Better latte than never
The kiosk in Waitangi Park has finally opened. Hooray! After months of delays (way back in April I thought it was "nearly ready"), you can finally get pizza, pasta, panini and petanque (boules hire from $5) in the park.
Of course, the Waitangi Park Café also serves coffee, though at $3:50 for a small paper cup it's pricey and not particularly good. Whether the latter is due to the brand (Vittoria) or staff teething troubles is hard to tell. They also sell a dozen or so flavours of icecream, including one with manuka honey that seems particularly appropriate now that the nearby manuka bushes are in flower.
Since the kiosk is run by Mediterranean Foods Ltd, one might have expected gelato rather than ice cream, but if that's your preference you might not have long to wait. I have it on very good authority that a branch of Kaffee Eis will be opening in the ground floor of the Chaffers Dock complex, and while the real estate agents' claims of a November opening for the retail tenancies seem a little optimistic, I've got my fingers crossed that something will happen before the end of the year.