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Beach side restaurants north NZ

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Beach side restaurants north NZ

Hello! In December I will be taking my girlfriend to New Zealand. I am hoping to propose to her at a restaurant on the beach. I searched for awhile and didn't find anything promising. We will be in around Kerikeri and Auckland.

I want to really blow her out of the water, so the nicer the restaurant, the better. Must happen at sunset. Price is not an issue.

Other options, if anyone has any clue how to make this happen:

-Nice restaurant on a boat

-Catered dinner on a private boat at if restaurant boat doesn't exist

-Private/catered dinner on a beach with hired musicians

Thanks in advance for any tips!

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1. Re: Beach side restaurants north NZ

How fantastic! Here are a couple of options I would suggest...

Cable Bay on Waiheke Island (35 minute ferry from Auckland). Gorgeous views back to Auckland over the water and an excellent restaurant with good food and wine. http://cablebay.co.nz/

Mudbrick on Waiheke is a similar set up (nice winery restaurant with excellent views), I find the food better at Cable Bay but Mudbrick does have a lovely atmosphere http://www.mudbrick.co.nz/

It's not easy to find a restaurant that is properly on the beach anywhere as traditionally beach side land in NZ is not overly developed from a commercial sense. All of the ones I can think of are more casual, or are right in Auckland city centre on the harbour so probably less romantic (if you don't mind city centre then Ostro in Auckland is a top restaurant with harbour views) http://www.seafarers.co.nz/dining

Kauri Cliffs I'm sure would be able to arrange something for you, they are north of Keri Keri near Matauri Bay http://www.kauricliffs.com/luxury-travel-nz

If you wanted to do the private dinner on a beach thing some of the high end hotels might arrange this for you if you stayed as a guest, you could try Mollies in Auckland http://www.mollies.co.nz/ or the Boatshed on Waiheke Island http://www.boatshed.co.nz/ or somewhere like Takatu Lodge or Waimana Point Lodge (Matakana region north of Auckland).

Or you could go straight to a boutique event planner like Touch of Spice touchofspice.co.nz/creative-events-destinati…

Good luck!

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2. Re: Beach side restaurants north NZ

Hi Janan,

Darryl's dinner cruise operating out of Paihia may fit the bill - have a look at these TA reviews tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255110-d1…

All of the Bay of Islands is romantic!


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3. Re: Beach side restaurants north NZ

Thank you so much!!

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4. Re: Beach side restaurants north NZ

Great suggestions from Sunny...

Personally I'd skip the 'restaurant' and just go for the beach. Pack a picnic hamper and find a beach, there are hundreds to choose from betten auckland and Cape Reinga.

However, if you want sunset over the water, you'll need to go to the West Coast... piha, muriwai, karekare... the beaches are generally larger, longer on the West Coast. So, id go back again to Waiheke Is, beaches, ocean, and sunset over Auckland city...

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5. Re: Beach side restaurants north NZ

So we want an update. Did you propose? Did you have dinner on the beach?

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6. Re: Beach side restaurants north NZ

Did she say yes?

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