymouth & Taranaki

Eltham. A town well known not only for its gourmet cheese offerings but also for its unrivalled vintage and second-hand shopping scene.

Tosca

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Place Auckland

Tosca, a beloved espresso bar nestled in the heart of Remuera's vibrant 1050 precinct, has quickly become a local favourite.

Holiday

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Place Auckland

Who doesn't love the feeling of being on holiday? That’s the ethos behind Holiday, an understated café in Mount Eden aiming to bring the relaxed joy of a...


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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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One of a Kind Finds in Downtown Tauranga

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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.

Insider's Food Guide to Downtown Tauranga

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Downtown Tauranga

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.

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