Cool Kai & Coffee Carts

The grande dame of kai (food) carts in New Zealand is The White Lady. Owned continuously by the Washer family since 1948, The White Lady has been serving thirsty and hungry Aucklanders 7 nights a week for more than 60 years. You’ll find The White Lady (mark III) doing the late shift every night on Commerce Street in the CBD.

The White Lady on Commerce Street in Auckland

The White Lady on Commerce Street in Auckland

Food trucks are becoming popular on our city streets, especially in Auckland and a few photos are included along with the carts. One website that can keep you up-to-date with who is parked where and serving what is Food Space.

Herbie The Bar at The Street Collective in Ponsonby, Auckland

Herbie The Bar at The Street Collective in Ponsonby, Auckland

A changing roster of trucks and carts are parked at The Street Food Collective in Ponsonby every day from 11am  (TSFC is a bit tricky to find but one entrance is down the alley on Richmond Rd opposite Ponsonby Central). And in Parnell, 14 October marked the start of the summer season of The Truck Stop at La Cigale French Market every Wednesday night.

Where possible links are included for the trucks and carts so you can find them on your travels if you’d like to. Find The Food Truck at The Food Truck Garage in Auckland or on the road.

The Food Truck

The Food Truck

L’Epicerie cafe and deli is at 73 The Strand in Whakatane, we found the food truck at Ohope Craft Market.

L'Epicerie food truck in Ohope

L’Epicerie food truck in Ohope

The first blow up food stall I've seen - spotted in Rotorua

The first blow up food stall I’ve seen – spotted in Rotorua

Dotto’s French Crepes – look for the queue at the Whanganui River Traders Market on Saturday mornings.

French crepes in Wanganui

French crepes in Wanganui

Whitestone Cheese caravans are at the Oamaru Farmers Market and Otago Farmers Market in Dunedin every Saturday.

Whitestone Cheese at Oamaru Farmers Market

Whitestone Cheese at Oamaru Farmers Market

One Love, seen in Rotorua at Raggamuffin Festival, Raggamuffin has since moved to Auckland

One Love, seen in Rotorua at Raggamuffin Festival, Raggamuffin has since moved to Auckland

Cheese roll Kombi, seen in Oamaru

Cheese roll Kombi, seen in Oamaru

Follow The Fire Truck on Facebook to see what’s cooking and where you can find it in Wellington.

The Fire Truck at Harbourside Market in Wellington

The Fire Truck at Harbourside Market in Wellington

Otoko Espresso has relocated from Haast to Gala Street in Invercargill. Read the story behind Otoko Espresso on the Unusual Cafe Guide.

A daughter's tribute to her father - Otoko Espresso in Haast (relocated to Invercargill)

A daughter’s tribute to her father – Otoko Espresso in Haast (relocated to Invercargill)

Locate Gizza’ Spud on the streets of Gisborne.

Gizza' Spud in Gisborne

Gizza’ Spud in Gisborne

Dutchies, seen in Kingsland, Auckland

Dutchies, seen in Kingsland, Auckland

We stopped for coffee at this permanently stationary coffee stop at Burkes Pass in 2012, Burkes Pass is around 15 minutes drive from Lake Tekapo.

Coffee stop in Burkes Pass

Coffee stop in Burkes Pass

Look for Big Wave Cafe by the beach in Mount Maunganui.

Big Wave Cafe, Mount Maunganui

Big Wave Cafe, Mount Maunganui

Kea Coffee & Hot Soup in Christchurch

Kea Coffee & Hot Soup in Christchurch

Find The Dukes of Sandwich in Christchurch – the gun powder pork belly sandwich is highly recommended.

The Dukes of Sandwich, Christchurch

The Dukes of Sandwich, Christchurch

Coffee Pirates on Otago Peninsula

Coffee Pirates on Otago Peninsula

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