Restaurants

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 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 Modern NZ in Russell

Gables

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 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…
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…
Modern NZ in Paihia & Waitangi

Provenir

A concise seasonal menu of main dishes showcases local seafood and regional NZ produce, and subtle Asian influences underpin smaller plates, including scallops and plump oysters from nearby Orongo Bay. The wine list…
Modern NZ in Whangarei

TopSail

Located upstairs in the Onerahi Yacht Club, around 10km from central Whangarei, TopSail serves superlative bistro classics – think duck breast with manuka honey and lemon – and lots of fresh Northland seafood and NZ…
Cafe in Paihia & Waitangi

El Cafe

Excellent Chilean-owned cafe with the best coffee in town and terrific breakfast burritos, tacos and baked egg dishes, such as spicy Huevos Rancheros. Say hola to owner Javier for us. His Cuban pulled-pork sandwich …
Bistro in Kerikeri

Ziezo

This stylish bistro with glam and colourful decor certainly brightens up Kerikeri's retail-focused main street, and the food is equally interesting. An international menu offers Dutch pancakes or eggs Benedict for S…
Thai in Doubtless Bay

Thai Chef

Northland's best Thai restaurant serves zingy dishes with intriguing names such as The 3 Alcoholics, Spice Girls and Bangkok Showtime, and there's also a good range of Isaan (northeastern Thai) dishes to go with a f…