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Parua Bay Tavern

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$$ - $$$
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, 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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Tue - Sun 23:30 - 22:00
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Los Angeles, California
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Just past the golf course on the way to Whangarei Heads. Does not look like much from the road but great bar and restaurant with bay views, pool tables, boat dock, terrace seating.11:30-close price $15-$28. We split the aged Angus sirloin with prawn skewer chunky chips and salad, plenty for two and delicious. Order at bar and seat yourself.

Thank puravidamum
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Had dinner and a game of pool. Food was delicious and didn't have to wait long to eat. The view is beautiful, a pleasant place to spend the evening. A wee bit pricey, but delicious nonetheless.

Thank Kerri N
Whangarei, New Zealand
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The food was fab and the chocolate pot dessert was to die for. It was noisy but there were 25 of us seated in the outside covered decking area. The only downside was the waitress's bought the meals out but never knew whose they were somewhat strange I thought.

Thank Frances195522
Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Lovely views. The food is good. My daughter travels out 20 kms to get pizzas from these guys. well worth a visit

Thank Chrisj4422
New Zealand
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is a nice tavern where you can dine inside or out. We thoroughly enjoyed our pizza outside overlooking the bay.

Thank Geepnz
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had spent the day at ocean beach and stopped here on the way back to Wangaraei on the recommendation of our B&B owner. The location and food are both excellent. We both had the fish and chips which was freshly cooked and the portion sizes were pretty generous! Staff were really friendly to, definitely recommend popping... More 

Thank jamesk7901
Taranaki Region, New Zealand
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Incredible pizza and food! Prompt and friendly service and a view to die for!! Inside tables, deck picnic tables and seaside lawn dining options! Very much worth the beautiful drive to visit!!! Cannot fault this wonderful place!

Thank charliecharlie444
Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The views out over the water and the lovely food make this a wonderful place to spend a get together with friends.

Thank _gatkinz768
Whangarei, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Excellent service and very pleasant surroundings. Even on an overcast day there was a great atmosphere.

Thank lindejudd
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90 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Bloody loud...but it is a pub...the views are great out over the bay, the beer cold. the food arrives in pretty smart time...and theer is no pressure to leave...heaven!!!!!

Thank guggetravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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, 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
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?