About Us

Neat Places is a guide to all the big and beautiful, small and secluded, hustling, bustling favourite spots around New Zealand. From brand spankin’ new cafes to dusty thrift stores, we put everything neat in one easy place. Need help with researching a great restaurant? A local baker? A place to take Grandpa for lunch? We have you covered.

The idea of Neat Places came about following the September 2010 earthquakes. After hearing people say there was “nowhere to go and nothing to do” in Christchurch, founder Marcia Butterfield took matters into her own hands and set about creating a website to encourage them to re-connect with their city during its time of recovery.

Not expecting it to be anymore than a hobby, Marcia together with Johnny Gibson, have turned Neat Places into a guide featuring Auckland, Hamilton, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wanaka. In their spare time Johnny runs a festival (Nostalgia – check it out!) and Marcia chases her six chickens and tries not to kill yet another fruit tree.

Have something neat you think is worth sharing? Get in contact with us via email. Think you're neat? Apply to list on Neat Places over here.

Our Team

A photo of Nancy Zhou.


Nancy Zhou, Photographer + Editorial Co-ordinator

A photo of Jane Lyons.


Jane Lyons, Writer

A photo of Rosie Morrison.


Rosie Morrison, Writer

A photo of Anna Briggs.


Anna Briggs, Photographer

A photo of Abigail Egden.


Abigail Egden, Writer

A photo of Beka Hope.


Beka Hope, Photographer

A photo of Sean Bremen.


Sean Bremen, Designer