After a superb dinner at 55 Degrees North, my girlfriend and I walked the short distance to Kiwi's to sample a few specialty NZ beers. Friends had been recommending this unique little establishment for months. The positive reviews on TripAdvisor made our minds up for us. We arrived late on a Friday night, and were greeted by the owner Kris (Kiwi) and his lovely wife Maria (Italian). They were just getting ready to close up for the night, but invited us to stay for a beer. Kris provided us with their 'menu' of imported NZ lagers and cocktails. We tried the Monteith's West Coast Golden lager - impressive. Kris and Maria joined us for a drink, and before we knew it we were tipsy and deep in conversation about travelling, beer, music and food! We tried the selection of Tui beers, an exceptional cocktail or two, and a complimentary shot of Italian grape spirit (made by Maria's family back in her homeland!). We have never been made to feel so relaxed and at-home in a bar! The bar has a relaxed beach-bar feel, with chill-out seating, surfboards, NZ memorabilia and artistic photograph prints on the wall (taken by Kris and Maria). Free Wifi, coffee, and soft drinks made this establishment an ideal place to hang out in the evenings. We will be back again soon, perhaps on a Wednesday night to check out some live music. Kris and Maria - thank you for hosting us and making our evening a memorable one. Hope to see you again soon...Brendan & Lindsay.
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