While New Zealanders and Australians might enjoy a bit of friendly ribbing about who really invented the flat white, there’s no debate Kiwis take pride in their strong, quality coffee. From the smallest rural towns, to Orams Marine’s neighbours in Wynyard Quarter, you’re never far from a cafe with a knowledgeable barista to craft your morning cup.
It’s normal practice to have a standard double shot of espresso in New Zealand coffee; with the passionate coffee culture belied by the common Kiwi order of nondescript-sounding long black or flat white. With some of Auckland’s best coffee in the streets around Orams Marine, we’ve highlighted our top places to sample the local blends and grab a pastry, when a quick break beckons.
Richard Low, Operations Manager
Most cafes in New Zealand are happy to fill a reusable cup if you take one with you, or will use recyclable takeaway cups.
A favourite meeting spot amongst early morning cyclists and office worker sets, Rushworth’s steady flow of clientele should tip you off to the quality of coffee. Friendly baristas, plus the short walk from Orams Marine, in the prime waterside spot of North Wharf has made Rushworth a favourite.
La Petite Fourchette
La Petite Fourchette’s pastries are a thing of beauty. You’ll frequently see locals stopping in to grab a quick hit via the outrageously good mille-feuille, or a macaron and coffee to go. While a bean bag here on the lawn in the sun is hard to beat, this is also a particularly cosy spot to park up in winter with your laptop if you need a moment to yourself; with the added bonus that it’s just a few steps across Beaumont Street and through Tīramarama Way from Orams Marine’s handstand.
A short meander from Orams is Wander. Adored neighbourhood bistro by night, Wander is no slouch during the day with a page-long brunch menu and coffee to kick start you. Wander’s the sort of place which quickly starts to feel like your own secret discovery. Friendly, warm, uncrowded and with uncompromising attention to producing good food, beautifully; Wander comes highly-recommended.
Step through the Orams Marine gateway, across Beaumont Street, onto Daldy street and you’ll find darling of the Auckland brunch scene; Williams Eatery. While its weekend brunches are legendary, Williams is equally as adept at keeping you running with a coffee and pastry to go as you head in and out of the yard.
This weekend favourite sees Aucklanders Britomart-bound in droves in search of Amano’s almond croissants. Grab a loaf of kumara sourdough for a taste that’s uniquely New Zealand, and coffee to go, for a weekend morning that’s off to an excellent start.
Though just across the water from your refit as the crow flies, Buoy is an easy 20 minute flat walk around pretty Westhaven Promenade. A sun-soaked deck which floats over the marina, combined with a simple menu done well, makes this a sought-after spot on sunny mornings with locals, the marine industry, and cafe set alike.
Looking for more local spots to explore? Try our guide map.
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Orams Marine’s operations manager, Richard Low translated his successful career onboard yachts into a role within the Auckland refit yard. Now enjoying his thriving work life on-land, he describes how his crew experience gave insight into streamlining the refit process and shares his tips on making a successful move ashore.