Meet you at the Bus Stop

20 April 2013
Written by Sacha Kenny | Images by Sacha Kenny
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Kirsty Green follows her heart, an approach, as Sacha Kenny discovered Kirsty applied when she converted an old bus into a thriving Te Horo coffee hub

It was the pursuit of relaxed living that brought Kirsty Green from Wellington to the seaside hamlet of Te Horo Beach in 2011 and it’s her vibrant ‘Bus Stop’ coffee spot that is bringing locals and visitors alike to her door for great coffee, delicious homemade baking and friendly conversation.

As someone who loves to cook, for Kirsty the Bus Stop is a dream come true: "It’s a short walk to work and I spend my day surrounded by the great people who come for a coffee and chat."

With a background in hospitality and the need for an income, Kirsty had a vision to convert the bus into a cafe but it was not always shared by others. “One of my dear friends could see what I was talking about but my mum was horrified."

However, after a drawn-out planning and consent process, Kirsty happily concedes "the journey is part of the fun and it’s been heaps of fun so far - there’s nothing like having a huge, blue bus at the front of your house".

Prior to the Bus Stop, Kirsty ran her own café/deli in Gipps Street, Karori for 10 years. With a smile and a quick laugh she recalls: “I worked there when I was 18, then years later I brought it on April Fools' Day 2001.  It was a tiny wee place, you could squash 13 people in at a push so lots of friendships were made that might never have happened otherwise."

Not unlike her Gipps Street deli, one of the great things about the bus is the intimate space. Laughing, Kirsty says “because it’s so small everyone interacts, people who may have only waved to each other on the beach now say hi and have a bit of a chat without any sort of commitment – they can leave when they’re ready.”

A short walk from Te Horo beach, the Bus Stop is open year-round Friday to Sunday 9-4pm serving great coffee, teas, homemade cordials and a delicious selection of sweet and savoury homemade treats.

Inside, the bus is creatively decorated with vibrant colours, quirky vintage knick-knacks and craft pieces that Kirsty makes and sells. Seating is a row of old-style bus seats lining one wall and facing inwards as well as a scattering of cushions, bar stools and of course the driver's seat.  The kitchen is light, fresh and airy and Kirsty always has a welcoming smile.  

Outside, the bus is surrounded by outdoor seating giving customers an option to sit in the sun or rest in the shade.  The community swap DVD/book cabinet is an old retro fridge that was once inside the bus. 

Whether you’re a local or just passing through, the Bus Stop really is worth a visit not only for the great coffee and food but for the friendly welcoming atmosphere.

  • Bus Stop Takeaways
    50 Dixie Street, Te Horo Beach
    ph: 021 650 636
    open year round 9-4pm Friday to Sunday

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0 #7 Sacha Kenny 2014-02-25 10:11
(Re. JackWitson comment)....... Thanks very much Jack, I'm glad you enjoy MyMag :o)
0 #6 JackWitson 2014-02-24 20:57
Nice information, There is obviously a lot. Your points are very valuable and knowledgeable. Thanks for sharing this great blog with us.
0 #5 gilli 2013-05-10 15:00
Gutted our recent holiday in Te Horo was midweek - was so looking forward to a cafe visit! but will rectify next school holidays!!
0 #4 sarah 2013-04-27 16:22
Oh Lord when I said B list I meant Bucket list!!! twas an abrieviation of an annoyingly overused terminology ...make no mistake this place is A list, top notch, number 1. the bestest of the best!
0 #3 Geoff 2013-04-26 03:46
Am longing to visit and enjoy the food and atmosphere. One day soon I hope.
0 #2 sarah 2013-04-23 10:50
Best coffee, best eats and best fun ever...the place oozes Kirsty's warmth, love, creativity and good humour. Put it on your B List!
0 #1 billie. 2013-04-22 11:34
Yes indeed. Kirsti Green and Bus Stop are the best thing thats happened to Te Horo Beach.
Good on you for tracking her down

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