Where to drink coffee out of Auckland this summer

Heading out of Auckland over the next few weeks? Here’s our list of where to go so you can keep caffeinated (or decaffeinated if that is more your thing) with the best Kōkako brews outside of the 09 on the road or at the campgrounds this summer. And since it is the holiday season for some, we’d recommend a quick call or Facebook message to double-check on opening times.


Fresh Kaiwaka - 1954 State Highway 1, Kaiwaka 0573

Mark and Anna, proprietors of Fresh Kaiwaka, are good people of the north. You may remember them from their old location not far away in Mangawhai. Now serving the community of Kaiwaka and beyond and conveniently located right on State Highway One you’ll find Mark on the espresso machine making exceptional Kōkako Mahana coffees, and you’ll get an opportunity to taste Annas amazing gourmet pies, baking, and salads.

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Parsley Pot - 786 Sandspit Road RD2, Snells Beach, Warkworth

Parsley Pot is a secret place tucked away in gorgeous cottage gardens, halfway between Warkworth and Snells Beach and hidden away from everywhere but still close to the action of the east coast. This family-run farm to table cafe offers a considered menu alongside an excellent selection of cabinet food. Parsley Pot is vegan and vegetarian-friendly with gluten-free options, and dogs are welcome too!

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Mr Grind — 2 Wharf Road Warkworth, Auckland

In a little spot very close to the Mahurangi River in Warkworth you'll find Mr Grind, but there's no 'Mr' there, instead, you'll find Sally, the owner-operator who prides herself on making the best flat whites in town! Grab a cup of our Mahana Blend and stroll down to the river at the bottom of the street to sip it in peace - be sure to grab yourself the dark chocolate and peanut butter smoothie bowl!

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From The Heart Wholefood Cafe — 312 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa

Not too far from Auckland central, and much closer to the slow summer life, you'll find the team at From the Heart. Just a few hops back from Orewa beach they're serving Kōkako on their baby blue La Marzocco (or through their Nitro tap!) and the best smoothies for miles. As the name would suggest, you’ll find a seasonal menu loaded with wholefood goodies - including vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free options. Whether you’re down for wraps, soup or lasagne there’s something for everyone. Make sure you finish with their amazing peppermint chocolate slice.

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Power Plant Organics — 37-41 Bank Street, Whangarei, Northland 0110

An oasis, Power Plant Organics is a 100 per cent plant-based wholefood and organic store and cafe located conveniently in Whangarei town centre. You’ll find both sweet and savoury dishes, deliciousness like their dhal bowls, frittatas and cabinets loaded with fresh salads. Then there’s the rotating offering of raw cheesecakes, tiramisu, strawberries and cream — and more recently the decaf mocha raw cheesecake. Wash it all down with our coffee and some Mama Zing Kombucha, especially on a hot sunny day.

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Little Red - 7 Cove Road Waipu, Northland

Little Red is a cafe for holidays, located in a bright red shipping container next to the site of a 1940s engineering workshop that now sells beautiful vintage gifts and stylish things for your home. Here you’ll find freshly baked cheese and black pepper scones — a favourite with the locals and definitely one to pair with your coffee! On a hot day, it's impossible to look past the handmade real fruit ice blocks with flavours ranging from strawberries and cream to feijoa with pear chunks. Little Red is a must-visit for refuelling if passing through and yes they have Kōkako nitro cold brew on tap!

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Helena Bay Cafe - 1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei

Definitely a bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit. In addition to a seasonal kitchen menu, you’ll find a great range of cabinet food, so you’re covered from pastries and coffee right through to dinner. There’s amazing coffee obviously - and the views are really something, overlooking a valley of native bush. The cafe is also connected to an amazing art and sculpture gallery and garden, with some fabulous artworks, handicrafts, furniture to take home!

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Makana Kerikeri - 504 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

A magical place with stunning surroundings you’ll find exceptional food and coffee alongside the chocolate factory (there are even FREE SAMPLES!). For a hot summer day, grab yourself a homemade gelato or iced chocolate - all the ice creams, gelato, and sorbets are made on site. It would be difficult to leave without taking home some chocolates and Macadamia Butter Toffee Crunch too perhaps!

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Kai 2 Go Kohukohu — 41 Beach Road, Kohukohu

This small food joint in Kohukohu has a menu that is vast and accommodating ensuring repeat visits. Favourites include the fish burgers (though you’ll find vegetarian burgers on the menu too), vegan toasted wraps and pizzas - with carb-less options available. If you’re keeping it light, the hot chips and rewana bread are on point if you just want a snack to go with your long black.

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Flock Tairua   227 Main Road, Tairua

The coastal paradise of the Coromandel Peninsula is widely regarded as a must-visit and we're lucky enough to have some amazing outposts along its east coast. You’ll find super friendly staff and good wifi with a chill outdoor vibe and apart from our coffee, there is also plenty of beer. They also do an amazing eggs benedict but check that they're open for breakfast beforehand. This place rules!

