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The Best Food Tours and Places to Eat in Whangarei

The Northland city of Whangarei is not all waterfalls and breathtaking coastal scenery (although there is a lot of that too). It’s also a city with its own culture of cuisine, from contemporary New Zealand fine dining to cultural tours enabling you to make your own Māori hangi! Want to learn more? Dive into this food guide to Whangarei to explore the food tours, places to eat and accommodations for food lovers.

The 10 Best Places to Eat in Whangarei

What are the best places to eat in Whangarei? Hereā€™s our ultimate list of the best restaurants and cafes with something for all tastes and budgets.

  1. TopSail (206 Beach Road)
  2. Split Bar & Restaurant (15 Rathbone Street)
  3. Biggie Bagels (7 Bank Street)
  4. Fat Camel (12 Quality Street)
  5. Suk Jai Thai Restaurant (93 Kamo Road)
  6. Serenity Cafe (45 Quayside)
  7. Cobe Coffee (140 Maunu Road)
  8. The QUAY Kitchen (31 Quayside)
  9. Acropolis Cafe Bar & Grill (325 Port Road)
  10. Kiwi Kai (68 Cameron Street)

Scroll down to ā€œAbout The Best Places to Eat in Whangareiā€ to learn more about our top picks!

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The Best Food Tours in Whangarei

Treat your tastebuds to the local cuisine and enjoy interactive food tours in and around Whangarei. From learning how to prepare traditional Maori dishes to mingling with the producers at the local market, there are a few amazing ways to enjoy a gastronomical experience in Whangarei.

Whangarei Maori Food Tour

Your full-day Maori experience with Tu Tika Tours includes morning tea with homemade Maori bread and locally-made condiments, but that’s just the beginning. After learning how to weave, experiencing a traditional welcoming ceremony and more, you’ll spend the rest of the morning preparing and indulging in your own hangi lunch cooked on hot rocks in an underground oven. Pick-ups are included from the local area.

Whangarei Markets

Enjoy a truly hearty community event at one of Whangarei’s markets. Chat with the friendly locals, pick up some fruit and vegetables, try preserves, honey and olive oil, and enjoy the music from the buskers.

  • Artisans Market – 3-7 pm, Saturday from Labour Weekend through summer – Town Basin
  • Whangarei Growers Market – 6-10 am, Saturday – 17 Water Street
  • The Canopy Night Market – 5 pm fortnightly Fridays through summer – Town Basin
  • Tikipunga Market – 6:30-11 am, Sunday – Corner of Wanaka Street and Denby Crescent

Honey Tasting

Pop into the small family-owned honey packing house, Helmsdale Honey, to taste different varieties of Whangarei honey. From MG and UMF-certified manuka to raw bush honey, there’s plenty to taste and purchase. The Helmsdale Honey itself is 100% raw with no added sugars, chemicals, preservatives, pasteurization or processed blending. Find them at 37 South End Avenue, Raumanga.

More Food Experiences in Whangarei

  • Sample old-fashioned fudge at the NZ Fudge Farm
  • Do a wine tasting at Te Whai Bay Wines or Millers Vineyard
  • See tropical fruit plants and indulge in cafe treats at the Whangarei Quarry Gardens
  • Fish for your dinner on a local fishing charter
  • Dine at the city’s delectable restaurants.

Learn more about each experience in the 8 Best Foodie Experiences in Whangarei.

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About The Best Places to Eat in Whangarei

Of course, every local has their favourite and no two opinions are the same when it comes to restaurants. However, foodies will find enough variety in Whangarei to suit their tastes, whether it’s a creative bagel or a fine dining affair.

Where to Eat: Fine Dining in Whangarei

For fine dining with a view, check out TopSail (206 Beach Road). The farm-to-table cuisine brings the flavours of New Zealand to life along with French influences. Enjoy a carefully selected wine and beer menu chosen to complement the food.

Where to Eat: Restaurants in Whangarei

With a trendy setting and an awesome garden bar to match, Split Bar & Restaurant (15 Rathbone Street) is a good go-to for Kiwi cuisine and a casual yet classy vibe. For a waterfront setting and something for everyone (including vegans and gluten-free), check out The QUAY Kitchen (31 Quayside) boasting creative menus for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Alternative to the usual Town Basin hangout, Acropolis Cafe Bar & Grill (325 Port Road) offers elevated views of the Whangarei Harbour from their Port Nikau location; a breathtaking setting for fresh Greek cuisine

For something even more casual yet a great vibe for family get-togethers, relax with a craft beer and hearty pub grub at The Butter Factory (8 Butter Factory Lane). We also like the stone grill experience of Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack and Craft Bar (117 Bank Street) along with its American-meets-Kiwi menu.

Fat Camel (12 Quality Street) serves flavoursome Israeli cuisine and coffee and entertains with board games. What’s more, there are excellent vegetarian and vegan options. Find them open all day every day, even for lunch and brunch!

If Asian cuisine is more your thing, Suk Jai Thai Restaurant (93 Kamo Road) and Divine Indian Restaurant (16 Porowini Avenue) are a favourite among locals.

Where to Eat: Cafes in Whangarei

Head to the Serenity Cafe (45 Quayside) on the riverside for delicious Kiwi savoury pies and hot breakfasts. Alternatively, get your breakfast or lunch fix from Biggie Bagels (7 Bank Street) boasting mouthwatering sourdough bagels with a unique hip-hop theme.

Walk among the banana trees, see pineapple plants thriving and enjoy the short walks around the stunning Whangarei Quarry Gardens. Once your walk is complete, relax at the light and airy onsite Quail Cafe (37A Russell Road) and have a browse in the art gallery.

For all things Vietnamese, try the Vietnamese coffee roasted on-site, bubble tea and street eats of Cobe Coffee (140 Maunu Road).

Where to Eat: Takeaways in Whangarei

Finally, we can’t end this list of recommendations without mentioning Kiwi Kai (68 Cameron Street) – your go-to for classic Maori cuisine! This is a rare opportunity to sample hangi, kina, fried bread, fish and chips, and more while you’re on the go!

For some of the cheap eats we recommend, check out The Guide to Whangarei on a Budget.

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Alternative Things to Do in Whangarei

While indulging in Northland cuisine is a good way to spend your time in Whangarei, it’s by no means the only way. Be sure to complement your trip with some of the following activities:

Learn more about each activity in the 20 Best Things to Do in Whangarei.

More About Food in Whangarei

That’s it for our complete food guide to Whangarei, including the best places to eat, food tours and more. For more food fun in Whangarei, check these out:

Finally, plan more of your North Island road trip withĀ North Island Food Itinerary: 7 Days andĀ North Island Food Itinerary: 14 Days.

Sources:

The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

Our editorial standards: At NZ Pocket Guide, we uphold strict editorial standards to ensure accurate and quality content.

About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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