Local Opua and Russell cafés and restaurants
Marina Café, Opua
Great coffee and selection of counter food and menu items. Friendly staff and a great location looking over the Opua marina. Brunch, coffee and lunch open 8:00am-4:00pm. Open for dinner during Summer Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights.
Opua Cruising Club
Although a members’ club, visitors are most welcome. The club offers great value evening bistro meals Wednesday to Sunday and good priced drinks. Best fish and chips in Opua!
Opua General Store
Beautiful fresh sandwiches and bread for a picnic or casual takeaway lunch for the beach. Good coffee and a variety of hot and cold counter food, sweet items and ice-creams. The store also sells gourmet pizzas which you can order by phone in advance and collect when ready.
Opua Old Store Takeaways
Fresh fish and chips, burgers and a full menu of takeaway food. If you feel like a casual take-out meal, there is seating scattered around the wharf area to enjoy your meal – great spot for boat watching!
Phone ahead to order: 09 945 8398
Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Built in 1827, this hotel has some very interesting and colourful history. A visit to this establishment is worthwhile if only to view the beautiful, ornate interior. A must stop if in Russell even if just for a coffee. Fantastic menu, impeccable service and superb location for lunch or dinner. We recommend that you book in advance – very popular!
The Gables, Russell
The Gables is New Zealand’s oldest operating restaurant, built from pit-sawn Kauri in 1847 on whalebone foundations. Another excellent choice for lunch or dinner, serving fine food with a relaxed atmosphere is the order today for this landmark on the picturesque Russell waterfront. A menu which is focused on showcasing Northland’s best produce.
Markets and artisan food
Paihia Farmers Market
Every Thursday 1:00pm – 4:00pm. A small, artisan market and a nice community vibe.
The Old Packhouse Kerikeri Farmers Market
Saturday 8:00am – 1:30pm & Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Make sure you haven’t eaten too much before visiting this market! An array of delicious artisan foods, wine tasting, handicrafts and live music.
If you are visiting Kerikeri, a stop at Makana Chocolates (across the road from the Old Packhouse Markets) is essential. Don’t be surprised if you spend too much time and money here! They have a nice café next door too serving lunch, coffee and gelato ice-cream.
Parua Bay Winery
We highly recommend taking your car on the ferry specially to visit this boutique estate making traditional handmade wines and featuring a new Mediterranean influenced restaurant, Sage. Or if exploring Russell by car, Parua Bay is an easy divert just 6km off the main road. You will see the signage on the road to Russell. Bookings recommended.
This boutique winery is located on a sunny peninsular with outstanding ocean and vineyard views and just a short ferry journey from Opua. The Omata Kitchen is a relaxed style eatery serving gourmet platters and wood-fired pizzas. A great choice for a casual long lunch in Summer.
Marsden Estate Winery
For its two-year decade history, Marsden Estate has become known for the quality of its original cuisine. Fresh produce is continually sourced from around the region and the superb local food is served on the terrace, shaded by grapevines, overlooking the lake, gardens and vineyard. It’s the perfect place for a long lunch accompanied by fabulous wines.
Ake Ake Winery
The Vineyard Restaurant is renowned for serving fresh seasonal local produce to complement their wines. Set amongst the vines, the restaurant is an ideal place for lunch or a romantic dinner.
WINE TASTING TOUR
Interested in wine tasting? We highly recommend booking a leisurely small group guided tour with Bay of Islands Tours. Taste up to 22 different wines over 3 hours and no driving required!
Departs 12:30pm daily.