Top Choice Mediterranean in New Plymouth


Despite its resemblance to a cheese grater, Arborio, in the Puke Ariki building, is the star of New Plymouth’s food show. It’s airy, arty and modern, with sea views and faultless service. The Med-influenced menu ran…
Top Choice Cafe in Whanganui

Yellow House Café

Take a walk away from the main drag for funky tunes, buttermilk pancakes, local art and courtyard tables beneath a chunky-trunk cherry blossom tree. Ooh look – lemon coconut slice! Super-friendly staff bend over bac…
Top Choice Cafe in Opunake

Sugar Juice Café

Happy, hippie and wholesome, Sugar Juice Café has some of the best food on SH45. It's brimming with delicious, homemade, filling things (try the crayfish-and-prawn ravioli or cranberry lamb shanks). Terrific coffee,…
Top Choice Cafe in New Plymouth

Federal Store

Super-popular and crammed with retro furniture, Federal conjures up a 1950s corner-store vibe. Switched-on staff in dinky head scarves take your coffee requests as you queue to order food at the counter, keeping you…
Top Choice Cafe in Okato & Around

Cafe Lahar

Excellent new Lahar occupies an angular, black-trimmed timber box in the middle of Okato (hard to miss – there's not much else here). It's a lofty space with spinning fans, a couple of tempting couches out the front…
Top Choice Cafe in Whanganui

Mischief on Guyton

'I believe in reality every now and then' says the little sign in the window. How mischievous. Step inside for cafe classics (eggs Benedict, savoury mince) and globally inspired lunch mains (Thai green prawn curry, …
Cafe in New Plymouth


Not so much chaotic as endearingly boho, Chaos is a dependable spot for a coffee and a zingy brunch. Spicy beans with avocado and cheese, background jazz, smiley staff and artful interior design – hard to beat! Plen…
Cafe in Whanganui


Stellar is a buzzy bar-cum-restaurant in a stellar location on the corner of the main street and Taupo Quay. Inside, tuck into pizzas, steaks, pastas, lamb shanks, big salads and cold beers as the All Blacks collide…
Supermarket in Whanganui

New World

Self-catering option.
Cafe in Palmerston North


This chipper corner cafe is a real George St fixture, decked out in primary colours with big windows. Staff members are equally upbeat and the all-day menu is top value (stellar omelettes). If you’ve got gluten issu…