North Island Restaurants

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    Looking NW from Fox & Hounds
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North Island Restaurants

  • Waterfront Café

    Auckland Restaurants

    Open 7 days, 8.00am till late. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Most people head for the Viaduct Basin and it's array of eateries. However it is rather expensive there, albeit nice and modern. I have known a while now about this place. Just a few steps from the Basin, and I think the best kept secret, is Waterfront Café. The food is superb, the service...

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  • Fishermans Table

    Wellington Restaurants

    This restaurant has a perfect location - situated at the waterfront of Oriental Bay, only a short distance to Wellingtons city center, it has a splendid view of the bay and the harbour district. The restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists. So it is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance. Service and quality were...

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  • The Castle Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Approaching Tirau from the south, you will see a big castle on a hill. Of course we don't have castles in New Zealand and this one is actually a cafe where you can stop for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Being a castle freak, I was intrigued enough to go up and have a look, but I didn't stop for food. There is a gift shop inside and the...

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  • Roquette Restaurant and Bar

    Whakatane Restaurants

    Roquette Restaurant was such a pleasant surprise and wonderful dining experience in this small coastal town. We dined for lunch so I don't have evening experience, but if I am ever back here overnight will dine here for sure. Located across the road from the river, sadly the water view is obscured, but nice lookout all the same. The ambience is...

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  • Aroy Dee Thai Restaurant

    Takapuna Restaurants

    Aroy Dee has a great $10 lunch deal offering, making it the perfect place for both seniors and backpackers alike, as well as everyone else. A nice large dining area, you can separate yourself from others if you wish. Staff were exemplary and determined to please the clientele. We got our food very fast, and efficiently, as well the staff returned...

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  • Orbit Restaurant

    Auckland Restaurants

    Orbit is a very classy restaurant. It is right below the top floor of Sky Tower. The restaurant rotates while you eat. It sounds like a cool idea but was actually making my wife and I feel sick. (they can set the movement to various speeds) The food was pretty good and a bit on the pricey side. You also get free admission to the Sky Tower...

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  • One Red Dog

    Wellington Restaurants

    One Red Dog is listed as a pizza restaurant and it, in my experience, delivers some of the best. Located off Wellington's Courtenay Place in Blair St, ORD is very popular so get there early. There are tables in prime locations by the window and many others dotted around catering for different group sizes. Another feature of ORD is its home brewed...

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  • Poppys Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Poppys (sic) Cafe in Tirau bakes it's own cakes and scones. There are delicious quiches and pies. The coffee is great and the prices what one would expect. Service can be a little slow and you might have to get up to get your own sugar!

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  • Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe

    Takapuna Restaurants

    There a number of Belgian Beer Cafes around Auckland but this one is situated near the beach in Hurstmere Road in Takapuna. Hours. Mon-Fri 11.30am-late, Sat 10am-late, Sun 9am-late. Nt to be missed, my perennial favourite is moules (mussels) frites and mayonnaise. Consumed with a beer - what could be better

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  • CIN CIN on Quay

    Auckland Restaurants

    Cin Cin is a very fashionable restaurant and one of the oldest established restaurants in the city. It has very unique location in the old Ferry Building overlooking the water. The setting is luxurious, high ceilings, granite and beautiful table settings. The flavour is Italian and Asian with pastas, risottos and noodles. They also have wood-fired...

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  • The Green Parrot

    Wellington Restaurants

    The Green Parrot has been in operation since 1926 and is a bit of an institution in Wellington. Located near the corner of Taranaki and Cable streets the restaurant is rather basic with older formica tables and comfy old style seats. On arriving you are seated and then get some slices of bread with some knobs of butter delivered - rather weird in...

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  • Manuka Restaurant

    Auckland Restaurants

    We ate at the Manuka restaurant on our first evening in New Zealand, and we were very glad to have some fresh vegetables after 2 days spent eating in airports and airplanes! We went for a classic Greek salad and some fresh fruits which is not what you usually eat to test a restaurant, so my opinion is not a complete one. I can say that the...

