Restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Tantalus Estate

Up a winding driveway framed by grapevines, Waiheke's newest vineyard restaurant and tasting room channels an Iberian ambience, but the savvy and diverse menu effortlessly covers the globe. Secure a spot under rusti…
Top Choice Cafe in Hamilton

Hayes Common

Journey across to Hamilton East to this bustling new opening in a former garage. Thoroughly unpretentious, Hayes Common's versatile menu stretches from acai bowls for breakfast through to dukkah fried eggs or a jerk…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Auckland

Sidart

No one in Auckland produces creative degustations quite like Sid Sahrawat. It's food as art, food as science but, more importantly, food to fire up your taste buds, delight the brain, satisfy the stomach and put a s…
Top Choice Cafe in Paeroa

Refinery

Get pleasantly lost in the Refinery, a spacious showcase of 1960s and 1970s Kiwiana style including a turntable where customers are encouraged to play the vinyl records that fill overflowing bins. Good coffee and fo…
Top Choice Seafood in Nelson

Cod & Lobster

Stellar cocktails and NZ's biggest selection of gin make Cod & Lobster's corner bar an essential destination, but this heritage space also serves up excellent food. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the main focus, so …
Top Choice Cafe in Papatowai & Around

Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

Colourful and fun, the Frog is the best dining option in the Catlins, offering craft beer on tap and crowd-pleasing meals, often garnished with flowers from the garden. We're talking seafood chowder, wood-fired pizz…
Top Choice Cafe in Raglan

Rock-It Kitchen

Around 3km from town adjacent to surf beaches, Rock-It Kitchen combines rustic decor – it's housed in an old woolshed – with the area's best food. NZ wines and beer from west Auckland's Hallertau brewery combine wit…
Top Choice Latin American in New Plymouth

Social Kitchen

Inside what was once the Salvation Army Citadel, this trendy restaurant is filled with neon charm and taxidermy. Hanging meat and pigs' heads are displayed like art, but you can avoid them in the courtyard strung wi…
Top Choice Cafe in Taupo

Storehouse

If you're looking for Taupo's coolest cafe, you've just found it. Setting the scene since 2013, Storehouse is located in an old plumbing store over two levels. Downstairs, indoor plants drape over warehouse beams, a…
Top Choice Modern NZ in New Plymouth

Monica's Eatery

Beside the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, this all-day diner is homey despite its contemporary interior. Perhaps it's seeing handmade pappardelle lowered into bowls through the open kitchen, or the …