Start planning your best-ever New Zealand culinary adventures and visit any one of our Cuisine Destinations for a deliciously good time. Our Cuisine Good Food Guide assessors have done the work for you so that you can explore and understand the unique flavours of Aotearoa. 

Look for our Cuisine Destination category icons for a taste of what to expect.

A Cuisine Special Destination
The Cuisine Special Destination recognises terrific establishments, with friendly teams and talented chefs that are serving high-quality food.

A Cuisine Cool Destination
Interesting sips and luscious bites served within a casual, cool vibe

A Cuisine Hotel Destination
Restaurants situated within hotels that are well worth your visit.

A Cuisine Global Destination
Global tastes from casual to high-end, at the top of their game

A Cuisine Favourite Destination
Favourites that we return to again and again, friendly, comfortable and delicious

A Cuisine Winery Destination
Winery restaurants that pay special attention to delivering a great menu alongside their unique wine selections.

Duke of Marlborough Hotel

You cannot stop at Russell without visiting the Duke. Catch the ferry from Paihia and make straight for a table at this historical waterfront spot. In keeping with its surrounds, it’s big on locally-sourced seasonal produce. Plus, gladly, a lot of seafood. 

35 The Strand, Russell, Northland /
09 403 7829 /
theduke.co.nz

Hōne’s Garden

This eponymous spot serves nearly every pizza permutation you could possibly think of (there are even two sweet ones). And it has a lush garden setting. Sides, salads and meat or fish mains round it out nicely. Go from noon until nighttime, seven days a week. 

10 York St, Russell, Northland /
022 466 3710 /
hones.co.nz 

Local Talent Taverna

Greek is the word here in Cameron St.
Be it for lunch, snacks or dinner, there’s a touch of the Med to most menu mentions. Forget paying for extras: all mains come with Greek fries, organic green salad, seasoned yoghurt and grilled pita. 

99 Cameron St, Whangārei, Northland /
localtalenttav.com 

Māha

Earthy and esoteric elements meld in a pan-Asian menu. Māha prides itself on using fresh, local and seasonal products in their delivery of unpretentious, clean and honest food. A menu made with love and calm consideration – by grown-ups for grown-ups. 

190 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri, Northland /
09 945 6551 /
maharestaurant.co.nz

Omata Estate Vineyard & Kitchen

Winner of the Outstanding Regional Establishment gong in the 2023 Northland Hospitality Awards, Omata maintains its reign as a boutique vineyard and kitchen with sunny views, happy diners and the best in on-site wines. Woodfired pizzas, gourmet platters: far out in the Far North. 

212 Aucks Rd, Russell, Northland /
09 403 8007 /
omata.co.nz 

Plume

Bring your grape expectations to dine overlooking the vines in this rustic restaurant, a local favourite with a ‘nature-to-plate’ focus that serves up nibbles, small plates and hearty meals.

And if you overindulge at the cellar door, you can always book in for a night at the adjacent villas. 

49A Sharp Rd, Matakana, Northland /
09 422 7915 /
plumerestaurant.co.nz

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