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  • Caffe L'Affare

    Wellington Restaurants

    I've labelled L'Affare as a Coffeehouse as no option for a Cafe. Caffe L'Affare is more than just a coffee place with its really good breakfast and lunch menus as well as great coffee. The place is normally very very busy though service is quick and friendly in the face of lots of suits with Blackberry. Breakfasts include the standard eggs and add...

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  • The Loaded Hog

    Auckland Restaurants

    The Loaded Hog is a large pub/restaurant located on the waterfront at Prince's Wharf in downtown Auckland. It offers a big outdoor seating area (facing the wharf), a cavernous interior and an upstairs seating area with a balcony overlooking the wharf. It is a nice setting in which to enjoy a pub lunch, or just a beer, while watching the world go...

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  • Matterhorn

    Wellington Restaurants

    As this bar and restaurant (with really good and now award winning food; see update at the bottom) has been described as legendary, iconic, a must-have-been place and Wellington institution in every travel guide for centuries we would not want to miss it on our last Wellington visit. Well, it was not full of the promised chic and important people....

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  • Canton

    Auckland Restaurants

    If you love Chinese dinning as we do, this is one of Auckland's best, with freindly staff and great food at reasonable prices this is not to be missed. We have been here a number of times now and it is always busy, so do not forget to book!! My favourite dish's are sweat 'n' sour pork and the ginger beef and oh the lamb is so yummy and the prawns...

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  • Offbeat Originals Ltd

    Wellington Restaurants

    First off I love the paua shell ashtrays that you collect for yourself in the bin by the fishpond by the door. Really know you are back in NZ when you see the good old paua shell ashtrays. Second off I love their menu. You can get peanut butter milkshakes or you can be traditional and go for the blue heaven flavour. You can get a tofu burger...

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  • Sawadee Thai Cuisine

    Auckland Restaurants

    Hi there, A group of ten of us came over last night (26th Feb 2012) for dinner to celebrate my friend's birthday. We had a really good time and the food was delicious. While we were waiting outside for the rest of our group to finish paying for their meals, we were talking and laughing as friends would and then the staff at the counter who was...

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  • Kaffee Eis

    Wellington Restaurants

    There are several outlets of this coffee house, and although the coffee and the cakes might be delicious I am absolutely not interested in that. It is the gelato that makes my mouth water only by the thought of it. Perhaps you do not know yet that one of the things I miss most in New Zealand is more authentic places with authentic Italian food,...

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  • Little Turkish Cafe

    Auckland Restaurants

    Little Turkish Cafe is, as its name suggests, a small Turkish cafe located on Karangahape Road in Auckland city centre. It is a no-frills establishment and is popular both with locals and with backpackers on a tight budget. I ate here twice during my stay in Auckland, and on both occasions it was very busy. The cafe has a handful of tables inside...

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  • Arizona Bar & Grill

    Wellington Restaurants

    We went to this restaurant when we had planned to have dinner somewhere at the Waterfront around Queen’s Wharf and did not find the restaurants overly exciting, especially the Loaded Hog has a much nicer atmosphere in Christchurch. So we walked back towards Lambton Quay, intenting to take the bus to Courtenay Place – and this restaurant caught our...

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  • Mink Café

    Auckland Restaurants

    Nice sunny outdoor dining area as well as indoor dining. Spacious and nice ambience. Great place to dine if you are planning to do some shopping in Parnell. I had brunch and chose French Toast, with Banana and Bacon. This is really a favourite of mine and widely available. Mink presented a fine example of this dish, and I feel I eat it often...

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  • Lone Star Cafe & Bar

    Wellington Restaurants

    The Lone Star in Wellington is part of a chain of same named places in NZ serving big meals of good quality. The Wellington version is no exception though the meals are certainly no where near as large as their counterparts in Christchurch. The restaurant is located on Tory Street, not far from Courtenay Place and has a bar area and seating for...

