Live the Digital Nomad Life with 13 Christchurch Cafés That Have Free Wifi

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A necessity in homes, workplaces and public spaces – but wifi connections in cafés, bars and restaurants can feel few and far between.

We've hunted out the handful of Christchurch establishments which have added wifi to their menus.

The Little High Eatery

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255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Take your pick from the smorgasbord of work, study or web-surfing snacks on offer at the coolest inner-city food court. Park up at a booth, table or bar seat in the busy hub that’s open nearly all day and night with indoor and outdoor seating aplenty.

Little High is all about options for its customers, and internet connection is no different – it’s available through Little High’s own portal and one provided by the Christchurch City Council. Home to the famous Bacon Bros, Eightgrains dumplings, Sushi Soldier and others – Little High is always busy, which adds an important side serve of people watching to any visit.

The Origin

95 Westminster Street

This St Albans café has more than an admirable vegan menu, specialty teas and coffees: it also has unlimited wifi. Bringing pristine interiors, a tranquil vibe and a deliciously eclectic menu to the neighbourhood, The Origin is a great place to escape busy-to-the-brim city haunts. Immaculate, fresh interiors in whites and light wood, The Origin has a Scandinavian feel ideal for decluttering your mind before you sit down for a spell online.

The sleek and sophisticated fitout is complimented by an interesting animal product-free menu and cabinet offerings, as well as micro-roasted coffee and a selection of nut mylks and specialty teas.

Grain Coffee

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19 Southwark Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Being co-located with several businesses makes Grain the perfect spot for catching up with work or surfing the net. The good Grain folk offer simple food done well, top notch coffee (and coffee alternatives), along with friendly service and a welcoming vibe. Let the light and bright interior boost your productivity, and enjoy the casual hustle and bustle of this great location. 

Switch New Brighton

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7/78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

For those wanting a casual, friendly café haunt that's close to the beach, Switch New Brighton is your next port of call. Laid back, with plenty of seating options (from comfy couches to barstool perches), Switch has a lot to offer. Kick back with a plate of killer French Toast, grab some caffeine to fuel your creativity, and maybe book yourself in for a beach walk break. Nothing says work-life balance like the sand in your toes and a coffee in your hand. 

Ten27

1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch

Free, unlimited and lightning-quick Wifi is the cherry on top of Ten27’s impressive offering and space spanning two courtyards and a beautiful dining space.

One of the shiniest jewels in Ferrymead’s crown, Ten27 is setup to satisfy your every craving, whether it be a coffee, truffle polenta soldiers, a bourbon-glazed beer burger or just to charge your device and hop online whilst sipping a craft beer and lounging on the couches lined with powerpoints for your convenience – genius.

Little Poms

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294 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

With its humming café vibe and efficient service, Little Poms is a natural fit for those wanting free wifi with the true cafe buzz to back it up.

Conveniently located near the city centre, with plenty of parking and easy bike access, Little Poms should be a regular haunt for remote workers. You'll have no problem grabbing a great corner here to boot up the laptop. If the work day runs over, just pick up and relocate to Pomeroys right next door for a craft beer to finish the day. 

South Town Club

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10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Natural light boosts productivity, and South Town Club has plenty of that. They also have fresh pastries, great coffee and are smack bang in the centre of town. In summer, there's a great courtyard available to catch some rays while you work - you may even strike a sunny day in the cooler months. Pull out the laptop, hook up to the free wifi and enjoy a location with all the convenience of a stylish office. 

Black Betty

165 Madras Street, Christchurch Central

If you're a student at nearby Ara, there's a good chance you've popped into Black Betty for a pick-me-up between classes. But this industrial, rugged café is also a great spot to park up for that study period, making the most of the free wifi and great beats. Black Betty turns out quick coffee, with a great loyalty card system, and has a cabinet stocked up with easy, affordable eats. 

Six Ounces

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178 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

There’s nothing quite like a cosy neighbourhood coffee shop and Six Ounces is exactly that. Clad in refurbished furniture, vintage lamps, plenty of greenery and hand-built cabinetry, the atmosphere inside this wee café is relaxed and inviting. Top that with quality coffee (made with Switch Espresso beans) and you’ve got yourself a new go-to. And free wifi! Sounds like working from home got a whole lot better. 

Addington Coffee Co-op

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297 Lincoln Road, Addington, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Addington Coffee co-op is, simply put, a great café and a true Christchurch institution. You can settle in and watch the hustle and bustle of the fully-functioning roastery while you flick off a few e-mails, and of course, enjoy a cup or two of the black gold with one of their tasty muffins.  

Foundation Café

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60 Cathedral Square Christchurch Central City Christchurch, Christchurch Central City, Canterbury, Christchurch & Canterbury

Foundation Café serves flavoursome fare and coffee. Seamlessly integrated into Otautahi’s world-class library by way of clever design and friendly service, there's no better place to get your 'flow' on than this hub for learning. So sit down, sip on Prima coffee, and get cracking on that to-do list. The central location and plentiful seating makes it a cracking spot for a meeting too. 

Lux Espresso

66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013

Occupying the ground-floor with the Centre of Contemporary Art, this is a cool and stylish place to spend some of your work day. One of the great things about this place is that there’s no pressure to eat and run. Instead, customers are encouraged to stay as long as they like in the space, chatting with the staff, reading the newspaper or simply getting some mahi done.  

Park Ranger

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114 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Park Ranger sits on a leafy corner of Riccarton Road, only a stone’s throw from Riccarton Bush. With its abundance of flowers and plants, the space makes a pretty oasis to get some mahi done away from home. Couple that with excellent coffee - courtesy of Embassy Coffee - and an assortment of baked goods, Park Ranger is a place to go and explore. 

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