Whangamata Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Whangamata

March 22, 2018 Marissa Gamble

The town of Whangamata (Maori: "Whangamatā") is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located 30 kilometres north of Waihi, to the north of the western extremity of the Bay of Plenty.
Things to do in Whangamata

1. SixFortySix

646 Port Road, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand (Formerly Cafe Rossini) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$133 +64 7-865 6117
Excellent
34%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

SixFortySix

SixfortySix is positioned in the heart of Whangamata’s main street. Our commitment is to; create an atmosphere of splendor to be enjoyed by all. Gravity espresso coffee, freshly baked pastries & homemade artisan delights. Dine in or take away, it’s your choice! Seasonal readiness of produce necessitates regular revision of the menu, however familiarity is usually only a mouthful away. SixfortySix offers alfresco dining amongst the action of the main street an ideal place to meet during the balmy summer. We take great satisfaction in delighting our costumers with something new and exciting; Life's troubles melt away when shrouded in the atmosphere of unadulterated desire & relaxation. Private functions welcomed!

Reviewed By JohnSB3 - Wellington, New Zealand

This used to be the go to place for a good coffee and decent food in Whangamata particularly for those used to the higher standards of coffee, food and service routinely found in the bigger cities. It still is, although it has more competition now, and this is reflected by a smaller crowd in the place. We returned after a couple of indifferent (and once positively awful experience a year or so back). However, the cabinet food is still plentiful; the scones and muffins are massive (too large really, but that’s not a fault they have on their own). The sausage roll is a whopper, virtually a meal in itself and there’s a good range of coffees, teas, smoothies and shakes. Tapas in the late afternoon, but no dinners any more, which is regrettable for visitors. Staff work hard and overall the place has lifted its game, which is welcome.

2. Soul Burger

441 Port Road, Whangamata, New Zealand Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Television American, Fast Food, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$63 - HK$94 +64 7-865 8194
Excellent
48%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Soul Burger

Soulburger is a casual and relaxing gourmet burger bar with tons of different burger options for you to choose from. We cater for gluten free needs, lil people burgers and vegan eaters too. We hand make all our patties including our vegan patties and create most of our sauces from scratch, in-house. Even our super yummy chippies are seasoned with our secret spices. We're a small restaurant and work hard to maintain an extra high level of quality, high standard of service and work fast to get you your burgers as quick as we can grill them. We offer cold beers, wines and liquor drinks if you like to wash your burgers and fries down with a frosty beverage. Afterwards you can walk off your yummy meal by seeing the sights. Whangamata is a famous surf beach and is an easy stroll to the sandy shores to see the action in the water, or to just get your toes sandy. Come visit us at Soulburger where our friendly staff will whip you up something to feed your soul.

Reviewed By JohnSB3 - Wellington, New Zealand

I do like the taste of a good burger as someone in a movie once said. This place does beef, chicken and vege/fish burgers (lentil patty anyone?) with fries and shakes, and they do it well. I had the Royale with cheese (what else?). There is room to eat in, but in summer that gets pretty hot, and while there are outside tables, there aren’t many. Takeaway and phone orders are big. Soul Burger is licensed so you can enjoy wine or beer with your meal. All their stuff is made on the premises and a bit of tender loving care shows through. Well worth a visit when you are in the mood for a good burger

3. The Lincoln

501 Port Road, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 7-865 6338
Excellent
39%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
11%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

The Lincoln

The Lincoln is a lively, must-visit café/bar/restaurant when in Whangamata, popular Surfing mecca of New Zealand and one of the most popular beach resorts around. The Lincoln specialises in craft beers, often introducing new and exciting craft beers both local and imported. They have Boundary Road, Wild Buck & Bouncing Czech beers to name a few, and have a beer to suit every taste.The Lincoln serve delicious food from varied menus which change seasonally, have fresh seafood daily, and also serve weekend brunch and burgers. Try their massive popular Woodstock Bourbon Pork Ribs, and wide selection of steaks from the Butchers Block menu.The Lincoln has regular DJ's and live music, so watch or phone for details of what they have on in the coming weeks. The Lincoln is a popular venue for private functions all year round, such as weddings, birthday celebrations, or work functions, so call us and discuss your individual preferences. We can also do out-catering if you prefer to have your celebration at your place.With its great location right in the centre of the main street, indoor and outdoor Seating in the sunny climate of Whangamata, The Lincoln is a popular place for all ages to visit, whether it is for coffee or a drink, café snacks, lunch, brunch or dinner

Reviewed By HannellFlanley

Was nothing to rave about. Wouldn't rush back.. Was ignored for about 30 minutes before we even got water and all the waitresses seemed rather unapproachable... I will be back eventually and hopefully by then, their game has picked up...

