For the foodies
Enjoying good food and wine is always a highlight of being on holiday, and the Bay of Plenty won’t disappoint.
This region was named by Captain James Cook for its plentiful resources on both land and sea, and the Bay of Plenty has a smorgasbord of fresh produce for you to sample – whether it’s vine-ripened fruit or fresh seafood caught the same day.
Step onshore at Mount Maunganui and enjoy a meal at one of the nearby cafes or restaurants. You will find a wide range of dining establishments within easy walking distance on Maunganui Rd. Or head toward our towering local mountain “Mauao” and pull up a chair outside one of the oceanside cafes. Lunch in the sun followed by a walk along our famous white sand beach is an ideal way to spend the day.
Alternatively, catch a bus or taxi across the Tauranga Harbour Bridge and dine along The Strand – Tauranga’s waterfront dining precinct. Choose from a wide range of international cuisines or grab a casual pizza, salad or tapas platter to share. The view across the harbour on a fine day is spectacular – you won’t want to move from this spot.
Tauranga’s leading winery Mills Reef is set on sprawling grounds in the suburb of Bethlehem. Sample their premium wines in their tasting room before enjoying a fine-dining meal either indoors or outside in the sunshine.
The Bay of Plenty specialises in growing kiwifruit, creamy avocados, citrus fruit and berries, in particular. Artisan food producers are based throughout the region and supply local cafes and restaurants with the very best olive oils, cheese, bread, smoked seafood, salamis, chutneys, jams and more. Look for local brand names such as Heilala Vanilla on the menu and try our locally-sourced ingredients for yourself.
Tipping is not required or expected in New Zealand and all prices include our national Goods and Services Tax (GST). If you have special dietary requirements, just ask staff to recommend items to you. They’ll always happily check with the chef if you are unsure. Most restaurant and cafe menus will feature gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options.
You should have no trouble finding a table available during the day – whether you’re after a leisurely al fresco lunch or a quick bite to eat from a bakery or café. A full range of fast-food takeaway outlets can also be found throughout Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Or why not try a local favourite – fish n chips or an ice-cream in a cone.
From early morning until late into the evening, there’s a range of eateries that will serve you the very best local cuisine our region has to offer. Enjoy.