Visitors (and many locals) are surprised when they find out New Zealand has over 9,000 eateries.  As a result of this large number, New Zealand has become known for its café culture with cafes found in great numbers in all the country’s cities. Cafes are also part of life in most towns and villages across the nation. A number of these offer unique settings.


The interesting little Railway Station Cafe is situated in an old country railway station, complete with railway-themed décor and the historic trains of the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway chugging by. Since 1985, the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway has been operating daily excursions through the rolling hills of Northland. What makes this trip unique is that trains run right along the middle of Kawakawa’s main street before crossing several bridges to a picnic area 4.5km (3miles) away. read more