Chilled drink in jar with mint leaves and straw

Cool off with ‘Cool As’ drink challenge

It is going to be another hot summer in 2021, let Cool As Challenge™ 2021 keep you cool in Lower Hutt. Visitors to the city centre will be able to cool off from the summer heat when New Zealand’s only cold drink challenge kicks off from 14 January until the end of the month.

The “Cool As Challenge™” A Summer Refresher Drink Challenge is into its fifth year. It will see 14 hospitality operators in central Lower Hutt create their own signature summer refresher drinks. This year there are 17 different drinks to try, and includes vegan, gluten-free and non-dairy options. There will be something for everyone this year – milkshakes, sparkling juices, slushies and bubble teas. A cool as way to support local! Check out the full selection at
Rate the drinks you try with QR codes, located in competing venue. It is an easy three step process using your smart phone. Make your favourites known on Facebook and Instagram. The highest rated drink will be declared at the end of the challenge.
The challenge, founded by Hutt City Council, is the summer version of the popular winter hot chocolate challenge, ‘Sweet As Challenge™’. The Southend Business Group now run these challenges, which inspire local hospitality businesses to be creative and attract people to the Lower Hutt city centre. Like the Sweet As Challenge™, it has grown in popularity since it was launched in 2016.

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