Best Urban Wine Experiences in New Zealand

Glasses and a bottle of wine sitting on a table in the outdoor seating area of Puffin Wine Bar in Wellington.
All around New Zealand, we are blessed with incredible wine experiences right in our own urban backyard. No matter your vino preference from a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a Central Otago Pinot Noir or perhaps an interesting blend from a far away European vineyard, you don’t have to travel far to sample and enjoy a glass or two (responsibly of course!).

The Burnt Place

Bench seating at The Burnt Place, Taranaki.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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The Burnt Place is quickly coming home away from home for Hāwera locals with its cosy neighbourhood vibes.

Fenton Art Collective

Landscape on an easel at Fenton Art Collective, Taranaki.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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What do you get if you put art, history, gin and espresso under one roof? An eclectic melting pot like Fenton Art Collective in Taranaki.

Bleached Coffee and Crystal Cylinder

The inside of Bleached Coffee cafe.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Shimmy yourself into Bleached and Crystal Cylinder, an industrial coffee shop slash lifestyle store tucked behind Devon Street West that’s oh so sunny.

Liardet Street Projects

Two food caravans sitting next to each ohter.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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A cohort of cool hospitality vendors come together to create Liardet Street Projects in New Plymouth; an open air foodhall that boasts a variety of authentic street food and...

State Pasta

The blue and white exterior of State Pasta in New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Pasta fans rejoice, State Pasta in New Plymouth has encapsulated the spirit of Italian cuisine without the chintzy decor and questionable operatics.

Nice Hotel and Restaurant

The colourful and luxurious living room inside Nice Hotel.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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At the top of a hill, on the cusp of the green Pukekara...

Shining Peak Brewing

The blue and white exterior of Shining Peak Brewing in New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Drink beer, do good. That’s what Shining Peak Brewing Company boldly encourages patrons to do when they enter their New Plymouth microbrewery.

Tartan Rose Cakery and Deli

A coffee menu on a wall at Tartan Rose in New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Tartan Rose is somewhat tucked away on the fringe of New Plymouth’s centre but you’ll be more than rewarded after your short walk to this incredible cakery and deli.

Wild Pear Kitchen

Woman holding a smoothie at Wild Pear Kitchen, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Wild Pear Kitchen in New Plymouth is a haven for lovers of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, a welcoming and award-winning café that specialises in fresh and tasty...

Ember

Plate of ribs from Ember, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Smouldering embers are commonplace at New Plymouth’s popular restaurant in the suburb of Fitzroy.

Snug Lounge

The red lit interior of Snug Lounge in New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Sometimes things aren’t quite as they seem, and that couldn’t be truer of Snug Lounge in New Plymouth’s West End Precinct.

The Public Catering Company

Close up of treats in the cabinet at Public Catering Company, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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New Plymouth’s White Hart precinct is blessed with a handful of excellent hospitality outlets, and The Public Catering Company is certainly one of them.

Taranaki's Food & Drink Heroes

A man and woman standing outside their cafe Proof and Stock.
Taranaki is a mecca for artisan bakers, brewers, coffee roasters, gin distillers and ice cream makers.

Fork N Knife

Bench seat with cushions at Fork N Knife, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Tucked in behind The Arizona, you’ll discover Fork N Knife, an intimate private function space that goes the distance when it comes to contemporary New Zealand cuisine.

Three Sisters Brewery

Glass of beer on the counter at Three Sisters Brewing, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Three Sisters Brewery is a local brewery doing marvellous things with, you’ve guessed it, beer.

Proof and Stock

Exterior of Proof and Stock, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Stumble a few hundred yards back from the beach, and seek out Proof and Stock, the quintessential coffee outpost inside a converted New Plymouth garage.

Monica's Eatery

Sky blue bench seats at Monica's Eatery, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Monica’s Eatery is ​​eponymously named after the progressive, innovative, creative and generous New Plymouth local, Monica Brewster, who unabashedly loved the arts.

The Best Cafés and Restaurants in New Plymouth

A group of customers dining at tables inside Monica's Eatery with green plants dangling overhead.
For a smaller city, New Plymouth’s hospitality scene punches well above its weight.

Ozone Coffee Roasters

Pouring steamed milk into coffee cup at Ozone Coffee Roasters, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Ozone Coffee Roasters is a resounding global success story, but its origins will forever be in the coastal town of New Plymouth.

Ms White

Two people eating pizza at Ms White, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Sometimes straight up and no-frills is the order of the day.

The Federal Store

Interior view of The Federal Store with customers dining.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Delightfully playful, The Federal Store in New Plymouth will impress any café lover who swings by.

Knead Artisan Donuts

Box of donuts from Knead Artisan Donuts, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Knead’s sell-out specialty donuts are the talk of the town in New Plymouth for very good reason.

Itch Wine Bar

Man up a ladder retrieving bottle of spirits at Itch Wine Bar, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Every town deserves a late-night wine bar as good as New Plymouth's Itch.

Escape Coffee Roasters

Malarky artwork on the exterior of Escape Coffee Roasters, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Unmistakably eye-catching, Escape Coffee Roasters takes pride of place on the corner of New Plymouth’s Liardet Street.

Elixir Café

Club sandwich with chicken and bacon from Elixir, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Elixir Café in New Plymouth is a classic in every sense. Named after a magic potion, the place does operate with a special kind of alchemy.

Emmalou Macaron & Coffee House

Busy cafe scene with lots of customers sitting at tables at Emmalou Macaron & Coffee, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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It’s all in the name.

Billow

Close up of pastries on display at Billow, New Plymouth.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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Hidden down a garlanded alleyway, you’ll discover ‘Quarter Bank’ a collective of

An Art and Food Lover's Guide to Taranaki

A close up of three brightly coloured artworks of flowers on a white wall inside Govett Brewster Art Gallery.
Taranaki, one of the most creative centres in Aotearoa.