Where to Find New Zealand’s Most Expensive Airport Coffee and Pies

The average takeaway coffee price at airports in New Zealand is $4.70, with the cost rising to upwards of $6 when airside. This is due to the convenience of being unable to shop around and the lack of laws against price gouging under the Fair Trading Act. Passing through security screening may justify a 50 to 150 percent price hike on food. In 2022, the New York Port Authority ruled in favor of travelers to cap food prices after finding that patrons at LaGuardia Airport were being charged $40 a pint for draught beer, well above New York’s already inflated average price of $15.

Airports in New York and New Jersey are now price capped at 10% above street pricing. However, inflation is also a factor, with a 12.4% increase in takeaway coffee outside of an airport in the past two years. The meat and cheese pie, a ubiquitous Kiwi foodtuff, has seen a significant increase in cost even within airports, from $6.50 to $14.50. In Auckland, pies have increased by a fifth from $10 to $12 in departures. Wellington Airport’s Domestic food hall has seen a pie in 2022 rise from $7.50 to $10.50. However, Queenstown Airport’s Airspresso takes the biscuit for New Zealand’s most expensive pie, with a heated mince and cheese pie at the departure gate setting you back $14.50.

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