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  • Mission Bay Fisheries

    Auckland Restaurants

    Mission Bay Fisheries is a small fish and chips shop and fast food joint opposite the beach at Mission Bay. I ate here one lunchtime in April 2006 having made the 7km walk from central Auckland in the morning before making the return walk later in the afternoon. I didn't feel so guilty eating fish and chips amid all that walking! There are a...

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  • Soi Cafe and Bar

    Wellington Restaurants

    This restaurant is located so superbly - right on the water at Greta Point with a view of planes taking off and landing at Rongotai Airport - that I could have forgiven quite a lot. As it was there was really nothing to forgive. I even liked the adventure of not being sure where it was. Bit of a cunning lark that. It was obviously a boat house and...

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  • Starbucks Coffee

    Auckland Restaurants

    I don’t plan to include every Starbucks Café on my pages, but every now and then a special one is worth a mention. This Starbucks is situated in the popular Parnell Village shops. Not too far from central Auckland, easy to get to. Parnell is on the LINK bus route, so that makes things easy. I just like sitting on the outdoor tables, watching the...

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  • Monsoon Poon

    Wellington Restaurants

    Monsoon Poon is a great place to eat in Wellington and is normally very busy. You can always get a table here early in the night and you'll generally have to wait in the bar for a table to come free later in the evening. The menu is pretty good and also has options for allergy sufferers (gluten, dairy & nut) with a special menu indicating dishes...

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  • Oh Calcutta

    Auckland Restaurants

    You'd think with a name like Oh Calcutta this place might not be that good however you would be completely wrong. The setting on Parnell Rise is really good with a few outside seats kept warm, if it's on the chilly side, by some heaters on the ceiling. The service was quick and the food really good. A good selection of beer was on the menu & my...

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  • Kazu Japanese Restaurant

    Wellington Restaurants

    I tend to avoid Japanese restaurants in New Zealand due to the lack of authenticity, with too many dolls and Japanese trinkets around the place. Kazu is not like that at all, and very much resembles the type of upmarket Yakitori restaurant you can find in Japan itself. The food is pretty good, and I enjoyed the large vessels of beer as well.

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  • Iguacu Restaurant and Bar

    Auckland Restaurants

    Iguacu is a nice restaurant and bar in trendy Parnell, one of Aucklands more fashionable areas. The restaurant is quite big, with an outside dining area at the front. We stuck with the bar, which was very indoor/outdoor all at the same time, and very relaxed. Ordering a couple of bar meals to go with our drinks, we expected a bowl of wedges and a...

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  • Hammerheads Seafood Restaurant

    Auckland Restaurants

    Hammerheads is along Tamaki Drive on the waterfront of Okahu Bay – about 5 mins from downtown. They have floor to ceiling windows to make full use of the wonderful view of the harbour. You can dine inside or out on the decks. They of course specialize in seafood but also have a range of vegetarian and non-seafood dishes to choose from. The...

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  • Vertigo

    Auckland Restaurants

    As we were staying at Mercure, Customs Street we enjoyed a sundowner drink at the Vertigo Restaurant and bar on the top floor. Happy hour daily 4:30pm to 6:30 pm provides an opportunity to enjoy both the drink and the views of Auckland CBD and Auckland Harbour. Reduced drink prices as well: Mac's Gold and Mac's Sassy Red $5; House Spirits $5 ;...

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  • Euro Bar

    Auckland Restaurants

    Euro is usually the first place on my list of things to do when returning to Auckland, which isn't often enough. The food and service is consistently excellent, plus the wine list is great (try the 13 pinot noir if they have any left). Lots of places have come and gone since I lived there 8 years ago, but Euro is still the shiznit.

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  • Vinnies

    Auckland Restaurants

    Valentine's Day fell on the last day of our trip to New Zealand, so my wife and I wanted to book a romantic gourmet restaurant for a special dinner together. A Kiwi friend of ours recommeded Vinnies in the posh Ponsonby area of Auckland. As it turns out, many locals consider Vinnies to be one of if not THE top restaurant in Auckland. That evening...

