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Parua Bay Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
+64 9-436 5856
23:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 23:30 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we went last night and had a fantastic meal - weren't expecting it as on first appearances it seemed a bit like a typical kiwi pub (albeit in a stunning location on the waterfront!) but from the minute we walked in the place felt friendly, warm and casual - the staff were great and actually seemed to be enjoying working... More 

Thank Martine B
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beer and fish & chips on the wter at the Parua Bay Tavern can't be beat and this is one of the must do pubs on the Whangarei Heads and surrounding areas!

Thank Frank M
Whangarei, New Zealand
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Menu choices not as good as a couple of years ago. Too much fried stuff, especially in kids' meals. Fish still good though battered and deep fried, (would have chosen if crumbed), chips nice and meal did come with 2 sauces but mini salad a bit gluggy. Pizza average. Staff friendly, location great, even on a rainy day and will... More 

Thank rosiesview
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the location is great until recently the food was unexceptional but had a pizza 2 days ago that was very special and my group of 8 all had excellent food !

Thank Richard1901
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing Pizza busy buzzing traditional pub. Family friendly with good service. Nice menu with a good range of choices and well priced. Great out door area with stunning views.

Thank Dave Sharlane D
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This gorgeous little hotel served the best drinks and the nicest meals, with love on the side ! The staff were the friendliest, most genuine people and nothing was a bother. The views are breathtaking especially as the sunsets. This little gem should definitely be on your list to experience. It's a relaxing part of beautiful NZ where time seems... More 

Thank mich602016
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Doesn't look much from front but great traditional pub inside with lots of choice for beer. Pizza was amazing. Views were spectacular. Lovely beer garden for kids to run around.

Thank breeanna43
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had dinner at the Parua Bay Tavern tonight. What a beautiful dinner, couldnt fault a thing. 4 of us had the nicest meals, quick service , lovely staff and we even got a park right out the front, and it was raining so hard.

Thank SHERYL407
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend stopping for lunch at the tavern and would visit again. We shared salt & pepper squid with a serve of fresh fish & chips. There was a good menu selection. Both dishes came with a side of salad, and both dishes were mouth wateringly good. The outlook from the deck is across the bay to Mt Manaia. This... More 

Thank Brian B
Landsborough, Australia
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222 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Just lucky to get a park directly outside. Pub was bouncing with happy friendly locals and a great view across the river with boats bobbing in the tidal rush. Decided on a beer and pizza and we were not disappointed. highly recommend and have late lunch after the rush.

Thank Funfoodfavourites

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-436 5856
Parua Bay Tavern is nestled on the waterfront of the beautiful Whangarei Heads harbour under the majestic Mt. Aubrey and Whangarei Headland.With its own jetty and picturesque outlook the tavern is a favourite for lunch and dinners, groups and large functions whether downstairs on the covered dining deck, on the lovely lawn or upstairs in the function area.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?