Top Coffees & Coffee Places in NZ for International Students

Thursday, October 3, 2019

These are our recommendations for the best coffee across the country – all the iStudent team weighed in with their suggestions and we collected the best to create this list! For the coffee connoisseur or the coffee casual, we will let you decide your favourite of the bunch by trying them all (this list is in alphabetical order).


Black and White Coffee Cartel, Victoria Street, Christchurch.

Known as New Zealand’s first micro-roasting coffee franchise, Black & White Coffee Cartel is expanding around New Zealand. In 2014, Bink Bowler arrived in Christchurch with a vision, he partnered with his brother Luke and former All Black Reuben Thorne, and in 2015 83 Victoria Street was opened. Today, it is a well-known and iconic store with excellent coffee and fantastic staff. Love the coffee aroma? It’s all roasted on-site, so enjoy!

Bespoke Coffee Specialist, Albert street, Auckland.
This little coffee shop in the heart of Auckland’s CBD is tiny and out of the way but boasts incredible coffee. The friendly service is also a big bonus. If you can’t make it to the store then we recommend getting an Uber Eats morning combo of a bacon egg muffin, cookie and a coffee for just $11.50 (not including the Uber Eats fee)!

Cafe Fenice, Oneroa, Waiheke Island.
We can’t think of many nicer places to have a tasty coffee with an ocean view. Because of the reasonable prices, we recommend having a coffee in the morning with a croissant. Fenice is almost worth a Fullers ferry trip by itself!


Café Mirabelle, Carterton.
The best coffee in the Wairarapa region, also has some incredible food. This European/French café is authentic and delicious – come here for a European, fine-dining experience on the Carterton main road. You can’t go past picking a selection of pastries and sitting down to eat them with a coffee!

Good Earth Café, Dunedin.
The organic fair-trade coffee and organic fresh food at this establishment on Cumberland Street in North Dunedin is well worth the trip. At this highly-rated café it is recommended that you stop-by for brunch so you can sample some of the creative cuisine on offer while you sip your coffee.


Hangar Café, Dixon Street, Wellington.
The aptly named Hangar is where Flight Coffee started in 2012 and is now the place where staff can share how they roast coffee with customers. Hangar is well known by Wellingtonians as one of the best coffee spots in a town that is spoiled for choice.

Havana Coffee Works, Tory Street, Wellington.
The creators of COFFEEUFEEL, their headquarters on Tory street is iconic and in a 1959 Art deco building. They’ve been around since 1989 and their coffee is super tasty because their beans are roasted with a mixture of heart and their vast roasting experience.

Midnight Espresso, Cuba street, Wellington.
A Wellington icon, this is the place to come if you are having a late night and need some caffeine to sustain you through a long night. This café is open from 7:30am to 3am and serves great coffee from dawn, to dusk, to twilight and early morning. This is the place to come for a late-night snack and coffee to keep you on the go.

Prefab, Wellington.
This casual and modern café produces fantastic coffee and mouth-wateringly delicious food. The best time to head to Prefab is at brunch, where you can experience their impeccable service and delicious coffees alongside some of their innovative food. This place is always busy but once you have been seated meals and drinks always arrive promptly.

Steam, Oamaru.
This is a café that loves to decorate their coffee’s with everything from cats, flowers and saxophones on the foam top of your flat white. Exceptional service and a wide range of cabinet food compliment your coffee choice. Also, it’s just around the corner from Steampunk HQ New Zealand!

Takapuna Beach Café and Store, Auckland.
Located right next to Takapuna beach, the sea views, coffee, baking and gelato are all delicious here. From spring to summer this is the place to be when you visit Auckland’s north shore.

Stoked Eatery, Te Kuiti.
Reportedly the best restaurant in Te Kuiti also has the tastiest coffee. Located in the renovated Te Kuiti railway station, the meals here are very generous and they have a three for $25 deal on bar snacks everyday – the perfect coffee companion.


Urban Grind, Wanaka.
Across the road from the beautiful lake Wanaka, this café is known for its delicious coffees and hot chocolates, as well as its upstairs function space and extensive menu. A great place to eat in the morning and watch the people pass by.

Vanessa’s Cottage Café, Hampden, Otago.
There’s a reason why this place has such a good reputation. Homemade food and incredible coffee made with love – a takeaway pie and coffee from Vanessa’s are recommended.


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