Pub Food in Matakana


Matakana's heritage pub features stylish decor, local wines and craft beers, and decent bistro food, sometimes including Mahurangi oysters. An American-style smoker turns out good low 'n' slow barbecue – try the por…
Cafe in Warkworth

Chocolate Brown

Decked out with quirky NZ-themed art – mostly for sale – this cafe serves excellent coffee, robust eggy breakfasts and delicious home-style baking. Definitely leave room for a few cacao-infused goodies from the choc…
Cafe in Puhoi

Puhoi Valley

Renowned across NZ, Puhoi Valley cheese features heavily on the menu of this upmarket cheese shop and cafe, set blissfully alongside a lake, fountain and children's playground. In the summer there's music on the law…
Ice Cream in Matakana

Charlie's Gelato Garden

Superb sorbet and gelato made from fresh fruit and interesting ingredients – try the liquorice or ginger-beer flavours – and excellent wood-fired pizzas during summer from Friday to Sunday.
Mediterranean in Orewa


Turkish, North African and Mediterranean flavours feature at this buzzy cafe. Try the hearty baked Moorish eggs and you'll be set for the next chapter of your Kiwi road trip.
Teahouse in Puhoi

Puhoi Cottage

Drop in for a Devonshire cream tea.
Modern NZ in Matakana


Plume has rural views from its terrace and an adventurous menu that jumps from China to Spain by way of Thailand and India. Culinary ambition in the kitchen doesn't always translate to successful dishes.
Japanese in Orewa


OK for a sushi fix, with good bento boxes.