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Helena Bay Cafe

1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
“quinoa salad” (2 reviews)
“cake” (6 reviews)
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New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped by en route to Orewa. With stunning views, great food, wine and helpful staff we had a thoroughly lovely lunch. This was followed by a look round their amazing arts and craft shop and gardens. We returned there on our way back and had...More

Thank Alex S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always stop here on our way up North and never disappointed. The food is casual fare, delicious and reasonably priced. There is a good selection for everyone. Nice views and friendly staff.

Thank TrishyAuckland
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Look over some amazing art works from around the north, some great pieces to view or buy! There is something for everyone, then have a great coffee and a meal. Visit with friends or family, a great place!

Thank John H
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for visiting us John.

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

After checking opening times on the website I drove the family all the way to this cafe to find doors shutting. Website said shut at five. However they turned us away at four. They seemed to be amused at our disappointment. But it is a...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 5 July 2017

If you are driving the area for beach and forest walks, this place is a very nice place to stop for a while, have a bite to eat, and/or a drink, enjoy the view, and take a look at some top-notch art for sale. We...More

Thank ostranenie
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Glad you enjoyed your break. Hope we do see you again one day.

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

This cafe is the only place for miles for a decent sit down meal. There is an amazing view from the outside seating area. Our meals were very tasty. I had the pulled pork in a puff pastry basket with a nice little side of...More

Thank Tina R
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The view was mind blowing and the food was even more. Our local wine was beautiful and our meals left us eating of each others plates to try as much of the cuisine as we could. It was an easy transition to meander through the...More

Thank KerryHannam
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

So went went there for brunch To be completely honest I was not overly impressed. I ordered the lasagna as did another in my group.... there's was larger and more eye appealing. It was very underseasoned. This is my taste though so I'm not saying...More

Thank michellesW2683SO
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

The setting is stunning - great gardens and an incredible view from the deck. Coffee was pretty good too. Unfortunately the food didn't quite live up to the same standard - overpriced and pretty average. Service was also a little inattentive and slow. Would definitely...More

Thank mwolf155
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Hi Mwolf155 Thank you for your review. As of the beginning of June the cafe is under new ownership and management. If you happen to be in the area please call in and try us again. You may be surprised and if not let me...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

The Cafe Helena Bay Hill Location: Whangarei, Northland Region, North Island, New Zealand, South Pacific Title: worst fritters i have ever eaten ID#: 476997507 I find it hard to understand how people can serve inferior muck to there target cliental of tourists . I am...More

1  Thank Davegreenstone
Julia N, General Manager at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Dear customer, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your experience and giving us the opportunity to respond. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy the breakfast fritters which are a very popular item on our breakfast menu. We do...More

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Beth P
9 July 2017|
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Response from Helenabaycafe | Property representative |
Hi Beth, My apologies your afternoon was spoilt. I have changed Trip Advisor. Warm regards Janet Pope
30 July 2016|
Response from Helenabaycafe | Property representative |
Hello, thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately it only reached us today / Monday. Yes we are currently open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Looking forward to welcoming you in the cafe, Kind regards Julia... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$17
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-433 9934
  • E-mail
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while taking in the stunning sea views or relax in our conservatory-style indoor area. Try our homemade slices and cakes. Reservations welcome.
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