Our Top Northland Café Picks

Top 5 cafes in Northland

As well as stunning coastlines and gorgeous vistas, Northland has a vibrant café culture, so we’ve put together a list of top cafés in Northland. If you’re thinking of having a weekend away, or are travelling through Northland, these cafés are well worth a visit.

The Café & Gallery Helena Bay Hill

Perched up high looking over Helena Bay and nestled in lush tropical gardens is The Café & Gallery Helena Bay Hill. Tucked away out of sight on the Old Russell Road, this café offers more than great food and service – it’s an experience. Sit out on the terrace and soak in one of the most stunning views you will see while sipping a coffee. Once you’ve finished your meal, take a stroll round the gardens or browse through the gallery. Absolutely a must-visit café!

The Rusty Tractor and Trading Store, Kerikeri

Quirky, family-friendly and serving some of the best food and coffee in Northland, The Rusty Tractor is a must when visiting Kerikeri.  Easy to get to on the main Kerikeri road, it’s a wonderful place for weary travellers to stop on their way to or from the Far North. With a laid-back atmosphere, great outdoor seating area and playground, The Rusty Tractor is perfect for the whole family. When it comes to food, you’re spoilt for choice – there’s a great range of cabinet and menu meals and the staff are efficient and friendly.

Little Kitchen on the Bay, Mangonui

Enjoy fabulous food in a great atmosphere while gazing across the bay at Mangonui in this delightful café. You have everything at Little Kitchen on the Bay – location, excellent coffee and a wonderful array of food to choose from. It’s the perfect place to stop, relax and refuel.

Gecko Café Restaurant, Kaitaia

People often say, if you want the best food, eat where the locals eat, well, the Gecko Café Restaurant is the place to go for great food and atmosphere in Kaitaia. It’s always packed with locals and small wonder – with lots of delicious homemade food to choose from, excellent coffee and friendly staff, you’ll be glad you stopped in here.

The Cove – café, restaurant and bar, Waipu

With stunning beaches and friendly locals, Waipu Cove has become a popular holiday destination. If you’re in the area and you have a hankering for great coffee, food and atmosphere – check out The Cove. Set right across from the beach reserve, this café has a big outdoor eating area where you can enjoy the chilled out, beach vibe. There’s an excellent range of food which will appeal to all family members and the staff are friendly and helpful. This is one of the top cafés in Northland to have dinner while watching the surf roll in.

It was tough for the team at NZ Coffee Pods to choose just five top cafés in Northland, as there are so many great cafés in our stunning region. If you’re on holiday up here, check out one or all of our top 5. If you’re a local and stuck in a rut when it comes to eating spots, step out of your comfort zone – visit one of these quirky country cafés next time you feel the need to soak up some of Northland’s café culture.

As always, the team at NZ Coffee Pods are here to help you with your coffee needs. Contact to us today to ask any questions or check out our page.