Surprisingly, once you prepare to board, there’s the opportunity for fresh food and even for passable coffee. They even accept australian currency, though they give NZ change.
Coffee is good: well above airport standards: you can taste the coffee above the weight of the milk. There’s a lingering aftertaste, too: overall, quite pleasant.
Picco premium coffee. A spot for weary travellers to gather and grab some standard airport fare: pastries, the ubiquitous ham-and-cheese-croissants, and some toasted paninis, salads, or yoghurt cups. Food is not incredibly fresh, but it’s not too bad for an airport lounge.
Coffee is not too hot, and looks safe enough, if a bit weak. Indeed, it tastes more like hot milk than coffee, and in doing so, avoids being too offensive. You could do worse at an airport, though there’s better available through customs.
C1 coffee. High st, christchurch. Themed after an old cinema, with a range of trendy, bohemian types, there is a rich scent of coffee throughout the inside of the place.
Coffee is good: there’s a thick head of foam at the top to keep the heat in, and just a hint of complexity.