The Coromandel's Key Facts


The several small towns of the Coromandel all offer good options for cafe style dining and evening meals, and if you are a keen foodie then you may like to pick up the 'Homegrown Food Trail' leaflet from one of the local I-Site offices. This leads you to some of the finest boutique wineries, smokehouses, cheese factories and more on offer. Seafood is a speciality of the region, so be sure to try some while you are in the area.

Restaurants in Coromandel

Miha Restaurant

Mihas menu reflects a Pacific Rim flavour with a modern European twist, with menus changing seasonally. Executive Chef Rhys Thornton brings a wealth of international culinary experience, innovation and flair and uses the freshest and highest quality produce. Miha also boasts a comprehensive wine list and friendly, experienced wait staff. You can be sure of a sumptuous dining experience in elegant surrounds, or dine al fresco on the large outdoor deck, with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop.

45 Mount Ave, Pauanui, Hukaui, Ph 07 864 8088


Bistro at The Falls Retreat

Located in the North Island's Karangahake Gorge, The Falls Retreat offers award winning dining. Charming "Bistro" restaurant serving wood fired food for lunch and dinner in a beautiful country setting. Eat, drink and stay - the perfect escape from your busy city life and an ideal stop while cycling the Hauraki Rail Trail.

25 Waitawheta Road, Waikino, Ph 07 863 8770


Waitete Restaurant And Cafe

Experience friendly service with a great ambience and enjoy our cuisine made with fresh produce (locally sourced where possible). The menu is designed to satisfy all tastes, This is a family friendly restaurant while being fully licensed and providing a number of fine wines and beers.

31 Orchard Road, Waihi, Ph 07 863 8980


Luke's Kitchen 

Luke's Kitchen is located at Kuaotunu Beach, ten minutes over the hill from Whitianga. This is a rustic Pizza joint Luke has established behind the dairy with a million dollar view over the bay. The live music, the friendly staff, the view and the food make this another reason to visit Kuaotunu. Kuaotunu has long been famous for the enormous ice creams sold at the local store, the coffee at the Art Gallery cafe, and of course the seafood that jumps onto fishing lines out in the Bay. Surrounded by a range of great accommodation options and even a star gazing tour for those dark and starry nights.

13 Black Jack Road, Kuaotunu, Ph 07 866 4480



Manaia Kitchen and Bar in Tairua is a key stopping point for people traveling to destinations around The Coromandel. Equally, it is a much-loved local hotspot, favoured for its fresh andinnovative cuisine, friendly service and spacious sun-drenched courtyard. Established over 10 years ago, Manaia Kitchen and Bar has kept pace with culinary trends while retaining its relaxed Coromandel vibe. From a morning coffee spot in the sun to a late night live music party, Manaia is constantly filled with people gathering in groups and having a good time.

228 Main Road, Tairua, Ph 07 864 9050


Grahamstown Bar and Diner 

Grahamstown Bar & Diner, or “The GBD” as locals affectionately call us, is one of the most popular restaurants in Thames and a favourite night-life venue with a friendly, relaxed, atmosphere where locals and visitors alike get together to socialise over a few drinks and enjoy their delicious cuisine, prepared by skilled chefs using the best New Zealand produce and seafood harvested straight from the waters of the adjacent Hauraki Gulf. It doesn’t come much fresher than that.

700 Pollen Street, Thames, Ph 07 868 6008

Bars and Pubs around Coromandel

Star and Garter Hotel

Centrally located amongst the finest restaurants and top local artist craft shops.  They offer the full range of Monteith's premium beers on tap, fine wines and spirits and menus of fresh Coromandel foods produced from an award winning restaurant. There is an indoor dining and a large outdoor clear-air smoking area, various live entertainers, broadband internet, pool table, gaming machines and free continuous music sounds ranging from jazz to RnB. This historic building with walls of history will keep you fascinated and intrigued with a warm glowing fire in the winter and a refreshing cool breeze in the summer. This place got all your comforts covered. 

5 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town, Ph 07 866 8160


The Pour House

The Pour House is a small brewery bar and casual eatery with a lovely garden to enjoy a casual evening or afternoon. Suitable for all including children situated at the start of the walk to the world renowned Cathedral Cove secluded beach. They make their own local beers which they will match with local cheeses and seafood where possible. New Zealand wines and ciders are also available.

7 Grane Road, Hahei, Ph 07 866 3354

Cafes in Coromandel

Waitete Restaurant And Cafe

Experience friendly service with a great ambience and enjoy our cuisine made with fresh produce (locally sourced where possible). The menu is designed to satisfy all tastes, This is a family friendly restaurant while being fully licensed and providing a number of fine wines and beers.

31 Orchard Road, Waihi, Ph 07 863 8980



SixfortySix is positioned in the heart of Whangamata’s main street. Their commitment is to; create an atmosphere of splendor to be enjoyed by all. Gravity espresso coffee, freshly baked pastries & homemade artisan delights. Dine in or take away, it’s your choice! Seasonal readiness of produce necessitates regular revision of the menu, however familiarity is usually only a mouthful away.

