We lurrrrrrrve a good patio.
What's better than sitting out on a sunny rooftop/porch/beer garden/veranda with a tasty IPA/Chablis in hand? LITERALLY NOTHING. See below for some overtly un-humble patio-brags.
Auckland - Wynyard Quarter
Auckland's old waterfront harbor has been converted into a breezy public wharf-space with a ton of hip-looking drinking establishments made out of converted shipping containers. Also, the white wine makes you shrink.
Rating: 8 out of 10 oysters with mignonette sauce
Queenstown - Bathhouse
Perhaps the granddaddy of all patios in Queenstown, this was the town's old bathhouse built in honor of the Queen's coronation (or something commonwealthy like that). Now it's just an awesome gazebo café on the beach. Bonus: open for breakfast.
Rating: 10 out of 10 Queen Elizabeths
Queenstown - Perky's Boat Bar
This is a boat that's also a bar. That's all you need to know.
Rating 10 out of 10 ballast pumps
Te Anau - Bob and Maxine's
Cons: This is just the porch of a hostel on the outskirts of a sleepy town called Te Anau. Pro: The field in the background is an alpaca farm which means while you booze you can watch awkward hairy animals fight/squeal/bone all day. BYOB.
Rating: 6 out of 10 alapaca socks
Wanaka - Wanaka Bakpaka
Another hostel. But this one has a spectacular view of Lake Wanaka and is a great place to grab a glass of whatever you bought at the local supermarket. Totes BYOB.
Rating: 7 out of 10 parasailing tourists
Wellington - The Tasting Room
Street-level beer garden on astroturf. Classic.
Rating: 6 out of 10 sticky bench seats