Italian in Waiheke Island

Poderi Crisci

Poderi Crisci has quickly gained a sterling reputation for its food, particularly its legendary four-hour long lunches on Sundays ($70 per person). Italian varietals and olives have been planted alongside the existi…
Cafe in Waiheke Island


If you're bored with eggs Benedict, try one of the piquant breakfast tagines at this stylish cafe-mezze bar. Paninis, wraps and salads are served along with more traditional mezze, and the views are just as tasty.
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Te Whau

Perched on the end of Te Whau peninsula, this winery restaurant has exceptional views, food and service, and one of the finest wine lists you’ll see in the country. The attached tasting room offers samples of its ow…
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Cable Bay

Impressive ubermodern architecture, interesting sculpture and beautiful views set the scene for this acclaimed restaurant. The food is sublime, but if the budget won’t stretch to a meal, stop in for a wine tasting (…
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island


Auckland and the gulf are at their glistening best when viewed from Mudbrick’s picturesque veranda. The pretty formal gardens make it popular with weddings, which periodically take over the restaurant (make sure you…
Cafe in Great Barrier Island

Wild Rose

Wild Rose does the best impersonation of an Auckland cafe on the island, albeit with the addition of local crowd-pleasers such as toasted sandwiches and burgers. It uses free-range, organic and sustainable local pro…
Cafe in Great Barrier Island

Claris Texas

While it doesn’t live up to the promise of its quirky name, this is the best gap filler in the centre of the island, serving cooked breakfasts, nachos, salads and pies.
Pub Food in Great Barrier Island

Currach Irish Pub

This lively, child-friendly pub has a changing menu of seafood, steak and burgers, and is the island’s main social centre. Rub shoulders with local musos on jam nights.
Cafe in Kawau Island

Mansion House Cafe

If you haven’t packed a picnic, this idyllically situated eatery serves all-day breakfasts, salads, curries and hearty evening meals.
Pub Food in Great Barrier Island

Tipi & Bob’s

Serving simple but satisfying meals in large portions, this popular haunt has an inviting deck overlooking the harbour. There’s also a cheaper menu in the bar.