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…
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Cable Bay

Impressive ubermodern architecture, interesting sculpture and beautiful views set the scene for this acclaimed restaurant. The food is sublime, but if the budget won’t stretch to a meal, stop in for a wine tasting (…
Pizza in Waiheke Island


Specialising in 'artisan wood-fired food', this caravan by the beach serves the three Ps: pizza, polenta plates and pocket bread. It's easily Waiheke's best place for cheap eats.
Modern NZ in Waiheke Island

Shed at Te Motu

Secure a table shaded by umbrellas in the Shed's rustic courtyard for shared plates imbued with global influences and served by the restaurant's savvy and equally international waitstaff. Highlights might include sh…
Italian in Waiheke Island

Poderi Crisci

Poderi Crisci has quickly gained a sterling reputation for its food, particularly its legendary four-hour lunches on Sundays ($70 per person). Italian varietals and olives have been planted alongside the existing vi…
Cafe in Waiheke Island


Framed by fruit trees, this 1920s-era wooden cottage makes for a perfect stop away from Waiheke's busier tourist spots. A superior range of teas and infusions are served either hot or cold in the relaxing rear court…
Ice Cream in Waiheke Island

Island Gelato

Before school, after school, and on weekdays and weekends, Waiheke locals crowd Island Gelato's funky shipping container garden for delicious ice cream, coffee and bagels. Seasonal ice-cream flavours shine, includin…
Seafood in Waiheke Island

Te Matuku Oysters

Head to this combination seafood retailer and deli selling local gourmet produce for the freshest and best-value oysters on the island. Just $20 will get you 12 freshly shucked oysters. Enjoy with lemon juice and Ta…
Spanish in Waiheke Island

Casita Miro

A wrought-iron and glass pavilion backed with a Gaudí-esque mosaic garden is the stage for a very entertaining troupe of servers who will guide you through the menu of delectable tapas and ración (larger dishes), de…
Cafe in Waiheke Island

Wai Kitchen

Why? Well firstly there's the lively menu that abounds with Mediterranean and Asian flavours. Then there's the charming service and the breezy ambience of this glassed-in wedge, facing the wai (water).