Best New Zealand food near Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand

October 6, 2019 Mollie Coke

Reviews on New Zealand food in Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand. The French are known as the world’s most romantic people, so it makes sense that Akaroa—site of New Zealand’s first French settlement—is an ideal spot to set the scene for love. Hold hands with your paramour and stroll along the provincial harbor, where dolphins, penguins, and seals bob and chatter in the sparkling ice-blue water. First-class accommodations, quaint French bakeries and succulent restaurants are the perfect ingredients for a romantic getaway.
Things to do in Akaroa

10. Hilltop Tavern

5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road Little River, Akaroa 7591 New Zealand New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music [email protected] +64 3-325 1005 http://www.thehilltop.co.nz/
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4 based on 349 reviews

Hilltop Tavern

The Hilltop is perched on the pass overlooking the beautiful Akaroa Harbour. Its a classic 1930s pub building with a nice front lawn to enjoy the view. We serve freshly caught fish, wood-fired pizza, steaks, slow-cooked meats, soup and a range of tapas. W

Reviewed By KiwiD6

We phoned ahead and ordered pizza. Wasn’t too busy but was good to pre-order anyway. Friendly service and good tasting wood fired pizzas. Will return.

9. Rona's

42 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand International, European, Fusion, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Outdoor Seating [email protected] +64 3-304 8533 http://www.ronas.co.nz
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4 based on 121 reviews

Rona's

Laid-back dining, living room and garden serving simple but seasonal-with-attitude dishes, happily rooted in a style of cuisine seldomly experienced in New Zealand. Roasting, smoking, preserving & infusing are just typical ways you'll experience your food

Reviewed By Tom H

We had been recommended Rona’s restaurant by two different people before we arrived in Akaroa, but found it was closed due to lack of staff, however, a few days later it reopened with new staff and so we decided to see if it lived up to the reputation. While it was not as incredible as we had been led to believe, the food was plentiful and mostly very good, some of it even excellent. We were able to have Rioja wine, which made a change from the normal wines on offer and the only criticism is that the French waitress did not know what digestifs (liqueurs) were available, and we ended up drinking angostura bitters which were disgusting. Surely a French style restaurant should have a stock of Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Pastis or Cognac... otherwise, I would heartily recommend Rona’s with its new staff, who by now should have found their feet.

8. HarBar Beachfront Cafe

83 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand Bar, Cafe, Seafood, New Zealand, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +64 27 578 5627 http://www.harbarbeachbar.co.nz/
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4 based on 316 reviews

HarBar Beachfront Cafe

At Harbar Beachbar & Kitchen we provide friendly, casual service paired with a wonderfully approachable food & drinks menu with seasonal offerings and specials that change with the local and seasonal produce available. With the best view of Akaroa Harbour

Reviewed By M5573RMdarrenc

Stumbled across this gem of a spot while getting our bearings and ended up staying for dinner. Absolute waterfront location, great beers, wines, cocktails and dinner was divine. Once it started cooling down they lit the fire which was welcome. Wouldn’t hesitate to visit again Hey!Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at Harbar and we are all so happy you enjoyed yourselves so much. If you're ever in the area again we'd be more than happy to have you again.Thank you,Harbar Beachbar & Kitchen

7. Murphy's Seafood

On the main wharf, Akaroa New Zealand Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +64 274 694 943 http://www.matuagardens.co.nz/fresh-fish-akaroa/
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4 based on 125 reviews

Murphy's Seafood

Local, self caught, daily, fresh fish optional to buy fresh or have served up as a hot lunch! Our range of fish changes daily based on what is caught that morning, we then fillet it ourselves. Our lunch range consists of the classic fish and chips with a

Reviewed By 490peterj

Fish was fresh, not battered just cooked nice, chips were not greasy cooked real nice. This was a treat on the warf

6. Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

57 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, International, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront [email protected] +64 3-304 7533 http://www.bullyhayes.co.nz/
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4 based on 1128 reviews

Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

Akaroa’s Premium Dining Spot. Open 7 days year-round for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee or Tapas and a drink in the sun. Sensational panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour whilst you dine in any of our indoor and outdoor areas. We also offer a sheltered cour

Reviewed By ElliotC22

Food was gorgeous both mornings, there was something in the holindays sauce it was to die for!!! Next day I had the pancakes they were beautiful I would have preferred my blueberries fresh on top on or the side with the cream instead if cooked into the pancake they were very hot.