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Six Forty Six Whangamata — 646 Port Road, Whangamata

If the Coromandel is your jam then this summer, be sure to take stop into Six Forty Six in Whangamata to fuel up before kayaking out to Whenuakura, or heading to the beach. The vibe is super relaxed and they're serving our nitro cold brew, Forage + Bloom's Sparkling Iced Tea and local beer on tap! You’ll also freshly baked pastries and other homemade goodies on offer alongside a seasonal menu. Grab yourself a coffee and some salted caramel slice and head to the beach!

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The Porch Kitchen and Bar Waihi  —23 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach

Renowned for its continental style food, Porch Kitchen and Bar is in the heart of The Village at Waihi Beach. A great place to hang out with friends and family during the daytime, or perhaps head down in the evening (they are fully licensed) where you’ll find live music from local artists in the weekend. Cabinets are stocked daily with homemade baked goods - it's also dog-friendly if you’re travelling with your best friend.

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Bay of Plenty

Elizabeth — 247 Cameron Road, Tauranga

Always worth a visit when in Tauranga, Elizabeth’s day menu has your familiar favourites like smashed avo and waffles, kumara fries and aioli, alongside great coffee. There’s sparkling water on tap and for those inclined, that fish or aubergine burger can be paired with a Sauvignon Blanc or cold beer.

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Henry + Ted — 5 Golden Sands Drive, Papamoa Beach, Papamoa

Away from busy Mount Maunganui and with the beach just two minutes walk away, Henry + Ted is a must when visiting the Mount. You can order from the menu or from the cabinet; the offering is always fantastic though makes choosing very difficult! Favourites include the creamy mushrooms, savoury scones, and ginger slice! (there’s also excellent vegetarian and vegan options). Henry + Ted is definitely one of the best spots in Papamoa to spend a morning before (or after) hitting the surf or the local markets.

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Mixture — 436 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui

Locals will recommend this place to everyone, they’ll tell you it’s the best coffee in town (no bias of course)! You won’t be hard-pressed to choose something, with an extensive kitchen menu and cabinets fully loaded with amazing treats such as their date and orange scones. There are options for everyone, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and even keto!

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Hawkes Bay

Mahia Service Centre — 1484 Nuhaka Opoutama Road, Hawkes Bay

Mahia's permanent population sits at around 700 but people have been travelling to the peninsula since forever ago. Beautiful Rongomaiwahine once lured Kahungunu to Mahia and when he finally arrived he was delighted to find that the stories were not exaggerated — it's true, the place is stunning. So when Tina, Dee and Mike, owner-operators of the Mahia Service Centre, got it to touch we jumped at the chance for our little bird to compliment such a jaw-dropping part of our country.

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Mitzi + Twinn — 118 Heretaunga Street, Hastings

Melissa and Harriet, the women behind Mitzi and Twinn, have been feeding the people of Hawkes Bay by way of grazing platters for a few years now. Drop-in for a delicious breakfast or lunch and if it's too hot for espresso, know you can order our nitro cold brew on tap instead!

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Hapi — 89 Hastings Street, Napier South, Napier

For hot summer days, pop into Hapi for our Nitro Cold Brew on tap — this high vibing eatery is perhaps one of the healthiest places you can eat in New Zealand! In addition to the vegetarian, vegan eatery, there’s a selection of locally produced goods available to take home like organic miso made from Hawkes Bay grown black soybeans! Their cabinet display is something of wonder, with all the food well presented and the staff continuously preparing organic nutrient-dense menu items just behind the counter. Salad options are beyond amazing, the tofu stuffed sushi roll also notable, scrambled eggs with house-made kimchi on paleo toast! Divine. And there’s also complimentary cucumber-infused water.

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Tasman Region

Herb + Olive  — 62 High Street Blenheim

Herb + Olive is a wholefood cafe based in Blenheim, Marlborough — a beautiful space located in what was once the old bank. Richard and his team are passionate about local seasonal produce and their shelves are stocked with goods supporting local producers. You’ll also find Real Rad Food slices and The Midnight Baker Freedom Loaf on the menu. You’ll find the best avocado on toast, açaí bowls, and excellent coffee. If you're in need of beans for home. Herb + Olive grinds fresh so you’ll not be caught short. If you’re passing through this is the perfect spot to pull into for a salad, coffee, and a raw vegan slice.

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The Kitchen — 111 Bridge Street, Nelson

Pick up some wholesome treats to fuel your adventures while around these parts. The spot is perfect for what owners Grant and Sherilyn Maxwell aim to provide: quality healthy food and to create a sense of community. There’s something for everyone — and plenty for vegetarians and vegans. Expect down-to-earth wholefood menu options including vegan banana waffles, Thai coconut curry and open sourdough sandwiches alongside our coffee. And to go with that coffee, we strongly recommend the delicious squaffle; a hybrid between a scone and waffle!

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