New Zealand Dining Destinations

1. Food at Wharepuke

Fine dining in Northland

This unique Cafe & Restaurant is set amongst a lush sub-tropical garden, and serves European and Thai inspired food. It is a family owned and operated business and it is clear to see their passion for great tasting food. This all comes with a side order of fantastic service as well.

2. Gina's Pizza and Pasta Bar

Funky Italian Restaurant in Auckland

CIAO and welcome to Gina's Pizza & Pasta Bar also known as 'Gina's'. They serve mouth-watering Italian food, which is not limited to pizza and pasta. Their service is genuinely Italian with exuberance and style.

This is a very cool restaurant but not one to go to if you are wanting peace and quiet. The atmosphere here is very joyful and lively and you will struggle to find anywhere else in Auckland quite like it.

3. Miles Better Pies

Cafe / Pie Shop in Fiordland

Come to Miles Better Pies and you can choose from 16 varieties of gourmet pies, including venison!

But wait, there's more! You can also get pasties, sandwiches and home-made cakes and squares, and of course the best coffee in town.

So if you are ever is this amazing part of New Zealand you will not want to miss out on having one of Miles Better Pies. It is simply the best!

4. 3C Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant in Wellington

At the turn of the 20th century the Colonial Carrying Company sailed to all parts of the globe to procure the exotic, the necessary and the familiar for our developing nation.

Today, 3C bar and restaurant proudly continues in that same merchant adventuring tradition, using our hard-won knowledge and worldly connections to source the best in food, beer and wine from the four corners of the world, and believe us when we say they make a mean burger.

Situated in the heart of Wellington's exciting new Chews Lane entertainment precinct, 3C eagerly awaits your custom.

5. Beyond the Bridge Cafe

Cool little cafe in Manawatu

This really is a peaceful place for a cuppa and a bite to eat, and best of all they have an outdoor pizza oven. Way cool.

So if you are in Manawatu and you are looking for that much needed cup of tea, you will not find anything better than Beyond the Bridge Cafe.

6. Take Five Restaurant & Jazz Bar

Restaurant in Hawkes Bay

Take Five restaurant dining is intimate with the emphasis being on giving the customer time to enjoy the food and wine experience say Proprietors Peter Greene and Lesley Kingston.

Along with this, the restaurant offers up live jazz every Friday and Saturday evening.

Really cool place to come for that complete dining experience.

7. The Mussel Pot

Quirky Restaurant in Marlborough

The Mussel Pot is a quaint little restaurant / cafe located in Havelock, Marlborough. Havelock is known as the "Greenshell Mussel Capital" as over 85% of New Zealand's famous greenshell mussels are grown and harvested at their back door in the pristine waters of the Marlborough Sounds.

As you can imagine our menu strongly features these mussels, but having an Italian Owner and Head Chef we also have lots of choice for the non-mussel lover.

But just in case you are wondering, yes, you are guaranteed delicious Marlborough mussels harvested in local waters, fresh and live to The Mussel Pot all year around.

8. Logan Brown Restaurant and Bar

Fine dining in Wellington

Everything you would expect from a leading fine dining restaurant except the pretension. Owners Logan and Brown believes having high standards does not mean their restaurant has to be formal.

The food concept is about honesty and simplicity with a balance of taste and textures without muddling the flavors. Plate presentation is important, but the real focus is on cooking correctly and creating dishes that eat well.

The style of service is warm and friendly with an emphasis on accuracy and product knowledge and an understanding that service needs to be tailor to individual diners' needs.

9. Mrs Clark's Cafe

Brilliant little cafe in Southland

True café style food, coffee and service. Their food is fresh and simple but tasty and home made.

The ambience here is so relaxing and some people never want to leave! They have sourced most of their food locally and it is all freshly made too. The eggs are amazing and come from very happy chickens down the road which are fed organically and are free range. There are many vege and gluten free items on the menu too.

Nothing here is fancy, the food is not over garnished and there is no pretense to what the hosts do. The menu is kept affordable, and the date scones have cult following. Utmost pride is also taken in the coffees.

Overall they do their best to treat everyone the same, taking the time to chat to customers if able and making every effort for customers to feel as if they have come home.

Every day the staff are told how much they love Mrs Clark's Café and for them that is the true reward for working so very hard!

10. The Naked Possum

Unique cafe in Nelson + Tasman

The Naked Possum is an "eco tourism" gem located at the edge of the Kahurangi forest in Golden Bay, New Zealand. Nestled in idyllic bush surrounds at the base of the Whakamarama mountain range it overlooks the Kaituna River and the entrance to the beautiful Kaituna Walking Track.

Their mission is to support the eradication of the brush tail possum (a destructive pest in NZ) in order to ensure that our diminishing native forests are protected and preserved. They are specifically passionate about the restoration of the once magnificent rata forest in Golden Bay so actively encourage ongoing pest control, and the follow up planting of rata trees, in this region.

The Naked Possum is a must do "destination" experience incorporating an eco tannery, a retail possum shop, a rata nursery and a fully licensed, award winning café … complete with large outdoor fire, spit roast and barbeque.

11. Waitete Restaurant, Cafe & Ice Creamery

Excellent restaurant in the Coromandel

This restaurant exists to provide ambiance, excellent service and great tasting food for their guests. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and even have their own ice cream factory on the promises. This produces delicious ice cream, gelato and sorbets. They have room to entertain up to 75 people inside and about 50 over the summer period.

The Personal Philosophy of chef Roland Straessle is: "Totally customer oriented fresh food excellent service and an ambience based on the German word GEMUETLICHKEIT which encompasses everything from the first smile when the guests arrive over the ambience, service and the food to the time after the meal when the customer just lingers and enjoys his time with friends or family in our surrounding, until he decides when it is time to leave. "

12. The Works Cafe Restaurant

Restaurant in Eastland

The Works Café Restaurant is located in the "Old Brick Building by the Port", the last remaining reminder of the Gisborne Freezing Works at the Port of Gisborne. The building housing The Works Café Restaurant was the "Sausage Factory" part of the Freezing Works and reminders of this are seen in the Restaurant.

During the summer you can sit under the grapevine canopy and sample the ambience of this location and restaurant while watching the boats slide gently into the inner harbor. And in the winter, you can sit inside with the fire warming the exterior while the good wines and food keep the inside comfortable and warm.

Source by John Jepson

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