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5. The Trading Rooms Restaurant and Pantry

71 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand Seafood, New Zealand, European Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 3-304 7656 http://thetradingrooms.co.nz/
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4 based on 768 reviews

The Trading Rooms Restaurant and Pantry

Semi-fine dining dinner atmosphere and casual lunch experience, fine wine selection, beautiful sunset harbour views from the terrace. The Trading Rooms is a timeless historic venue, perfect for your special occasion. Peak Season Opening Hours: From 11:30-

Reviewed By cardnoa

My first visit was on a beautiful day so sat outside at table with my lab and had the tastiest burger ever with scrumptious french fries and a beer. Attended to by very friendly staff who were happy with my dog at my feet. I will be back!

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4. Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar

2 Rue Jolie Banks Peninsula, Akaroa 8161 New Zealand Seafood, New Zealand, International Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Waterfront [email protected] +64 3-304 7668 https://www.mamaison.co.nz/reservations/
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4 based on 284 reviews

Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar

Overlooking Dailey's wharf and the Akaroa Harbour, Ma maison is one of Akaroa's hidden gems. The view speaks for itself! Set away from the hustle and bustle, our Restaurant offers a very private dining experience, one to be enjoyed and savoured. Since 200

Reviewed By Diane R

Appears significantly understaffed. Cocktails sat on the bar for sometime before being delivered, entree arrived promptly but mains took over an hour. This is completely unacceptable. Food was just ok. One main was cold but diner did not say anything about it as we had waited so long. We were not offered dessert or coffee. The Maitre'd was sitting at another table talking and ignored us. Difficulties with the bill. We wished to split it which in itself was not a problem but they could not produce a complete account for us to check. After 20 minutes of trying to get a total bill printed we gave up, paid and left. Would never go back as they simply didn't seem to care.

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3. The Little Bistro

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand French, European, New Zealand, Contemporary Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 3-304 7314 http://www.thelittlebistro.co.nz
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4 based on 943 reviews

The Little Bistro

The Little Bistro focuses on providing sustainable, local and seasonal bistro cuisine, which highlights our connection to Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. Focusing on locally grown, organic produce.

Reviewed By SiberianSayan

This is a great little restaurant on Akaroa's main drag. The food was quite well done -- certainly high quality, but not top of class. They had a reasonable selection, and everything was tasty. The wine was incredibly overpriced -- 3x the price you would pay for a local bottle of wine (as in, we visited the winery earlier that day -- it's only an hour away -- a bottle was $20, and they were selling for $60). This kind of pricing might be expected for a fine dining experience or for an imported wine that took quite a lot of effort to acquire...and "fine dining" is what The Little Bistro is trying to sell, but falls short. The dining tables are quite close to one another and the chairs are hard, wooden, and uncomfortable. This would be understandable if we were on Manhattan where this is normal for a high-end restaurant, but doesn't make sense in a little seaside town on the Banks Peninsula. Service was quite good -- and along with presentation was the closest we came to "fine dining". Definitely recommended, but something like No. 31 in Hanmer Springs small town fine dining done right.

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2. La Rangis Pizzeria

62 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand Pizza, Fast Food, New Zealand Dinner, Late Night, Lunch Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating [email protected] +64 21 612 501 https://www.facebook.com/La-Rangis-Pizzeria-491957754333938/
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5 based on 87 reviews

La Rangis Pizzeria

Reviewed By 81nat2019

Quality Pizza, generous toppings with perfect thin crusts, we chose the chicken apricot and hickory bay meat lovers which was ample for 4 adults. We stopped here after a late arrival into Akaroa looking for an alternative to the traditional Akaroa Fish & Chips, what a sensational choice with La Rangis, this has to be up there in taste & value anywhere in the Canterbury region when your wanting pizzas. 5 Star service, we'll definitely be back. Hidden gem in a small but beautiful tourist town.

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1. The Wharf

75 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand French, Seafood, European, Asian, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Liv [email protected] +64 3-304 7842 http://thewharfakaroa.co.nz
The Wharf

The Wharf Akaroa, relaunched at the end of August 2019 as a premium seafood restaurant and bar after undergoing refurbishment. The restaurant seats 100 a la carte inside and flows onto the terrace that seats an additional 65 with a spectacular view of Aka

Reviewed By apriln510

Came here for dinner on a Sunday night, so not busy. Service was excellent and the food was very good. I personally did not like the dressing for the chips, an aoli or simply tomato sauce would have been better. My dessert was not overly sweet, but could have used either a large scoop of ice cream or and addition of cream as pudding very cakey. Still I enjoyed our evening. Thanks for your review apriln510were glad you enjoyed or evening with usaioli or ketchup, chocolate or vanilla ice cream, both personal preferences.regardsrichard

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