Each coffee shop is also so unique. Some of my favorites would be, Patagonia Chocolates in Queenstown, go upstairs and try to snag a window seat. There were multiple street performers there that were awesome to watch. In Hamilton, where I went to school at University of Waikato, there is a sweet little place called Two Birds that is tucked back in a corner with a beautiful secret garden out back.
The other thing about the coffee culture is that the prices are very reasonable. For a large, double shot latte, the price ranged from about 4 NZD to about 5.50 NZD in more expensive places like Queenstown and Auckland.
I would highly suggest grabbing yourself a nice steaming latte or flat white when you get off the plane to fight that jet lag, but be careful, they are quite addictive.
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As a student, this coffee also made for great studying help.
On campus, there were two coffee shops by a beautiful lake, one in the library, and one on the far side. If there was a sunny day, we were almost always having a cup while sitting by the lake watching the springtime ducklings.
On semester break, it was incredible driving on the South Island in some on the most remote places in the world and stumbling upon a coffee shop in the middle of nowhere. You better believe that we stopped, especially after four hours of driving on narrow and windy but breathtaking roads.