About us

Our vibe

Kai is a place full of stories. We like to think it connects Wānaka locals (& visitors) to the laid-back lifestyle so many come to this town for.

Our spaces have been thoughtfully designed – whether you’re rolling solo, or want to share tables, share food & share good times with many.

We welcome you to build more stories. Good stories. In this place. Our place.

Our values


We’re all about good energy and good vibes. Nothing but a good attitude to good people, everyday. Our team and our community is at the heart of everything we do, and that’s what makes Kai Kai.

Good Kai

We’re known for our delicious coffee and most excellent tap beer lineup, but our food? Its so damn good. Whether its a classic beef burger, or our twist on a full Kai breakfast, there’s something for everyone.

Good Brews

Good brews are our jam-  from the ethical, sustainability sourced Supreme Coffee, to the 18 taps of New Zealand’s finest beers, we’ve got it covered.

Our history

In 1996, Matt, the original owner began Kai with a sustainable sensibility: a notion to use what’s available seasonally & locally. Since then Kai has been intentionally reflective of local, deep with history.

Translates directly to GOOD FOOD
Kai –noun, Food
Whakapai –verb, to make good, set in order, prepare, to set a table

Work with us

Individually strong, collectively great; our team is at the heart of everything we do. Happy, compassionate and supportive – we help our team to grow and operate at their best, to build the best service, best offerings and create the best atmosphere for everyone.

Want to be a part of the Kai tribe? Drop us a message.