Where do you recommend quests go when they stay with you? I would love to be able to expand this page to include things you like to do, and places you like to go when you have guests. Please leave a comment and let me know what those places are and I might add them. I would like to keep the drive time to under 35 minutes.
2. Et Tu Bistro – (09) 8345327 (pays to book)
3. Fuze cafe – (09) 834 8536 (probably don’t need to book) best place for breakfast!
4. Demolition Deli – (09) 834 4698 (can’t book, small cafe but great coffee, cakes, bread and more)
5. Thai Peninsula – (09) 834 9998 (restaurant and takeaway)
6. Maral Kebabs – (09) 834 7111 (takeaway only)
Beyond Te Atatu Peninsula
Riverhead, The Landing
Riverhead, The Landing is a nice place to go for dinner or lunch. The venue has great deck areas to sit and look out over the river.
About 30 minutes drive. website here.
Phone (09) 412 8902,
Address: Cnr Queen & York, Riverhead.
Muriwai and the Gannets
Muriwai has some great walks that give wonderful views of the gannets. Best time of year to see the gannets is between October and February. Muriwai also has a cafe so you can get a nice lunch too. Please be very careful if you decide to swim as west coast beach are very dangerous with dangerous rips. I suggest only swimming if lifeguards are on duty.
About 35 minutes drive. See Muriwai on map here.
Piha surf beach
Piha is also on the west coast so the warning about swimming still applies. But even if you don’t want to swim, Piha has great walks up to a waterfall and a walk on the beach is very relaxing. Piha has a great cafe also.
About 35 minutes drive. See Piha on map here.
Wineries and Craft Beers – (my favourites)
Hallertau Brew Bar and Restaurant – 1171 Riverbed Hwy, Auckland 0892, Phone (09) 412 5555.
Coopers Creek Vineyard – 601 SH 16, Kumeu, Auckland 0891, Phone (09) 412 8560.
Matua – 311 Waikoukou Valley Road, Waimauku, Auckland, Phone (09) 411 5559
Black Cottage Cafe
This a great place and a nice drive out of the city to Coatsville. They do great breakfast, but also do lunch and are open till 4pm. You can probably get away with not booking unless it’s one of their busy times like Saturday or Sunday morning.
Phone (09) 4115 4545
About 20 or so minutes away. Website here.