The 2017 Puhoi Valley People’s Choice final leaderboards.

With a record number votes counted we are delighted to announce the top 10 most-loved café’s in each of the competition regions as voted for by the public.

Thank you to all the cafés who took part and to everyone that voted this year, it’s a real achievement to make it onto the final leaderboards. You are amongst the public’s favourite café’s in New Zealand!

The final Puhoi Valley People’s Choice leaderboards for 2017 are:

Auckland region

  1. Calendula Cottage Café, Waiuku
  2. Caffe Massimo, Albany
  3. Trio, Albany
  4. Cafe Hibiscus, Whangaparoa
  5. Red Shed Palazzo, Karaka
  6. Paper Moon, Mairangi Bay
  7. Spilt Milk, Pt Chevalier
  8. Piehole Cafe - Feed Your Soul, Glen Innes
  9. Canopius, Papakura
  10. La Fourchette, St Heliers

Upper North Island region

  1. Surf Shack, Waihi Beach
  2. Javaman Café, Whakatane
  3. The Village Café, Whatawhata
  4. Piccolo Licensed Café, Taupo
  5. Flatwhite, Waihi Beach
  6. Capers, Rotorua
  7. Central Deli, Mount Maunganui
  8. Lola Breakfast Bar & Licensed Café, Hamilton
  9. Victoria’s Cafe Kitchen Bar, Taupo
  10. Henry & Ted, Papamoa

Lower North Island region

  1. Catching Pen Café, Dannevirke
  2. Little Fed, New Plymouth
  3. St. Germain, Napier
  4. Yellow House Café, Whanganui
  5. Piccolo's Café, Fielding
  6. Onekawa Coffee Corner, Napier
  7. Kete Kai, Napier
  8. The Gelato Caffe, Hawera
  9. Chaos Café, New Plymouth
  10. Matamau Diner, Dannevirke

Wellington region

  1. Sweet Vanilla Kitchen, Lower Hutt
  2. Cafe Iwi, Lower Hutt
  3. Ten O'clock Cookie Bakery Café, Masterton
  4. Cafe Blume, Upper Hutt
  5. Novella, Paraparaumu
  6. Beannie Café, Petone
  7. Shine Café, Lower Hutt
  8. Wild Oats Carterton, Carterton
  9. In The Neighbourhood Coffee House & Roastery, Martinborough
  10. The Coffee Box High Street, Lower Hutt

Christchurch region

  1. Arabica Licensed Café, Methven
  2. Meshino Café, St Albans
  3. Terra Viva Cafe and Deli, Burnside
  4. TEN27, Woolston
  5. C 4 Coffee Co, Central
  6. Central Café, Geraldine
  7. Tea Pot Inn, Temuka
  8. Whole Café, Central
  9. Black & White Coffee Cartel, Central
  10. Laneway Espresso, Central

South Island region

  1. Jester House, Tasman
  2. Starfish Café, Dunedin
  3. The Running Duck, Geraldine
  4. Red Eight Café, Kaiapoi
  5. Vogel St Kitchen, Dunedin
  6. Panthers Rock, Ashburton
  7. The Apple Shed Café, Mapua
  8. Mrs Smiths Cafe & Vegetables, Motueka
  9. Tees St, Oamaru
  10. Jellyfish Cafe and Bar, Mapua


In a week’s time we’ll be announcing the Meadow Fresh NZ Café of the Year regional winners for each competition category. This list of amazing café’s will go through to judging round three, where the judges will visit each of the regional category winners again to find our 2017 champion and national category winners.

If you have any questions about the competition, then please get in touch with us.


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