Restaurants

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 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 …
Top Choice Burgers in Whanganui

Citadel

Looking for the best burgers on the North Island? Community-minded Citadel, 10 minutes' drive from Whanganui centre, is a contender. Alongside classics, the Eh Monster is a feat of endurance. Order it (alongside loa…
Top Choice International in Palmerston North

Nero Restaurant

Set in a refreshed 1918 Victorian with a manicured al fresco dining area, Nero is the peak of fine dining in Palmy. The chef and owner is an ambassador for Beef & Lamb New Zealand, but also serves dishes like st…
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 Vietnamese in Palmerston North

Saigon Corner

The pick of Palmy cheap eats, this cheerful, casual Vietnamese restaurant nails all the classics: pho, banh mi, rice-paper rolls, and noodle and rice dishes. Fresh and filled with locals, it's good to eat in or take…
Top Choice Cafe in Palmerston North

Local

Brilliant Local specialises in build-your-own meals. For breakfast, that means eggs with additions like potato-herb hash and grilled salmon, and for lunch, wholesome bowls with your choice of protein on salad. Shari…
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…
Top Choice Cafe in Whanganui

Mischief on Guyton

With cheeky signage and a flip calendar of quotes not suitable to print but good for a laugh with your coffee, Mischief on Guyton is true to its name. Step inside (or through to the courtyard) for a combined brunch …