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New Zealand's Coolest Coffee Shop
+ Award-Winning Floating Burger Bar


Coffee Afloat is a coffee boat servicing Lake Dunstan and the hugely popular Lake Dunstan Cycle & Walking Trail in Central Otago.


Our floating cafe and burger bar are located halfway along the trail between the Cromwell Heritage Precinct and Clyde Historic Village and only accessible by bike, foot or boat. Here, you will enjoy one of the most remote coffees you’ll ever have, whilst enjoying a day out on this fantastic cycle & walking trail.

You can enjoy barista coffee, cold drinks, ice creams, fresh baking and now award-winning burgers, waffles and bacon butties all at the base of the Cairnmuir Ladder.

Read more about our Award Winning Burgers here.

Based on the Lake Dunstan Trail, Central Otago -

NZ's BEST one-day cycle ride

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Coffee Drip

Grid Coffee's house blend is Columbian based. It's medium bodied and smooth with a rich, fruity flavour and hints of caramel. Yummy!

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The new Lake Dunstan Cycle & Walking Trail links Cromwell and Clyde. Explore otherwise accessible areas along the trail which follows Lake Dunstan.


Our takeaway coffee cups are fully biodegradable and 100% paper -
no plastic liners or lids.

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We love to support local and use local produce whenever and wherever possible.

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Award Winning Burger Afloat

In September 2021 in conjunction with Eat.Taste.Central regional food competition, we launched Burger Afloat, sister ship to Coffee Afloat.


We were blown away by your support for our original Venison & Thyme Burger and are thrilled to say we won both the People's Choice & Innovation & Sustainability Judges Award. If you needed another reason to give us a try...there you go!

And in 2022, we won the Eat.Taste.Central Burger & Sandwich category with the Cardrona Baa Burger (Lamb & Sage), and Innovation & Sustainability Judges Award for a second year in a row!

Roll on 2023, and a new Burger has been developed in conjunction with the Eat.Taste.Cental event, kicking off on Friday 20 October - 12 November: Read more about The CBB here (scroll down).

Come along and try our award winning food. Check it out - Reviews have been through the roof!

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Gourmet Burgers With A View

Coffee Afloat and Burger Afloat are located at the base of the Cairnmuir Ladder, 19km from Old Cromwell and 20km from Clyde Historic Precinct.


The closest access point is Cornish Point at 5.5km - approx 30 min to bike and 1 hour to walk each way.

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