4. El Barrio

101 Winifred Avenue, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$110 +64 7-865 6400
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

El Barrio

Reviewed By G00nerNZ - Tauranga, New Zealand

Extended family visit over the long weekend & all breakfast options ordered were enjoyed. Nice outdoor setting with plenty of shade.

5. Neros

711 Port Road, Whangamata 3643, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$102 - HK$165 +64 7-865 6300
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Neros

Dine at New Zealand's most beautiful beach destination This exceptionally popular evening restaurant is where fresh food enjoys a fusion with the modern cuisine of New Zealand and the Mediterranean. Famous in Whangamata and beyond, Neros enjoys a smart but relaxed ambience with a distinct seaside feel. In addition to restaurant dining both footpath and beautiful courtyard garden are complete with fire tables to provide a perfect stage for a wonderful night out at New Zealand's most beautiful beach destination.

Reviewed By bruceandlinda - Ottawa, Canada

Although our 5-nights accommodation had a kitchen, we decided to go to Neros one night. Went back two nights later! The seafood linguini is super. We also recommend the salmon ("excellent") and risotto ("to die for"). The green curry was good too. Looks like pizza is more than half of their business. Very busy on a Thursday night in March; super busy on Saturday night, which slowed down the kitchen a little, but the service was still great.

6. Onemana Boatshed Cafe

101 Bambury Place | Onemana, Whangamata 3691, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +64 7-865 7200
Excellent
53%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
7%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Onemana Boatshed Cafe

Good food, and the beach.

Reviewed By 849michaelh849 - Newtown, Pennsylvania

We had a very interesting conversation with the locals. The dining was Al Fresco and the conversations were not confined to a single table. When the locals discovered we were from America they wanted to share about the treasures of the Coromandel Pennunsula. The cafe is located right on the beach and we had a nice walk after our lunch.

7. Blackies Cafe by the Beach - Whangamata

418 Ocean Road, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 - HK$110 +64 7-865 9834
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Blackies Cafe by the Beach - Whangamata

Whangamata's only beach side cafe serving quality cuisine at affordable prices in a relaxed atmosphere

Reviewed By Karen L

This is the happening place at Whangamata Beach. It's always busy during the summer months, especially in the morning during breakfast hours. Their coffee is good, and breakfast are all excellent too. Service is good too. They get the meals out pretty quickly, but it's fun just people watching since it's directly behind the Surf Club.

8. Mizzoni Woodfired Pizza

100 Hunt Road, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$141 +64 21 193 2563
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Mizzoni Woodfired Pizza

Reviewed By Craig A - Wellington, New Zealand

Very good pizza. Enough choice for the whole family. And some new ones we had not tried before. Recommended.

9. Wild Sage

701 Port Road, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 36 reviews

Wild Sage

Reviewed By JennyMarieH - Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

we've visited this cafe on 2 or 3 occasions and each time we have been greeted with a friendly smile by staff. we've thoroughly enjoyed the raw key lime pie and the raw caramel slice, the coffee is excellent and they offer coconut or almond milk for lattes. a wonderful experience all around.

10. Incognito Licensed Brasserie

701b Port Road, Whangamata 3620, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available International, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$102 - HK$173 +64 22 477 5441
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 27 reviews

Incognito Licensed Brasserie

Intimate and tasteful, Incognito is the pet project of Whangamata's best chef. Everything is cooked fresh and to order by the owner herself. Sporting an extensive wine list, Incognito focusses on providing a great experience every time. Although bookings are essential , walk ups will be welcomed whenever possible.

Reviewed By Victoria S S - Auckland, New Zealand

A lovely little restaurant with amazing food. My partner and I loved it. He had the lamb shanks and I had the Thai curry - both delicious. And the desserts were amazing as well. Also the best fries I have ever had. Definitely recommend and book to avoid disappointment as it's a small place.

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