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Parua Bay Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
+64 9-436 5856
23:30 - 22:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely looking over the waterfront with yachts etc, and great outside on a sunny day, at the tables, you can walk a few metres to the small jetty. Food is fine itself, with only okay service. Spoiled by the high prices though - shame. Can be very busy in summer.

Thank TheRei
Auckland, New Zealand
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The drive is lovely, the beers are varied, the food is good, and on a summer evening, this place is quite gorgeous, with plenty of space for the kids to run around, and tables inside and out. The views are spectacular. Will come again with te whanau.

Thank Simon_B651
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for lunch after sightseeing in the area. Had one of the best burgers I've ever had. Doesn't look like much from the outside just off the road but they make amazing food and a beautiful outdoor view when the weather is nice.

Thank 8yayaelle8
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Book if you want to be guaranteed a table for dinner We thought we would try lunch this time as we couldn't get a table with short notice on our Anniversary It was difficult to find parking Food was okay and the view was great Would need a little more time to soak it all in

Thank shimmintoddy
Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quick service and fantastic location with great views of the harbour.Friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy an evening

Thank Paua59
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A regular spot for us to have a treat lunch - no hesitation in recommending - and a great place to take visitors.

Thank FleurMorris
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous position, service and ambience a must do. Great views and ideal for a lovely night out. Good menu, food was great and a choice of seating areas to suit everyone.

Thank Parul B
New Zealand
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a find. Great views over the harbour. Didn't have any beer but the fish was delicious (gurnard) and the salt and pepper squid was also very tasty. They have a children's menu with pizza and that was a reasonable size with thin crust. Would return. 👍

Thank Marcus L
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub,restaurant sits right on the water, great views. Seating indoors, on decks or tables on the lawn by the water and wharf. You can even tie your run about at the wharf and pop for a meal or drink.This is a very popular tavern, but the service is excellent with very friendly staff. Great selection of tap beers, good... More 

Thank Ross B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had wedges, burger and some pizza and enjoyed all of them. The chicken burger was especially good 😁

Thank Anthony L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-436 5856
Parua Bay Tavern is nestled on the waterfront of the beautiful Whangarei Heads harbour under the majestic Mt. Aubrey and Whangarei Headland.With its own jetty and picturesque outlook the tavern is a favourite for lunch and dinners, groups and large functions whether downstairs on the covered dining deck, on the lovely lawn or upstairs in the function area.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?