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Whare Waka Cafe

1 | Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 21 109 4339
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  • Very good37%
  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 | Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the big breakfast and the smoked salmon. The portions were big enough and everything was well cooked. Very tasty. Nice coffee, too! The prices are absolutely okay. Large cappuccino 4,50. Big breakfast about 16$. But there are cheaper meals on the list! Perfect...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit this cafe as we had not been for a number of years so thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. Our breakfast was delicious salmon egg bene & bacon & eggs. The setting is lovely, the service...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Visited at the end of our tour around the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for lunch, good toasted sandwich and savoury scone. I would recommend.

Thank j w
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Went here for breakfast pre going into the Treaty Grounds. Really nice food my partner had Salmon eggs Benny and it was a piece of fresh cook salmon. !!!! Never before. Also the chef was not happy with his poached eggs and brought us some...More

Thank SuenAndy1983
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Great cafe, but the prices are way too high.... Pies $7.50....Kummon~ We were looking forward to a meal, but we just stuck to a coffee and and muffin, I couldn't justify the price. Even in Auckland, you dont pay that high for a pie.

Thank Mayana D
Reviewed 12 February 2018

We ate breakfast here before going into the Treaty Grounds. Service was excellent, the coffee freshly brewed, and our poached eggs and bacon, one on gluten free bread, excellent. Views from the restaurant are lovely.

Thank chrysalis77
Reviewed 22 January 2018

right beside Waitangi. We stayed at the Waitangi heritage hotel and discovered the Whare Waka cafe. If you want something cooked for you rather than a buffet at the hotel then this is perfect. We stayed at the hotel three days and had breakfast at...More

Thank Lynette T
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Kids were hungry so we stopped in at the cafe while exploring the Treaty Grounds. There was a long wait on food >30 min, so we opted for cabinet food. That also took a long time to arrive. It might help if they had a...More

1  Thank MeganSmith2016
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Excellent food for reasonable prices. In most cases museum cafes are not the best choice, but the Whare Waka is really a visit worth during or after a Waitangi grounds tour. The organic juices are excellent complements to the real good food

Thank ottogoernemann
Reviewed 5 December 2017

A very pleasant spot to sit – inside or out- and enjoy some good food before or after a tour of the Treaty grounds. The menu is not elaborate or flash, so don’t expect too much beyond the café style standard. However our group enjoyed...More

1  Thank JohnSB3
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 | Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Paihia
  • Phone Number: +64 21 109 4339
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Whare Waka Café is fully licenced and offers a wide selection of cabinet and a la carte food. Choose from the cosy ambience indoors or the outdoor area surrounded by ferns and native trees and overlooking the waka taua (ceremonial war canoe) and the Pacific Ocean. Whare Waka Café is available to hire for wedding receptions and events throughout the year. With a range of catering options to suit all occasions. In summer (December–April) the café also offers a hāngi dinner on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings.
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