Staff picks: The best food in the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is known for its beautiful beaches and playful marine life - but where are the best places to eat and drink? Our staff clue you in...

From the country's oldest pub to fresh local produce, tantalising sweet treats and good honest Kiwi 'takeaways', there’s a huge range of dining options in the Bay of Islands.

Here are our staff picks for the best food experiences in Paihia, Russell, Kerikeri and elsewhere in the Bay of Islands. Whether you're looking for fine dining, relaxed family fare or gourmet treats, read on!

"There are some great vineyards in the Bay of Islands: I like Ake Ake vineyard, Marsden Estate and Omata Estate on the Russell side. They do a really nice platter lunch there and have great views of the water, it's really pleasant."
- Charles, General Manager

"For fine dining I recommend the Duke of Marlborough in Russell, and Wharepuke and the Pear Tree in Kerikeri. They all have beautiful views and good food."
- Jo, Sales Executive

"You can't beat going to Russell for fish and chips on the beach of an evening. Take a ferry over, and sit on the beach with your meal - perfect."
Ryan, Operations Manager

"My favourite places to eat in Paihia are Alfresco's and Cafe over the Bay, which has a beautiful view and good cabinet food. Opua Marina is a good place to take kids – you can eat at the cafe then walk along and look at the boats."
- Rachel, Retail Manager

"The farmer's markets are worth a visit. Kerikeri has them every weekend, and we have them on Thursday afternoons over summer in Paihia on the village green."
- Tammy, skipper

"Make sure you try the caramel macadamia popcorn at Makana chocolate factory in Kerikeri!"
- Tara, admin

"If you're travelling further north, Cable Bay has the biggest icecreams! And Totara North has a nice pub."
- Noeleen, cashier

Whether you're interested in seeing the Bay of Islands on a tour or cruise, or need local suggestions for things to see and do, come and talk to the friendly staff at Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands. You'll find us in the Maritime Building right by the wharf on Paihia's waterfront.

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