Bay of Plenty Destinations

Alma Eatery

A beachfront setting and an award-winning menu presented by long-time hospo pros. Co-owner and head chef Marco Velickovic, with life and business partner, Ewelina Large, have generations of food cred behind them. Marco’s dedication extends to catching the fish for you.

4 The Esplanade, Ōmokoroa /
07 548 0279 /

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The much-loved sibling of its Cambridge namesake, this BOP top spot brings the terrific Italian traditions of its big Waikato sis to the Mount. “Pizza, pasta, people” is their motto – and they certainly deliver on that promise with seasoned panache.

16 Pacific Ave, Mt Maunganui /
07 925 9769 /

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Deckchair Café and Sundowner Beach Bar

From daylight to dusk, these two adjacent addresses cover all your bases. Chef/co-owner Perrin Yates stamps his admirable pedigree: first at the café (premium ingredients, maximum flavour), then the bar (beers, wines, cocktails and Perrin’s ultimate bar snacks). Sea views, too.

2 Marine Parade, Mt Maunganui /
07 572 0942 /

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Fife Lane Kitchen & Bar

This is a contemporary, high-end dining experience where you can sit back and drink in the ambience, or an aperitif, as the chefs transform grass-fed meats with the power of fire, or fish that is wharf-side fresh. A meticulously curated wine list includes some vintage gems.

512 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui /
07 574 5519 /

Izakai Bar & Eatery

A marriage of great minds where the culture, traditions and flavours of Māori and Japanese origins create a local twist on the ‘izakaya’ (stay-drink-place) style of food. Hence, honey pork and watercress ramen; creamed pāua and prawn gyoza.

19 Girven Rd, Mt Maunganui /
07 572 0484 /



If the occasion calls for Asian, this is your number. Colourful plates made with care and the freshest ingredients all served on the covered terrace or delightful tropical garden. A culinary tour of the Orient with all the favourites (from green papaya salad to massaman curry) and some surprises.

20 Domain Rd, Papamoa  /
07 262 3113 /

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Picnicka Bar & Grill

Slick, uncomplicated food served in cosy, sophisticated and cool spaces that add sizzle to the CBD. A wood-fired Argentinian-style barbecue in the hands of accomplished head chef Ryan Allen provides the smoke and fire that gives the menu pickings plenty of kick.

Level 1, 38 Elizabeth St, Tauranga /
07 571 0351 /


Bring your friends and your appetite to this contemporary tapas bar whose name means ‘a little’ but which offers a lot. Mediterranean-inspired mini and mighty bites will get the conversation flowing. Hand-picked wines and craft beers are the perfect accompaniment to a great night out.

1183 Arawa St, Rotorua /
07 262 6119 /

Saltwater Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar

At last: a loud, proud contemporary playground for seafood lovers in this coastal sunshine paradise. Chef Neil Sapitula showcases some tremendous kaimoana options, letting the flavours sing with their own simplicity. Non-seafood options, cocktails and bites provide an added bonus.

203 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui /
07 466 1073 /

Somerset Cottage

There’s satisfaction in the tried and true at this restaurant where decades-old faves feature on the ‘classic’ menu and contemporary touches are provided with an alternative modern option. Founding owners Anne Butcher and Rick Lowe continue to keep this bright Bethlehem star alight. There’s a cooking school, too.

30 Bethlehem Rd, Bethlehem /
07 576 6889 /


In the capable care of British chef Ian Harrison (ex-Alpino, Clarence), Sugo is a sure bet. Billed as a place for food and family, good friends and good times, it encapsulates the generous Italian ethos on which the menu is based.

19 Wharf St, Tauranga /
07 571 4138 /

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