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Brewing Dreams: Hannah & Andrew Childs of Churly’s CBD

Nestled in the heart of Wellington, Churly’s CBD is the latest venture from Andrew and Hannah Childs – the dynamic duo behind Behemoth Brewing.

Eat Your Heart Out: Culinary Delights in Wellington's Te Ngākau Civic Precinct

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Here are the best places to eat in and around Te Ngākau Civic Precinct, the heart of Wellington city.

Meet Five Shopkeepers from Wellington's Te Ngākau Civic Precinct

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From beauty salons to clothing stores and ceramic shops to jewellers, these are the people running the Te Ngākau Civic Precinct’s businesses.

10 Top Spots For A Dry July Drink In Christchurch

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Christchurch & Canterbury

Every year people around the country commit to being alcohol free for Dry July. For some the motivation is to raise money for charity, for others, it’s more of a personal challenge and one that can often lead to longer-term lifestyle changes. In years gone by this might have meant ordering a soda with lime when you met friends at the pub on the weekend. But the times they are a-changin’ – and with growing demand for more interesting and varied alcohol-free beverages, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice if you’re dipping your toe into teetotalism this Dry July in Christchurch.

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.

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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An ethereal green glow emanates from the windows of what looks to be another garage workshop in Christchurch's industrial neighbourhood of Phillipstown.


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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...


Interior of NOKI in Christchurch with wooden furnishings, green leather chairs, white-tiled countertop and framed art prints including someone sticking their finger in a fried egg
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.


Wooden interior of Tosca in Remuera Auckland with smiling barista standing behind counter with coffee menu in background
Place Auckland

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

Neat Planner

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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