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Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Though it’s not one for regular Saturday morning, this rates as one of the finest breakfast venues we’ve seen. Rumbling into the perfectly coiffed driveway in our beaten up hire car, we were a hotel’s worst nightmare – grubby, tent-laden and skint. Nevertheless, the staff at Hapuku Lodge welcomed us with an ingenious mix of informality and attention to our every want and need, while subtly offering us the use of their laundry service as soon as we’d found our room.

Kaikoura itself isn’t much to look at, with a strip of tourist shops, off licenses and shifty looking skateboarders hanging around the (one) street corner. Hapuku, however, is a wonder: there are six treehouse lodges that have been built to take in the incredible views, with balconies on either side for sunrise and sunset. From the rooms on the highest ‘bough’ you can see both the snow-topped mountains and the sea, though it would take keener eyes than mine to spot the sperm whales which make this such a popular spot to visit.

Amongst joys such as a stocked woodburner, coffee grinders for fresh coffee beans, self-heating jacuzzi baths, a DVD library and a fridge stocked with beer, there’s also some very fine food. Breakfast was as local as you can get, with eggs from their own hens, olive oil from their own groves and home-smoked bacon and salmon; the water even comes from their own well. Having been spoiled in their restaurant the night before, I opted for porridge that was perfectly cooked, the Egg Poacher’s eggs were declared ‘divine’ and the spread of fresh breads, pastries and tropical fruits were every hungry backpacker’s dream.

Price: B&B from $600 per night.

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Kai Whakapai Café, Wanaka, New Zealand

Though in truth we’d been camping for days and subsisting on Tim Tams up until this point, this still rates as one of the Best Breakfasts Yet. I have read reviews that bemoaned the frosty glances from Kai Whakapai’s resident dreadlocked locals, langorously declaring you ‘uncool’ with one twitch of a pierced eyebrow, but in our single-minded pursuit of breakfast our cagouled and sandalled-selves weren’t too put off. In any case, the first hit of beautifully made coffee followed by buckwheat pancakes with grilled banana, blueberries and maple syrup were enough for me to forgive anyone anything. A mix of Kiwis and tourists were spread across two floors, with cool jazz and some rather fine reggae to accompany our meal.

Price: From $5 to $15 (coffee included).

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The Beach Café, Nelson, New Zealand

The worst kept secret in Nelson, The Café (pron. “caff”) is a local favourite, and justly so. It’s a few steps from the beach so families flock – and with tables outside you can watch your kids fly off the merry-go-round as you dine. There are parasols for those alabaster Brits not quite used to the New Zealand rays, and a classically Kiwi attitude to service (so all your meals are served with a smile). The breakfast menu is a wonder to behold: pancakes stacked with fruit and maple syrup, fried potatoes with bacon, sour cream and cheese, doorstops of carrot cake with more cream, berries and fresh pineapple. Toast and fruit salads are also on hand should the cholesterol levels require. There are kid’s portions, fresh orange juice and good coffee. Beware low-flying seagulls – they want your breakfast as much as you do.

Price: From $5 (toast) to $14 (brunch stack).

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