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The Cafe Helena Bay Hill

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1392 Old Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely stunning views from your table. Food is great, friendly staff. Defiantly worth a detour. Great gift shoo too

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here spontaneously on our journey. Enjoyed looking at all the interesting art in the little garden and in the gallery. Spotted the deck at the back of the cafe, looking across to the bay over thick forest, and decided to stay for lunch. Butterflies and dragonflies danced around us. A super little oasis. Had the chowder, which I... More 

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Thank HSc0tt
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were passing through and were recommended to stop here for lunch. Perfect place for lunch with a view all the way out to the sea. The food was great as well as the service!

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Thank F S
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we have been to this cafe several times we enjoy it more and more. The food is consistently good and staff attentive. It is a beautiful place just to sit and enjoy a meal

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Ruakaka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in for a coffee and bite to eat on the way to Bland Bay. The place was extremely busy with a number of tables reserved so we considered ourselves lucky to find a table. We ordered 2 coffees, a hot chocolate, a toasted chicken roll and slice of Danish apple cake. The roll arrived quite quickly so we... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for a Friday lunch. A superb setting with views over native bush down to the sea, The food was excellent, and the service friendly and efficient. We were surprised at the value for money here as well. After lunch we had a walk through the gardens amongst the amazing sculptures and gardens. I recommend this place to all.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

So nice to be able to sit outside in the best seat in the house and enjoy the gorgeous view, in a great setting as well as great coffee and nice food without a side of someone else's smoke.

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Thank Rodget15
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

On a recent trip we drove from Whangarei up to Russell and took the long way home along the Northern Bays (Whangaruru / Helena Bay etc. But that's another story. The Cafe on top of the hill crossing back to Hikurangi is well worth a visit. Lovely European and NZ food, great coffee and cider and wine and excellent service.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Definitely stop here. Great ambience, food, coffee, and rainforest setting. Lovely peaceful spot for a reflective moment on the winding drive through Helens Bay to Oakura Bay. There's a lovely art gallery too that's absolutely worth a wander.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We set off for a drive to the beach and stumbled across this!! What a freakn find. . Have been meaning to get back. . If you want a change from the ho - hum this place is for you!! Go on treat yourself, take a drive and escape the grind!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1392 Old Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-433 9934
Description
The Cafe specializes in European style food with amazing homemade delicacies & and coffee in an outstanding location. Enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the stunning sea views or relax in our conservatory-style indoor area. We are fully licensed and can cater for small groups and functions. Evening meals by arrangement. Group Bookings & Functions are well come at any time, Dinner by arrangement

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