Whakatane Cafes, Restaurants and Dining Guide

Best Places to Eat in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Whakatane Town
Whakatane Town. Image Courtesy of Malene Holm

Although a small town, Whakatane in the eastern Bay of Plenty offers some good options for cafe and restaurant dining. Here are some of the highlights I have discovered. However for the best of Whakatane cafe dining, check out my Best Whakatane Cafes

Craic Bar

On the corner of the Strand and right in the center of Whakatane, this is a cute Irish pub with a bit of atmosphere. There is a family restaurant, Cobb and Co, next door with a shared entrance. The bar itself has a cosy feel and offers some good pub food, including pizzas and main dishes.

Contact Info:

  • 79 The Strand, Whakatane
  • Open: 7 days, 12 noon until 9pm

Global Thai Restaurant

The only Thai restaurant in Whakatane, Global Thai offers a wide range of Thai dishes. There is also a smaller European menu with pastas, salads and mains. An added bonus is free pick up for diners by tuk tuk, a small motorised vehicle that holds a maximum of four passengers. BYO and licensed.

Contact Info:

  • Corner of the Strand and Commerce Streets, Whakatane
  • website: www.globalthai.co.nz
  • Open: Dinner Tuesday - Saturday; lunch Tuesday - Friday
  • Licensed and BYO

Indian Aroma

This Indian restaurant must have one of the best settings of any dining establishment in Whakatane. Situated out by the Whakatane harbor heads, there are unobstructed views of the harbor and sea beyond. The fully opening windows make the most of the view on a summer's evening.

The food is good too, reasonably priced and with a wide selection of Indian vegetarian food.

Contact Info:

  • 1B Muriwai Drive, Whakatane
  • website: www.indianaroma.co.nz
  • Open: Dinner 7 days from 5pm; lunch Wednesday to Sunday
  • Licensed and BYO

Kopeo Indian Restaurant

For visitors to Whakatane this may be a bit difficult to find; it is not in the main town, but in a shopping suburb called Kopeopeo. Nevertheless it is well worth seeking out as it has some of the best Indian food around.

The décor is very unassuming, and it divides itself between a restaurant and a busy takeaway. However, when it comes to the food this is an excellent place. Very friendly service and reasonable prices too.

Contact Info:

  • 32 King Street, Whakatane
  • Open: 7 Days from 10.30am until late
  • Licensed and BYO

Niko Niko Sushi

This is quite a decent sushi place. The selection is wide and the quality good. You can eat in or takeaway and it is conveniently located a few meters from the entrance to the New World supermarket.

Contact Info:

  • 43 Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatane
  • Open: 7 Days from 9.00am until 7.00pm

Peejays Coffee House

This place is also a little hard to find but well worth the effort. It serves excellent food with some of the friendliest service in town. Housed in a building which also contains a check-in center for White Island Tours, you can catch an early breakfast or coffee before boarding the boat for your tour to White Island, New Zealand's largest marine volcano. Open for breakfast, lunches and snacks.

Contact Info:

The Quay Cafe, Ohope Beach

The beachside town of Ohope is one of the most popular holiday spots along this part of the coast. There aren't many shops or cafes in the town, but The Quay rates as one of the best cafes in the whole Whakatane district. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, it's right on the main road across from the beach but the traffic won't bother you. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas giving a casual atmosphere. The breakfast and lunch menus are good, but it's the coffee and cakes that are the standout; try the gluten-free honey cake!

Contact Info:

  • 22 Pohutukawa Ave, Ohope Beach
  • Open: Breakfast and lunches 7 days; dinner during summer

Spice Guru Indian Restaurant and Bar

Opposite the Craic Bar at the waterfront end of the main street (and next door to one of Whakatane's best cafe'sL'Epicerie

, this is a very good Indian restaurant. In fact, it's probably the pick of the Indian places in town. Although not BYO, the wines are very reasonably priced. A nice atmosphere, very friendly staff and excellent food make this well worth visiting.

Contact Info:

  • Corner George Street and The Strand, Whakatane
  • Open: Monday to Saturday 10am - 2.30pm; 7 days 5pm to late
  • Fully licensed

Turkish Kebab House

This is really a takeaway place, but there are five tables if you wish to dine in. It's very casual and the food is tasty and well priced. There is the usual Turkish fare of kebabs and wraps, although the breakfast menu has more regular choices.

Contact Info:

  • 113 The Strand, Whakatane
  • Open: 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Wally's On the Wharf

No New Zealand town would be complete without a decent fish and chip shop and for the Whakatane it's Wally's that fits the bill. In a great location (just along from the Wharf Shed) it has tables for dining in or you can takeaway. Best of all, sit outdoors on the wharf side overlooking the water and enjoy the sunset!

Contact Info:

  • The Wharf, Whakatane
  • Open: 7 days from 11am to 7pm (until 8 in the summer)