On the tea trail in Auckland

Tea is my hot beverage of choice and I drink plenty of it, I’m not fussy about what I drink, but I’m always happy with Earl Grey if it’s offered. For me it’s more about the ritual of tea drinking – tea and a chat or a good book, or a pot of tea in a cafe with character ….

Dry & Tea, Newmarket

Dry & Tea, Newmarket

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop, 442 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Village
Chapter is a little tea shop and book store, it’s the sort of place where you can linger over whatever type of tea takes your fancy – a fruit or herbal infusion, green tea or flavoured black tea. There’s a big variety of teas on the shelves including ten types of Earl Grey.

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop

If you’re a fan of romance or crime and mystery fiction you can browse the shelves of books while you wait for your tea to brew, it’s the perfect place to settle in for a good read. Kiwi writers are represented including New York Times best selling author Nalini Singh who has written more than 25 books.

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop

If you’re looking for a gift for a tea drinker there are tea pots, gift boxes of tea, and tea tins. There’s also a few tea themed items created by Lyttelton based Cecily. Chapter is open six days, closed Monday.

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop

Chapter Book Cafe & Tea Shop

Dry & Tea, corner Kent & York Street, Newmarket
It was the cute courtyard under development that first caught my eye in Newmarket. The courtyard has since been joined by the Tea House that serves T2 teas by the pot and box, as well as a range of snacks. I had French Earl Grey, it came with a tea timer, patiently waiting for the tea to brew is a pleasure in the courtyard garden.

Dry & Tea courtyard

Dry & Tea courtyard

Time for tea

Time for tea

Dry & Tea

Dry & Tea

The Dry in Dry & Tea comes from the Dry Bar where you can have your hair styled from $25. One of the aims of Dry Bar is to keep styling costs affordable so styling becomes something other than a luxury.

The Tea Lady, Birkenhead Point – CLOSED

The Tea Lady

The Tea Lady

Tea related information:
Our NZ High Tea guide
Zealong Tea Estate, Hamilton
Time for Tea: The Gentle Art of Reading Tea-Leaves by Lindell Barker-Revellcaption

If you have any favourite tea shops or stops to share I’m always keen on finding my next cuppa.

2 thoughts on “On the tea trail in Auckland

  1. Knitwits in Milford on the North shore is quirky and oh the tea and tiny savouries have to be experienced to be believed. Add to this the silver teapot with real leaf tea necessitating the use of a strainer and old linen napkins oh and the beautiful china tea cup and all for $6.50. So if you like taking tea surrounded by balls of wool and hand knitted treasures try Knitwits.( my only reservation is that the ladies are not exactly smiley or chatty but they obviously care for quality )

    • Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like they’ve gone to some trouble to make a cup of tea special, and good value too. I found a link to Channel magazine with some more info about the cafe for anyone who’s interested http://bit.ly/19kJyMS

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