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Tapas in Kumeu & Around

Tasting Shed

Complementing its rural aspect with rustic chic decor, this slick eatery conjures up delicious dishes designed to be shared. It's not strictly tapas, as the menu strays from Spain and appropriates flavours from Asia…
Cultural Centre in Waitakere Ranges

Arataki

As well as providing information on the 250km of trails within Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, this impressive centre features Māori carvings and spectacular views. The carvings at the entrance depict the ancestors …
Gallery in Titirangi

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

This excellent art gallery is housed in a spectacular modern building on the edge of the village beside the heritage splendour of the former Hotel Titirangi. Rotating exhibitions and installations are sourced both f…
Cafe in Piha

Piha Cafe

Big-city standards mesh seamlessly with sand-between-toes informality at this attractive ecofriendly cafe. Cooked breakfasts and crispy pizzas provide sustenance for a hard day's surfing. After the waves, head back …
Brewery in Kumeu & Around

Hallertau

Hallertau offers tasting paddles ($12 to $14) of its craft beers served in its spacious and sociable biergarten, and inside on cosy tables near the bar. Regular guest beers, good food, and occasional weekend DJs and…
Mediterranean in Titirangi

Deco Eatery

Located amid the heritage vibe of Lopdell House, Deco's decor channels a Turkish ambience, while the menu combines Anatolian classics with a broader Mediterranean focus. The restaurant is spacious and sunny, and a g…
Burgers in Te Henga (Bethells Beach)

Bethells Cafe

Less a cafe and more a food truck with an awning, Bethells Cafe does a roaring trade in burgers (beef and vegetarian), pizza, cakes and coffee. On Friday nights it's pretty much the perfect Kiwi beach scene, with li…
Museum in Titirangi

McCahon House

It’s a mark of the esteem in which Colin McCahon is held that the house he lived and painted in during the 1950s has been opened to the public as a mini-museum. The swish pad next door is home to the artist lucky en…
Pub in Kumeu & Around

Riverhead

A blissful terrace, shaded by oak trees and overlooking the river, makes this 1857 hotel a memorable drink stop, even if the menu (mains $31 to $39) doesn't quite live up to its gastropub ambitions. Make a day of it…
Sports & Outdoors in Piha

Piha Surf Shop

A family run venture, with well-known surfboard designer Mike Jolly selling his wares and wife Pam selling cool T-shirts and a small range of crafts. Surfboards (per three hours/day $25/35), wetsuits ($8/18) and bod…