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Toast to a taste of Wellington

As well as being tucked between New Zealand’s finest wine regions, the coffee capital is home to a number of purveyors of delicious beverages. Be sure to make a toast to these local flavours when in Wellington.

Coffee capital

Voyeur Magazine once wrote Wellington was ”…fast becoming better known for its long blacks rather than its All Blacks”, such is our city’s reputation for all things coffee. A flat white (always a double) is an integral part of the daily grind in the coffee capital, which is served by over a dozen local roasteries. Look out for Mojo, Havana, Caffe L’affare, Peoples, Coffee Supreme, Emporio, Fuel, Revive and Flight.

Craft beer capital

Made with the attention and care usually reserved for mothers of small children, craft beer is as tasty as a nice meal out and as refreshing as a southerly breeze. Craft beer appreciation is not so much a cult as a full-blown religion in these parts thanks to a trail of fine establishments and passionate local brewers. Stop by the Fork & Brewer, Malthouse, Hashigo Zake and The Hop Garden; be sure to put in your order for a Wellington Tuatara, Garage Project, ParrotDog or Yeastie Boys brew.

Very fine wines

Wellington is tucked between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions and sits at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, which takes visitors on a drive through regions accounting for more than 80% of the country’s wine production. Be sure to match your meals in the culinary capital with local wines from Marlborough, Wairarapa or Hawke’s Bay.

That's the spirit

World famous and rather cheeky vodka brand 42 Below started in Wellington - more specifically in the garage of a flat in Oriental Bay. Other good spirited businesses in Wellington include the delectably smoky and occasionally elusive Gunpowder Rum (found at Motel, Ancestral and other great bars) and Wairarapa’s Lighthouse Gin – a beacon of hope for gin-lovers everywhere.

Barrels of fun

Six Barrel Soda Co is a Wellington company making small batch soda syrups with filtered water, fair trade organic cane sugar, fresh fruit, spices & nuts. When mixed with soda or sparkling water they make fresh real sodas.  Found at their factory cafe on the corner of Eva & Dixon Sts, Lamason Brew Bar on Lombard St and Customs Brew Bar on Ghuznee Street.