Restaurants

Top Choice Fish & Chips in Opunake

Opunake Fish, Chips and More

This is as good as fish and chips gets. With a lengthy history (open since the 1960s), hand-cut chips, a range of fish (including fresh catches of the day to take home), smiling local owners and gluten-free options,…
Top Choice Pizza in Oakura

Black Sand Pizzeria & Bistro

Reliable Black Sand is right on the beach and shares a building with the surf club. It’s a surprising location to stumble upon authentic Napoli-style pizzas – all thin-based and blistered crusts – but these wood-fir…
Top Choice Cafe in Okato & Around

Cafe Lahar

Relaxed Lahar occupies an angular, black-trimmed timber box in Okato (hard to miss – there's not much else here). It's a lofty space with spinning fans, some tempting couches out the front and a menu ranging from po…
Cafe in Hawera

Someday

In a town short on decent places to eat, you can almost hear Someday cafe sigh at its surroundings. Around 20 can fit on the mid-century chairs and at the industrial communal table, where locals chat over cake and t…
Asian in Oakura

Panda Peeking

Plenty of timber, foliage and conical straw light fittings lend a tropical feel to this Asian fusion restaurant. Owned by the same people behind Hour Glass and Polpetta, this time steamed bao buns, dumplings and oth…
Cafe in Oakura

High Tide

Formerly a food caravan on Oakura Beach, High Tide grew so popular it moved to permanent digs. It's super-fresh cabinet-nosh-only here (try the smoked-salmon bagel or a French pastry), and the coffee is the best in …
Cafe in Opunake

Sugar Juice Café

Happy, hippie and wholesome, Sugar Juice Cafe has some of the most reliable food on SH45. It's brimming with delicious, homemade, filling fare (try the southern-fried-chicken burger for dinner or a sausage roll from…
Ice Cream in Hawera

Gelato Cafe

Although staff can't tell you exactly who dubbed this NZ's best ice cream (albeit in 2013), it's a good sugar hit if you're driving through. The Zabel Gelato brand is made in Hawera using local milk, fruit and a few…
Indian in Oakura

Cafe Mantra

European dishes, authentic Indian mains and wood-fired pizzas – is there anything Mantra doesn't do? This roadside, mostly Indian cafe is Bollywood kitsch meets boardrider shtick. Skewered lamb kebab and chicken tik…
Cafe in Oakura

Carriage Café

Housed in a very slow-moving 1917 railway carriage set back from the main street, this is an unusual stop for good-value breakfast stacks, bacon-and-egg pies and cheese scones. Good coffee, smoothies and milkshakes,…