Who serves the best cuppa in NZ?

Vote in our summer poll to find the best tea on the road.

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Which cafe can make a better cup of tea than this?

Had a good cup of tea these holidays? Tell us about it.

In the short time we’ve existed, Tea On The Road has published 32 reviews of the tea served in tea houses across the country, with loads more to come.

But  there’s a whole world of Kiwi tea out there, and we need your help finding the best of it.

The country’s cafe scene might have been dominated by coffee-swilling trendies in recent years, but there’s a army of tea-drinkers ready to strike back.

No more will we put up with bad tea. We will name and shame those trying to charge $5 for low-grade teabag tea made with luke-warm water and served in coffee cups.

And we will publicly praise those who are getting it right.

Vote in our Facebook poll to find New Zealand’s best cup of tea on the road, and go into the draw to win a yet-to-be-announced tea-related prize.

 

 

There’s always a tea in Christmas

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Christmas is a summer affair in the Southern Hemisphere.

A merry tea-drinking Christmas from New Zealand to the people of the north.

It’s more sandcastles than snowmen for us in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean we’re not supping plenty of good hot tea.

In Northland, at the very top of New Zealand, it’s warm and humid, and the air is full of the sounds of birds, insects and kids.

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Christmas lunch, NZ-style.

We started the day as we meant to go on – with tea (Dilmah Classic) in bed. Since then we’ve opened presents (mine included a Zealong Tea gift pack and cup and Whittakers Oolong Tea chocolate), eaten platters of tasty things like cake, local cheeses, and cherries from the South Island,  walked the dog, and generally lazed about.

When it gets cooler, we’ll have our traditional Christmas dinner of baked ham, new potatoes and salad, and this year I have been persuaded (somehow!) to make a trifle instead of the usual pavlova.

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Zealong cup and gift pack.

Later, we’ll watch a movie, or maybe go to bed with our new books, but first we’ll have another walk along the beach.

So right about now, if you’re waking up in the Northern Hemisphere to a day that’s cold and dark, have a cup of tea and think of us here in the sun, glad to have survived another year and ready to relax and enjoy ourselves.

And as we say in New Zealand, have a meri Kirihimete,

 

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PS the fabulous cup and saucer in the picture at the top are from the Australian company T2.