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Northland, New Zealand

Eating and Drinking in Northland, New Zealand

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Café Eutopia

Kaiwaka

Cafés & delis

Far beyond unusual, this place is a complete one-off product from the mind of owner, fantasy author and artist Peter Harris. One part café to one part ‘ongoing sculptural project’, Peter has transplanted his fantastical visions into reality. Step onto the bridge and enter the dream-like courtyard of Eutopia with its lotus fountain surrounded by five domes. Right on the side of the highway heading north, this is the place to stop and refuel on organic, GM-free food and coffee.

Café Eutopia
  • Prices: Breakfasts: muesli $10.50, toasties $9.50.
  • Contact: State Highway 1, Kaiwaka, Northland
  • Tel: 09-4312-999
  • Fax: 09-4312-999
  • Email: karen@eutopia.co.nz
  • Web: www.eutopia.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Mangonui Fish Shop

Mangonui

Cafés & delis

To this Mancunian, this was an eye-opener and a half. A chippy that fries your fish for you while you wait? A chippy with seafood salad, sashimi, fried oysters and crayfish on the menu? Unbelievable. And don’t worry – the chips are excellent as well. Take your meal and drinks outside and watch the fish swim beneath the gallery floor as you eat. The only grit in the oyster? BYO vinegar – apparently it’s a Pom thing.

  • Prices: Breakfast, lunch and dinner range from $5 - $50. Licensed.
  • Contact: Beach Road, Mangonui
  • Tel: 09-406-0478
  • Email: manganui.fish@paradise.net.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Vinyl Cafe

Whangarei

Cafés & delis

Vinyl is definitely groovy, the atmosphere is chilled and the service friendly. They take their food, however, very seriously (as do I!). Juicy meats, so-fresh-it's-flapping fish and an adventurous brunch menu had me salivating at the thought. Monday closed, Tues - Fri 11.30 am - late, Saturday 8am - late and Sunday 9 am - late. Live music and happy hour Friday 5pm - 7 pm.

  • Prices: Mains from $28 - $34. Weekend brunch from $10 - $18.
  • Contact: 14 Rust Ave, Whangarei CBD
  • Tel: 09-438-8105
  • Cel: 021-711-138
  • Email: info@vinylcafe.co.nz
  • Web: www.vinylcafe.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Matakana Village Farmers' Market

Matakana

Markets

Traditional (but with a cosmopolitan twist), medieval-type wooden stalls allow up to 31 local growers and food producers to sell fresh fruit, gourmet spray-free veggies and a myriad of other products every Saturday. There’s Swiss organic chocolate, eggs, jellies and preserves, cheeses, mussel fritters, chutneys and pickles, olive oils, breads, specialty meats, honey, flowers and more. I tucked into a hearty breakfast accompanied by a freshly-brewed espresso coffee before wandering by the river to watch musicians perform. This is a proper, organic posh-nosh heaven, with a heady market atmosphere that’s quick to soak up.

Matakana Village Farmers' Market
  • Prices: Hours: 8am - 1pm all year round.
  • Contact: 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana
  • Tel: 09-422-6889
  • Fax: 09-422-6889
  • Cel: 021-141-4308
  • Email: mihou@paradise.net.nz
  • Web: www.matakanavillage.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Café Jerusalem

Bay of Islands - Kerikeri

Restaurants

This is the kind of place that no matter how short your stay is in town, one visit just never seems enough. Tucked back from Kerikeri’s main street, you can sit on a quiet cobblestone courtyard under vines and tuck into some phenomenally tasty Middle Eastern food. The lamb schwarmas are the stars of the show, followed closely by the various vegetarian platters and lunch-time kebabs, all served quick as a flash by super friendly staff. Finish up your meal with some baklava, mint tea or a shisha. Very rarely will you find so much taste for so little money.

  • Prices: Satisfying meals from $15.50 to $23.
  • Contact: Cobblestone Mall, Kerikeri, Northland
  • Tel: 09-407-1001
  • Email: cafejlem@ihug.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Pure Tastes

Bay of Islands - Paihia

Restaurants

Inspired by many global cuisines, much of the food here is bold in flavour with a contemporary edge, challenging diners to open their minds, not just their mouths, and broaden their palates to try something new and exciting. Signature dishes on the menu include a starter of tempura Ludbrook (as in Christine from GG's fantastic Ludbrook Guesthouse) figs with blue cheese & orange, main course of tomato mussels & pearl couscous, eggplant caviare & sticky mustard dressing and an infamous dessert of dark chocolate tart with espresso gelato & apple chips. With such comely dishes as these need I say more…?

