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We live by the coast and we’re blessed with fertile land and abundant seafood. It’s in our nature to share this delicious bounty with others – and where better to do so than beside our beautiful harbours and ocean waves.

Fisherman's Wharf CafeFisherman's Wharf, Ohope

What: Sip drinks on the deck and watch the sun set over Ohope’s peaceful harbour. Or enjoy a meal while boats sail past and kids jump off the nearby wharf. Enjoy fresh fish, seafood delicacies and more, while taking in one of the best views around. Children are welcome here and activity sheets are provided to keep little ones occupied.

Where: 340 Harbour Rd, Ohope Beach. Ph 07-312 4017

Harbourside Restaurant Tauranga

Harbourside, Tauranga

What: This is waterfront dining at its best – Harbourside is one of our most popular high-end restaurants. Modern fine dining dishes are created and locally-grown ingredients are given special priority on the menu. The outdoor deck is protected against the elements so you can enjoy the view across the blue expanse of Tauranga Harbour all year round.

Where: 150 The Strand, Tauranga. Ph (07) 571 0520

Bobby's Fresh Fish Market, Tauranga

What: You won’t find fresher fish and chips anywhere on the planet. Bobby’s is a local icon and provides relaxed picnic tables outside where seagulls eagerly wait to pounce on any leftovers. Stroll 100m down the pathway to Tauranga’s waterfront playground and admire the Hairy Maclary statues afterwards with your kids.

Where: 1 Dive Crescent. Ph (07) 578 1789

Phil's Place Tauranga

Phil’s Place, Tauranga

What: Heavy rock fans won’t want to miss this restaurant, owned by AC/DC drummer and local resident, Phil Rudd. Dine indoors amid the New York-style décor or sit outside and gaze across the marina and harbour towards Mount Maunganui. The best local produce, along with national and international ingredients, are sourced to create fresh and exquisite dishes.

Where: 101 Te Awanui Drive, Tauranga Bridge Marina. Ph (07) 574 4147

Flatwhite Waihi BeachFlat White Café, Waihi Beach

What: Walk straight off the beach and into this popular café. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus a great range of cabinet food), the Flat While has a rustic wooden charm that is quintessentially Kiwi. Watch the ocean waves tumble towards you as you dine indoors or out on the deck. This is a very relaxing place to unwind and enjoy good food and drinks.

Where: 21 Shaw Rd, Waihi Beach. Ph (07) 863 1346

Bluebiyou, Papamoa

What: Bluebiyou is the only restaurant in the Bay of Plenty located directly on the beach – you can literally step out of the sea and cross the sand to their very doorstep. Their menu offers top quality, fresh produce with an emphasis on seafood. The delicious natural food and chilled-out atmosphere is the epitome of ‘beachy’.

Where: 559 Papamoa Beach Rd, Papamoa. Ph (07) 572 2099

Skippers Restaurant, Omokoroa Boat Club

What: Dine over the water on the edge of Omokoroa’s serene harbour. Skippers restaurant is open for lunch and dinner – you can enjoy gourmet pizzas, steaks, burgers and of course, seafood. You can also grab breakfast here on the weekends. Boat Club members get a 10% discount.

Where: The Esplanade, Omokoroa. Ph (07) 548 0960

Halo Restaurant TaurangaHalo Restaurant, Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga

What: If you’re after a chic spot to watch the sun rise, set or play across the water, head straight to Halo. Floor to ceiling glass windows make the most of the harbour view, or dine alfresco on the wide balcony. Halo’s seasonal menu showcases our region’s superb ingredients as well as high-quality New Zealand produce.

Where: 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga. Ph 577 8704

Tay St Beach Cafe, Mount Maunganui

What: Live like a Mount local and pop into Tay St Café before or after your swim at the beach. This relaxed yet stylish café serves breakfast and lunch, plus dinner from Wednesday – Saturday. Their menu focusses on fresh seasonal ingredients, crunchy textures, gorgeous dressings, lots of herbs and healthy eating. A great place to enjoy locally-produced food. Children are welcome here and dogs can sit with their owners on deck outside.

Where: 154 Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui. Ph 07 572 0691

A Buoy Marina Restaurant, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club

What: Formerly known as The Salt Kitchen, this casual restaurant is in the heart of Tauranga’s Sulphur Point Marina and offers reasonably-priced meals that cater to everyone’s tastes. Call in here before or after you set sail on the water and admire the big game fishing memorabilia on the walls. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Where: 66 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point Marina, Tauranga. Ph (07) 578 6203 ext 4.

Created: 08 March 2018

Last updated: 29 March 2018