Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year regional winners revealed!

For the fifth year running, the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year Awards highlight the diverse, the delicious and the most delightful of our great New Zealand café culture, shining a light on outstanding cafés across the nation. Today, with great pleasure, we announce the Regional Winners of the 2017 Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year Awards.

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.

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 2017 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year.

Auckland region

Hellers Classic Kiwi - The Carpark Café and Bar, Ostend, Waiheke Island

Hellmann's Best Suburban - Gather Wholefoods Café, Silverdale  

Tararua Best Metro/CBD - Wellesley Street Kitchen, Auckland Central

Tuckers Ridge Pies Best Rural - Red Shed Palazzo, Karaka


Upper North Island

Hellers Classic Kiwi - Rumbly Tums, Tokoroa  

Hellmann's Best Suburban - Tay Street Beach Café, Mt Maunganui      

Tararua Best Metro/CBD - Capers, Rotorua

Tuckers Ridge Pies Best Rural - Surf Shack, Waihi Beach    


Lower North Island

Hellers Classic Kiwi - Little Fed, New Plymouth           

Hellmann's Best Suburban - Maina, Havelock North

Tararua Best Metro/CBD - Little Blackbird, Hastings

Tuckers Ridge Pies Best Rural - Little White Rabbit, Foxton Beach


Wellington region

Hellers Classic Kiwi – Novella, Paraparaumu  

Hellmann's Best Suburban - Sweet Vanilla Kitchen, Lower Hutt

Tararua Best Metro/CBD - Ti Kouka Café, Wellington

Tuckers Ridge Pies Best Rural - The Clareville Bakery and Café, Carteron     


Christchurch region

Hellers Classic Kiwi - Teapot Inn, Temuka        

Hellmann's Best Suburban – BearLion Foods, New Brighton

Tararua Best Metro/CBD - C1 Espresso, Central Christchurch

Tuckers Ridge Pies Best Rural - Central Café, Geraldine     


South Island region

Hellers Classic Kiwi - Chantilly Café, Blenheim           

Hellmann's Best Suburban - Starfish Café, Dunedin  

Tararua Best Metro/CBD - Vogel St Kitchen, Dunedin

Tuckers Ridge Pies Best Rural – Gabriel’s Café and Bar, Lawrence        



Brian Woodcock, National Business Manager, Foodservice, Goodman Fielder New Zealand Limited says “Congratulations to the owners and staff of the winning cafés! I hope the regional winners are able to take a moment at this busy time of year to celebrate their success.  As one of New Zealand’s leading food companies boasting some of New Zealand’s best loved brands, we are proud to sponsor the Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year awards that ultimately acknowledge the important role cafés play in New Zealand’s culture and lifestyle.”


Our judges are going to be busy, the category winners for each region will get another visit from the judging team. From these café’s the National Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year winners will be decided, and announced at an event in February in Auckland.

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