Five Top Food Spots in the Coromandel
By Courtney Jarrett
There’s nothing quite like a road trip to get your stomach rumbling, so while you’re busy exploring the iconic coastlines and cultural treasures of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula, be sure to stop off to enjoy some great New Zealand kai. Here are our top five choices:
Mussel Kitchen: Corner Manaia Road & the 309 Road, Coromandel Town
A trip to Coromandel Town isn’t complete without some salty kaimoana, freshly harvested from the Coromandel Mussel Farms. From creamy mussel chowder, to a mixed grill of half shell mussels, there’s something for everyone. Wash it down with their very own Mussel Kitchen Brewing Company beers (and take some home while you’re at it).
The Lost Spring: 121a Cook Drive, Whitianga
Surrounded by bikini clad guests and beautiful blue lagoons, The Lost Spring Café and Restaurant is the perfect stop for a spot of dinner after a long soak in the thermal springs. The tapa-style dishes are fresh, tasty and nutritious. We recommend the Salt and Pepper Squid for the most perfectly cooked squid you’ve ever tried, and the zesty pulled pork tacos. Dine poolside to add to the ambience of the evening.
The Harbour House Café: 11 The Esplanade, Whitianga
With views of the Whitianga wharf, The Harbour House Café is a great spot to people watch whilst enjoying breakfast in the sun. They offer a range of delicious cooked breakfasts, as well as scrumptious cabinet food, baked fresh daily. Best of all, you get a great breakfast served by friendly staff, and quick service.
Hot Water Brewing Co.: 1043 Tairua Whitianga Road, Hot Water Beach
If you’re anything like us you’ll love a cold brew on a hot day. The Hot Water Brewing Co. has your beverage needs sorted on the road between Whitianga and Tairua. Share a tasting paddle of five of their unique Kiwi beers and a bowl of fries as a snack on your way through. Want to take a few cans home for later? We recommend the Kauri Falls Pale Ale for a fruity summer thirst quencher.
Kaiaua Fisheries: East Coast Road, Kaiaua
A trip to the Coromandel wouldn’t be complete without fish and chips on the beach. If you’re driving back to Auckland, take the scenic route through Kaiaua and stop for fish and chips at the famous Kaiaua Fisheries, well known amongst Aucklanders as the best fish and chips in the land. Don’t forget a healthy dose of the homemade tartare sauce.
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