Northland Destinations

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 /

Cuisine Hotel Destination

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 / 

Cuisine Favourite Destination

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 / 

Cuisine Global Destination


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 /

Cuisine Global Destination

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 / 

Cuisine Winery Destination


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 /

Cuisine Winery Destination

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