Top Choice Cafe in Mangawhai

Wood Street Freehouse

Craft beer has arrived in Mangawhai at this buzzing cafe, including beers from local Northland brewers such as Schippers and the Sawmill Brewery. Excellent food includes burgers, gourmet pizzas and shared plates – t…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Whangarei

à Deco

Northland’s best restaurant offers an inventive menu that prominently features local produce, including plenty of seafood. Art-deco fans will adore the setting – a wonderfully curvaceous marine-style villa with orig…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Russell


Serving an imaginative take on Kiwi classics (lamb, venison, seafood), the Gables occupies an 1847 building on the waterfront, built using whale vertebrae for foundations. Ask for a table by the windows for maritime…
Top Choice Cafe in Kerikeri

Food at Wharepuke

With one foot in Europe, the other in Thailand and its head in the lush vegetation of Wharepuke Subtropical Gardens, this is Kerikeri's most unusual and inspired eatery. On Friday nights it serves popular Thai banqu…
Top Choice Cafe in Doubtless Bay

Little Kitchen on the Bay

Our favourite Doubtless Bay eatery is this cute spot just across from the harbour. During the day the sun-drenched interior has Mangonui's best coffee, excellent counter food and good mains – try the terrific burger…
Cafe in Dargaville

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The number-one eatery in Dargaville has a garden area, hip music, deli-style snacks, a global menu, including dukkah, pizza and steak, and beer, wine and cocktails.
Cafe in Paihia & Waitangi

Whare Waka

Located beside a pond studded with ducks, backed by bush and overlooking the Treaty Grounds, the Whare Waka cafe is a top spot for good cafe fare during the day, and to return to for a hangi dinner and concert on Tu…
Supermarket in Paihia & Waitangi


The main place to stock up on provisions.
Cafe in Kerikeri


Kerikeri's best brekkie spot serves excellent coffee and food. Dr Seuss fans should try the green (pesto) eggs and ham. On Thursday and Friday nights Fishbone morphs into a cosy wine bar for a few hours from 4pm.
International in Kerikeri

Pear Tree

Kerikeri's best located and most upmarket restaurant occupies an old homestead right on the basin (book ahead for a table on the veranda). Mains run the gamut of tasty meaty grills and lighter bistro favourites. Par…