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  • Rocket Kitchen

    Auckland Restaurants

    Rocket Kitchen provided contemporary takeaway cuisine. Ranging from pre-cooked gourment meals, to birthday/wedding cakes. They sell a selection of gourmet ingredients and preserves/condiments. The chocolate whisky cake is really moist and lasts for 3-4 days without going stale - if it survives lol.

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  • Jacques

    Auckland Restaurants

    The cafe is in Waitemata Harbour, so it's the location and the view that make it special, but the service and the atmosphere were great, too. I only had a coffee and a pavlova, so the pavlova must be my favourite :-) (it was indeed yummy.... and the coffee was nice, too). They have a proper lunch and dinner menu though.

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  • Limon Café & Bar

    Auckland Restaurants

    The ambience was a winner all round here at Limon! Inside, the indoor tables and the bar, is very tastefully decorated with interesting "stuff". Outdoors, sitting in the sun on the wharf was just so very enjoyable. Plenty to watch while you enjoy your meal and chat with friends. I really enjoyed the Weekend Special Menu. Eggs Benedict, with...

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  • Breadwinner Bakery & Café, ST HELIERS.

    Auckland Restaurants

    This place is a real gem!! Extremely well priced within anyone's budget, and good wholesome food with excellent Vittoria coffee. I really was excited to find this little place. This is for coffees and lunch, we are not talking an evening meal here. But in the area where waterside cafés and restaurants can really cost the "earth" to dine at, this...

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  • Kahve

    Auckland Restaurants

    Set in an old 1920's wooden building on the corner overlooking the harbour, Kahve is a really pleasing place to have brunch or dinner. Brunch Menu Some items only. $4NZ Warm Croissant $4 Toasted English Muffin $8.50 Cereal and Fresh Fruit $12 Pancakes with maple syrup and fresh fruit. $13 French Toast with bacon and fresh fruit. $13 Spanish...

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  • Antoines

    Auckland Restaurants

    Whenever we all want to go out for fine dining or to celebrate something, Antoine's is the place. It is quaint, very upscale with the most delicious cuisine. My husband's parents also are friends with the owners and they always do their best to give us their best. Everything is great, honestly. The Bluff oysters are superb

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  • The Williamson

    Auckland Restaurants

    Originally this was the old Ponsonby Fire Station and over many years the building has become the home of many restaurant businesses (including one called 'The Old Ponsonby Fire Station'). Today the restaurant called the ‘Hydrant’ is established there. They are a fully licensed café and bay. They are also BYO for wine only.

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  • The Occidental

    Auckland Restaurants

    This place used to be the place to hang out after work. It was dingy, drab and pokey. It was great!!! Then after three years away in London I came back and the place had transformed into a very smart trendy Belgium gastro pub. I was, to say the least, not impressed - that was until I got taken there for lunch. My opinion has certainly changed and I...

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  • Thai Friends Restaurant, Parnell...

    Auckland Restaurants

    We discovered this lovely restaurant in 1995 and have been back there several times since then, and I always refer to it as the best Thai restaurant I have ever been to. The quality of the food has not deteriorated over the years, and I can say that as I always order a similar main dish LOL My absolute favourite had always been a fish/seafood curry...

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  • The Strawberry Alarmclock Restaurant &...

    Auckland Restaurants

    Parnell is a great place for brunch, especially on a sunny morning. Needless to say, I indulged in my favourite dish, French Toast. Strawberry Alarm Clock do that wonderfully and as I have eaten a lot of these particular bfasts, I feel adequately qualified to comment. And I love cafés that keep brunch going for a decent part of the day. Oh and...

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  • Pasta Italia

    Auckland Restaurants

    This is a very cute little place, set among a residential area not so far from Parnell Village. The atmosphere is fun and friendly as you sit among some of the more "successful" members of the community. There just seemed to be an excessive amount of continental cars parked outside. The salads are interesting and delicious, all very fresh and...

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