646 Port Road, Whangamata, Ph 07 865 6117


The Lost Spring Restaurant & Licenced Cafe

TLS Café & Restaurant offers you a unique dining experience within a gorgeous setting. Open everyday from 10.30am we deliver delicious cuisine delivered by welcoming staff. Dine within a stunning setting and enjoy beautiful lagoon views like none other! Enjoy breakfast or brunch with the Lost Spring, it offers a delicious All Day Brunch Menu, yummy Coffee, freshly baked muffins & scones, tasty smoothies and fresh juices. Or you can experience a delicious Lunch Menu! TLS Cafe offers delicious meals incorporating fresh & healthy, free range & organic produce.

121A Cook Drive, Whitianga, Ph 07 866 0456 


The Cheese Barn at Matatoki Ltd

Come and relax in tranquil country surroundings and enjoy an organic coffee or wine with your cheese board. Watch the cheesemakers through the viewing window or feed the animals. They make a wide range of organic cheese and yoghurt which they sell in the shop along with lots of lovely chutneys, relishes, olives, jams, fudge and salami to name a few of the things we stock. Locally made Ice-cream is also a hit with kids and adults alike. Our gift area has lots of Kiwi and Country style gifts with gift baskets a speciality.

4 Wainui Road, Matatoki, Thames, Ph 04 7868 1284


The Old Mill Cafe, 

The Old Mill's quirky charm, combined with a modern decor, creates a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. From breakfast through until the late afternoon. This Cafe resides on the edge of the picturesque Tairua Harbour. Nestled quietly at the base of Paku Hill The Old Mill Cafe is the perfect place for a delicious brunch or lunch or that relaxing afternoon wine with friends. Dining in the cafe, relaxing on the veranda, browsing in the gift shop or selecting some take home treats from the Deli, you'll feel comfortable and welcome in the beautiful surrounds.

1 The Esplanade, Tairua, Ph 07 864 9390


Chai Tea house 

Welcoming cafe with a bohemian New Age bent serving up lots of organic, vegan and vegetarian goodies. The outdoor garden is a very relaxing space and is occasionally used for live-music gigs. Shorter hours outside of summer.

24 Wharf Road, Ph, 021 893 055

Hidden Beaches

Orokawa Bay

Despite visiting Waihi beach hundreds of times over the years, not many people have realised that there was a trail taking you over to this secret bay. Water views abounded as you are walking along the cliffside path and through patches of native bush before the sparkling waters of Orokawa Bay came into sight. With forty five minutes of mildly strenuous hiking each way, Orokawa Bay was not the easiest beach to reach, but once you arrived at the brilliant stretch of white sand amongst the rugged New Zealand bush, we knew it was worth every step.


New Chums Beach

Set in 145 hectares of native forest, New Chums beach has been rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by the British Observer, Lonely Planet and National Geographic. Getting there involves wading through the knee deep and fast flowing waters of an estuary at the end of Whangapoua beach, followed by a thirty minute scramble along a muddy and only partially formed trail. A bit precarious but as soon as you see this crescent of pale sand and emerald water, you will understand why it has received such high acclaim. It reminded me so much of the wild coastline of Tayrona National park in Colombia due to the dense bush that grows right up to the beach. Strolling these wild sands makes you feel far away from the rest of the world, in a good way.



A stunning 5km stretch of beach, fringed by a coastal pine forest, Opoutere beach is only accessed by walking along a basic trail for 15-20 minutes, through the pine scented trees. Shallow sand dunes covered in pale beach grass slope down from the encroaching trees to the rolling surf. With no development in sight, the beach is a breeding ground for several species of endangered bird as well as an epic spot to watch the sunset. Just remember to bring a torch as trying to find your way back through the forest in the dark is rather difficult. Trust me on this one, I speak from experience.


Lonely Bay

Located in the Shakespeare Cliff Scenic Reserve between Cooks Beach and Flaxmill Bay. It is nestled between two steep cliffs jutting out to sea, Lonely Bay is accessed by hiking through the lush green of the scenic reserve, passing a trickling stream, tree ferns and small waterfalls along the way. Serene and quiet, this is the beach for you if you want to get away from it all. You are almost guaranteed to find solitude here. 



The only beach on the list that doesn’t involve a hike to reach it, Whiritoa is in fact a small holiday settlement and beach between the larger towns of Waihi and Whangamata. Whiritoa has the powdery white sand, small conical islands jutting out of the clear teal water and the brilliant red blooms of native Pohutakawa trees make Whiritoa the ideal beach. There is even a little fish and chip shop with tables overlooking the coast and a meandering lagoon framed by gnarled, old growth trees. With little development and a lazy summer feel, Whiritoa conjures up images of an idyllic 1950’s summer holiday spot. The beauty is in its simplicity.

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