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Northland Restaurants: 10 reviews and 10 photos

Webster's Cafe, Opononi, Northland. - Northland

Webster's Cafe, Opononi, Northland.

Webster's Cafe, Opononi.: Coffee stop in Opononi.

In Opononi, opposite the wharf, you will find Webster's Cafe, set back from the road. You can stroll along the waterfront here then head in for a coffee - as we did, to break the journey down the west coast. This is the last cafe you'll come across before SH12 ends back at the Brynderwyns. Dargaville might have something, but everything always seems shut in Dargaville whenever I pass through.

Comparison: about average

Directions: Directly opposite the wharf in Opononi.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Other

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  • Written Jan 30, 2006
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Pukenui Pacific Cafe and Bar (on left) - Northland

Pukenui Pacific Cafe and Bar (on left)

Pukenui Pacific Cafe and Bar.: An oasis on the road north!

On the road to Cape Reinga in January 2006, dying for a cup of coffee, we were alarmed that Kaitaia (our last major town heading north) seemed to lack a visible cafe! However, having nearly given up, we spotted the Pukenui Pacific in Pukenui on the edge of the Houhora Harbour. Upon entry, I was a little disappointed that the menu only showed 'coffee' as being available. In New Zealand, that means run-of-the-mill filter coffee... very forgetable stuff. When I told the guy at the counter that I'd have a coffee, there was a pregnant pause before he asked, 'What type of coffee?' and proceeded to rattle of ways of drinking coffee like I was some provincial! In NZ there's a bit of a joke in the provinces about the poncey coffee drinkers of the big city, but here I was, a coffee addict feeling I was in a desert and stumbling across an oasis that proved more than a mirage! I wasted no time in ordering a double-shot latte. Phew.
The servings of food are really generous here too.

Address: On SH1, Pukenui

Comparison: about average

Directions: Opposite the wharf.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Other

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  • Written Jan 30, 2006
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Artform Restaurant, gallery and bar, Waipu. - Northland

Artform Restaurant, gallery and bar, Waipu.

Artform: Fine food in Waipu.

Artform is a bar, gallery and restaurant rolled into one in Waipu. In January 2006, I stopped there with two friends for a light dinner and cold beer on the way back to Auckland after a day exploring the Tutukaka Coast. The service is friendly and the food is tasty and good value. I had a salmon and bacon salad with kumara 'shavings' on top. Delicious, with a generous amount of salmon!

Address: 1 The Centre, Waipu.

Comparison: about average

Directions: Waipu is now bypassed by State Highway One, so you need to turn off when you see the sign to Waipu. The town is only 1km off the main road, so makes a good stop for a meal break.

Phone: (in NZ) 09 432 0280

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 5

Theme: Eclectic/International

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  • Written Jan 6, 2006
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Tane Mahuta kiosk. - Northland

Tane Mahuta kiosk.

Tane Mahuta Kiosk.: Poetry and takeaways!

The Tane Mahuta kiosk seems like it's in the middle of no-where. It's actually right beside the carpark at Tane Mahuta on State Highway 12, but it's a long way to the nearest town! The poor girls that work there in the middle of the Waipoua forest must get pretty bored when there's no customers. However, to stop themselves going crazy they write poetry and will gleefully read it to you while you munch on a hot-dog or hot chips (fries for Americans). By the way, a NZ hotdog is a battered sausage on a stick dripping with tomato sauce (yum!), but you can get an American Hotdog if you want (we add the 'American' to differentiate between the two).

Favorite Dish: A hot-dog (kiwi style).

Comparison: least expensive

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Fast Food

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  • Written Jan 26, 2004
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The Mangonui Fish Shop. - Northland

The Mangonui Fish Shop.

The Mangonui Fish Shop.: Good Fish'n'chips, on the water!

This place gets pretty busy in the evenings because it's a stop for day coach trips to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach.
It's in the Lonely Planet and is located on a wharf over the Mangonui Harbour. Of course you have to have fish'n'chips after a day at the beach or in the sea air.
There are also other seafood yummies available such as deliciously succulent Northland scallops, meaty mussels, and other shell fish. There's a bar as well (this isn't your typical neighbourhood fish'n'chip shop!).

Favorite Dish: Fish'n'chips of course...

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Turn off State Highway 10 at the signpost for Mangonui.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Seafood

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  • Written Jan 26, 2004
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