Firepot Cafe

Conveniently located on Gordonton Road the Firepot is a great place to stop for coffee and a bite to eat, but ladies, Michelle also has a fabulous range of giftware, kitchenware and jewellery.

Firepot has proved to be so popular in the past seven years they have extended the space three times!  In addition to the original café there is now a sunny outdoor area, a brand new function space and a larger kitchen to cope with the demand and accommodate the chefs that make everything on site.

1063 Gordonton Rd, RD1 Gordonton
Open 7 days from 7.30am to 4 pm, Plus dinner on Fridays

CLOSED – Xmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Odd Spoon Café

We were so pleased to discover the Odd Spoon cafe in Huntly!  No more arguments when driving north about the evils of service station coffee, it’s simply a given we are going to stop at the Odd Spoon.  The Fairtrade Ozone coffee is spot on every time and the homemade cabinet food always tempting.  Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch as well as dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  Toni Broster, who has owned the cafe for two years, says between the menu, cabinet and specials there is a great variety of food on offer, meaning everyone will be pleased you stopped at the Odd Spoon Cafe.

151 Main Rd, Huntly
Open every day for coffee from 8.30am.

CLOSED Xmas day- January 5th

Espresso Banco

Nestled under the mountain, with wonderful walks, the new rail cycle trail, world renowned mineral spas, not to mention great local artists and antique shops, Te Aroha is a great spot to stop, or as a destination on its own.

When in Te Aroha make sure your visit includes Espresso Banco.  You can’t miss it as it’s the deep red, art deco building, (once the ANZ) on the main road.  Inside you will find a charming cafe with friendly staff, delicious food as well as a few surprises –  vintage collectables and clothing and gorgeous bouquets of flowers.  Out back there is also a charming courtyard to rest and relax in.

174 Whitaker St, Te Aroha
Open every day 9am-5pm

Closed Xmas day

Espresso to Go

At Espresso to Go coffee is what they do.  No French toast or scrambled eggs here.  The teams focus is on producing the best cup of coffee every time.  Serving 2012 coffee awards supreme winner, Vivace coffee, Bill and Jackie Anderson eat, breathe and sleep coffee so you know you this is the right place to stop when in or around Matamata.

Jackie says although they don’t have a kitchen serving breakfast or lunch dishes they do have a delicious selection of homemade cakes and biscuits as well as gluten free treats that all go perfectly with a cup of coffee!

65 Broadway, Matamata
Open 7 days

CLOSED – Xmas day


  1. I’d like to add a couple of my own favourites:
    Red Kitchen in Te Awamutu – a little off the beaten track but a great stop for divine lunch (and extraordinary hot chocolate) as well as consistently good coffee.
    Bosco in Te Kuiti – I’ve been known to drive south for half an hour just for coffee and cake on more than one occasion. And wow oh wow, there’s New Yorker magazines to read there!
    Raglan Roast – because it’s just awesome and any trip to the beach is not complete without a great flat white:)

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