With summer in full swing it’s Kiwi tradition to head out of town to a beautiful beach or wander off the beaten track for walks and adventures. Coromandel is well-known as one of New Zealand’s holiday hotspots but we reckon it’s also the ultimate dining destination. We’ve found three amazing eateries which would be well worth a road trip this summer:
Situated in the heart of the Coromandel Township, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience steeped in Coromandel history. Our top tip? Relax in their garden under the landmark Pepper Tree which is over 100 years old! Open seven days from 10am to 9pm you’re sure to find some beautiful menu items guaranteed to make you want to return.
Heading south from Coromandel Town towards Thames, turn off along the Tapu-Coroglen Road and you’ll soon find a hidden gem – the tranquil Rapaura Water Gardens. Within the grounds is this awar winning restaurant which is open from 9am to 4pm from October through to April. With the use of fresh seasonal ingredients Koru’s dishes are full of flavour and perfect for a relaxing holiday lunch or a delicious afternoon tea. And to satisfy the biggest holiday appetite check out their Serious Steak Sandwich!
Tairua is a great base to explore the east coast of the Coromandel and after a day of fishing or sightseeing there would be nothing better than to enjoy beautiful waterfront views and delicious food at this bar and grill. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a holiday catch up with friends this is well and truly worth a visit. Try their slow cooked lamb served with ancient grains and pea tendrils – definitely worth a mention.