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St Mary’s Church

If you haven't yet made it into a marae (meeting house), you’ll get a fair idea of what you’re missing out on by visiting the extraordinary St Mary’s Church, built in 1924. It’s nothing special from the outside, but…
Ice Cream in Pacific Coast Hwy

Pacific Coast Macadamias

Heaven is a tub of homemade macadamia-and-honey ice cream at Pacific Coast Macadamias, accompanied by views along one of the most spectacular parts of the coast. Toasted sandwiches and nutty sweet treats make this a…
Pub Food in Pacific Coast Hwy

Te Puka Tavern

The well-run pub with cracker ocean views is a cornerstone of the community, keeping everyone fed and watered, and offering visitors a place to stay.Four natty split-level, self-contained units sleep up to six (doub…
Bakery in Pacific Coast Hwy

Cottle's Cafe & Bakery

Decent coffee and excellent savoury pies make Cottle's an essential stop on Tologa Bay's main drag. The bacon-and-egg pie is deservedly popular all around East Cape, but we reckon the fish one is just as good. Grab …
Food in Pacific Coast Hwy

East Cape Manuka Company

The progressive East Cape Manuka Company sells soaps, oils, creams and honey made from potent East Cape manuka. It's a good stop for a coffee, a slice of cheesecake or a delicious manuka honey smoothie (meals and sn…
Pub Food in Pacific Coast Hwy

Waihau Bay Lodge

A two-storey timber pub by the pier, serving hefty meals and offering accommodation ranging from campsites ($15) to four-bed dorms (from $35 per person), en suite doubles ($140) and roomy en suite units sleeping eig…
Church in Pacific Coast Hwy

Christ Church Raukokore

In blink-and-you'll-miss-it Raukokore, this old Anglican church (1894) is a sweet beacon of belief on a lonely promontory. The simple white-and-grey interior is suitably demure (look for the mouse on high). There ar…
Clothing in Pacific Coast Hwy

Tolaga Bay Cashmere Company

Just off the main street, Tolaga Bay Cashmere Company inhabits the art-deco former council building. You can watch the knitters at work and then purchase one of their delicate handiworks; the seconds are sold at a d…
Bistro in Pacific Coast Hwy

Te Kaha Beach Resort

This mod place down by the water caters to the conference and wedding sets, but the restaurant is open to all-comers. There's a cafe here too, for takeaway coffee.