Pure Tastes
  • Contact: 116 Marsden Road, Paihia, Northland
  • Tel: 09-402-0003
  • Fax: 09-402-6026
  • Cel: 021-505-938
  • Email: info@puretastes.co.nz
  • Web: www.puretastes.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Marina Pizzeria

Tutukaka

Restaurants

Tim, a recent import from the UK, is the cheery chap who runs this great little pizzeria bang on the boat-filled Tutukaka harbour. Sit out on the deck and get stuck into a Landlubber Pizza (spicy hot, certainly packs a punch) or the terrific 3-Metre Swell (top-filled, local seafood combo). You can take away but with a fantastic position like this, you’d really be missing out.

  • Prices: Pizzas: $13 - $19 small, $17 - $23 large. Open 10am - 8pm, Thursday to Sunday.
  • Contact: The Marina, Tutukaka, Whangarei
  • Tel: 09-434-3166
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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A Deco

Whangarei

Restaurants

‘Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!’ proclaims one happy customer, undoubtedly not the first to rave so highly about this stylish and intimate restaurant. As the name suggests, there’s a classic art deco theme throughout from the wonderful building to the elegant presentation of the dishes. Nothing here disappoints. The very friendly staff is entirely on the ball and the food, well, I think a long and meaningful ‘mmmmm’ should suffice. Try Brenton’s famous pumpkin tortellini on spinach with sage butter and the pina colada crème brûlée with pineapple sorbet. This is the kind of place you wish you could transport to your home town, which makes the savouring of it all the more sweet... while you can.Dinner from 6pm.

  • Contact: 70 Kamo Road, Kensington, Whangarei
  • Tel: 09-459-4957
  • Email: Bridget.Candy@pernod-ricard-nz.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Karikari Estate Winery

Karikari Peninsula

Wine

This is New Zealand's northernmost winery and it is positioned on the achingly beautiful Doubtless Bay on the Karikari Peninsula. Several French grape varieties and Italian montepuliciano appear to enjoy the region and climate as much as I did, and duly prosper.

Karikari Estate Winery
  • Contact: Maitai Bay Road, Karikari Peninsula, RD3 Kaitaia
  • Tel: 09-408-7222
  • Email: info@karikariestate.co.nz
  • Web: www.karikariestate.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Ascension Vineyard

Matakana

Wine

Family-run warmth and wine-country graciousness make the perfect blend here at this fantastic Matakana vineyard. Fifth generation wine-makers, Darryl, Bridget and family produce highly sought-after, hand-crafted wines and happily take their food as seriously as its accompaniment in their award-winning restaurant. This is a very special and exceptionally friendly place where lots of events are put on to entertain throughout the year from jazz concerts and comedy theatre to their big, not-to-be-missed, autumnal harvest dinner (includes grape stomping!).

Ascension Vineyard
  • Prices: Cellar door wine prices $22 - $50. Restaurant main dishes: lunch $18 - $26, dinner $22 - $32.
  • Contact: 480 Matakana Road, Matakana, Northland
  • Tel: 09-422-9601
  • Email: info@ascensionvineyard.co.nz
  • Web: www.ascensionvineyard.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Ransom Wines

Warkworth

Wine

‘Fabulous - keep it quiet or tell everyone!’ reads a jubilant whisper in the guest book. Firmly placing myself in the latter category, there’ll be no hushing here.... Ransom Wines is one of my favourite vineyards. In a truly captivating setting, this is a winery at peace with itself. It is New Zealand through and through, quite set apart from the usual. There is simple quality in everything from the contemporarily rustic architecture to the wine taster’s platters of spreads, cured meats, marinated vegetables and crusty bread. And the wines, a range from classic French grape varieties, are fantastic. But I shall let them speak for themselves.

Ransom Wines
  • Prices: $18 per head for the lunch platters. Wines $17 - $38 per bottle. Tasting flights are a $5 donation to charity or $10 if you sit at the bar.
  • Contact: 46 Valerie Close, Warkworth
  • Tel: 09-425-8862
  • Fax: 09-425-8864
  • Email: info@ransomwines.co.nz
  • Web: www.ransomwines.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Northland Highlights

  • Explore the secluded bays, long white beaches, velvet-green rolling hills and sleepy fishing settlements of the Whangarei Heads. This is one of the most beautiful, and gladly, least visited parts of Northland.
  • Dive or snorkel the fantastic Poor Knights Islands, go inside the biggest sea cave you'll ever see and round off the day with a pizza in Tutukaka's quiet harbour.
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