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Waihī Beach’s Surf Shack Eatery has gained another impressive accolade to add to their collection – the Tripadvisor 2020 Travellers’ Choice awards have placed them among the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.

Owners Pippa & Jo Combes said they “did a double-take” when the email came through.

"Its an incredible honnor to receive such an award,” said Pip. “We wouldn’t have been able achieve this without our amazing staff and all the support received from our awesome customers.”

The eatery is yet to have its fifth birthday, but in the time it’s been open has won the NZ Café of the Year Puhoi Valley People’s Choice Award, featured in Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora magazine, and has been dubbed the home of “quite possibly the best burgers in New Zealand” by Lonely Planet.

Pippa and Jo are committed to their sustainable philosophy, have phased out plastic, and donate regularly to bird rescue operations and CanTeen. Their promise on the website is to provide “honestly cooked, authentic food and great coffee.”

Surf Shack Eatery joins other Bay of Plenty favourites in the Tripadvisor awards – Mount Maunganui Main Beach was crowned top beach in New Zealand for the 7th year in a row, Pilot Bay won third place and Ōhope Beach in Whakatāne was fourth.

Winners of the Tripadvisor awards are calculated based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019.



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