Regional award winners for 2018 Café of the Year

26 February, 2018 by
Hospitality Business


The Regional Winners of the Best Metro/CBD, Best Suburban, Best Regional Town and Best Rural awards have been announced as part of the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year awards.

Cafés across the nation from Orepuki to Whenuakite have been named regional award winners. For the sixth year running, the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year Awards highlight the diverse, the delicious and the most delightful of our great NZ café culture, shining a light on outstanding cafés across the nation.

A further judging round now commences to identify the national winners of each category, to be announced at an event in Auckland in February along with the supreme award – the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year.


Judging, tasting and deliberating is conducted by a highly-experienced panel led by NZ’s pre-eminent food and restaurant authority, Kerry Tyack.

“The team has been hugely impressed, proving café owners around the country know how to dish up a vast range of satisfying food, to accompany some of the best coffee in the world. It has been a real treat for the panel to see first-hand how truly dynamic the Kiwi café scene is throughout the nation. The journey is not over, as we now have to choose which cafés deserve a national title,” said Kerry.

Katherine Jensen, Meadow Fresh Marketing Director says “Congratulations to the owners and staff of the winning cafés! We hope the regional winners are able to take a moment at this busy time of year to celebrate their success.”




Upper North Island Region | Colenso Café | 895 South Highway 25RD1, Whenuakite

Auckland Region | The Sugar Shed | Cnr Roulston and Devon Lane, Pukekohe

Lower North Island Region | The Clareville Bakery | 3340 SH 2, Clareville, Carterton

Upper South Island Region | The Villa | 14 Whitby Way, Wakefield

Lower South Island Region | Orepuki Beach Café | 33 Stafford Street, Orepuki


Upper North Island Region | The Daily Café | 3 Commerce Ln, Te Puke

Auckland Region | The Butcher’s Shop Café | 4 Patumahoe Rd, Patumahoe

Lower North Island Region | Maina| 2 Havelock Road, Havelock North

Wellington Region | Everest | 17 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston

Upper South Island Region | Fools of Desire | 176 High Street, Conway Lane, Rangiora

Lower South Island Region | Kelly’s Kitchen | 52 Union Street, Milton


Upper North Island Region | Gather Foodhouse | 5 Somerset Street, Frankton, Hamilton

Auckland Region | Friend of the Farmer Café | 163 Airfield Rd, Takanini

Lower North Island Region | Columbus Coffee at Mitre 10 MEGA| 5 Vickers Road, New Plymouth

Wellington Region | Sweet Vanilla Kitchen | 49 Pretoria Street, Lower Hutt

Upper South Island Region | The Old Vicarage | 335 Halswell Road, Halswell

Lower South Island Region | Café Society| 6/32 Grant Road, 5 Mile Shopping Complex, Frankton


Upper North Island Region | Artisan Café | 1149 Tutanekai St, Rotorua

Auckland Region |Welcome Eatery | 181 Grafton Rd, Grafton

Lower North Island Region | The Federal Store| 440 Devon street, Strandon, New Plymouth

Wellington Region | Ekor Book Shop and Café | 17B College Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Upper South Island Region | Hello Sunday | 6A Elgin Street, Christchurch

Lower South Island Region | Precinct Food | 125 Vogel Street, Dunedin


Upper North Island Region | Epiphany Café | Chartwell Shopping Centre, Hamilton

Auckland Region | Nick’s Café | 30 Constable Road, Waiuku

Lower North Island Region | Salt & Pepper Café | 4 Buller Road, Levin

Wellington Region | Sweet Vanilla Kitchen| 49 Pretoria Street, Lower Hutt

Upper South Island Region | Portershed Specialty Café | 322 Lincoln Road, Christchurch

Lower South Island Region | The Batch | 173 Spey Street, Invercargill