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The Cafe Helena Bay Hill

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1392 Old Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
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10:00 - 16:00
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So went went there for brunch To be completely honest I was not overly impressed. I ordered the lasagna as did another in my group.... there's was larger and more eye appealing. It was very underseasoned. This is my taste though so I'm not saying don't go there, you may very well like it, I am Jus saying they I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The setting is stunning - great gardens and an incredible view from the deck. Coffee was pretty good too. Unfortunately the food didn't quite live up to the same standard - overpriced and pretty average. Service was also a little inattentive and slow. Would definitely recommend stopping in for a drink and the view though.

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Thank mwolf155
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Cafe Helena Bay Hill Location: Whangarei, Northland Region, North Island, New Zealand, South Pacific Title: worst fritters i have ever eaten ID#: 476997507 I find it hard to understand how people can serve inferior muck to there target cliental of tourists . I am a local and thought i would treat my wife to a nice brunch before heading... More 

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Julia N, General Manager at The Cafe Helena Bay Hill, responded to this review

Dear customer, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your experience and giving us the opportunity to respond. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy the breakfast fritters which are a very popular item on our breakfast menu. We do pride ourselves on excellent food and a great customer service. I did talk to you... More 

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Such a lovely place to stop and have breakfast/coffee on the way up to Russell. Amazing views and great, good priced food. Would definitely come back again!

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Thank Camper9365
Vicenza, Italy
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75 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I stopped to visit the Art Gallery, that's superbe, with plenty of high lever artworks and a must if you're around. Then I decided to have a short stop in the cafè before keeping exploring the coast. Service was slow, my cappuccino average if not a little dull, but it was absolutely worth because of the stunning view of the... More 

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Benidorm, Spain
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Last day in New Zealand,so our friends brought us here for a last meal.. If you don't know where it is you might not find it. It is set on a mountain amid masses of greenery overlooking Helena Bay...what fabulous views. There is a cafe and a gallery / shop...with some fabulous works by different artists and sculptures. The food... More 

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Thank Brian A
New Zealand
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Ten visits to date. This cafe is one of the North's Greatest attractions. In my opinion the Gallery is one of the countries best. The staff here are lovely, though rather sadly, not a New Zealander in sight. Coffee is not good. Food is very expensive for cafe food. Nevertheless the View and locations eclipse this. It is absolutely lovely.

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Thank Daniel F
Barton-under-Needwood, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to break your journey on the winding coast road to Russell. We went here for an early lunch, which we really enjoyed on the patio looking down the valley to the bay. The view is v picturesque. The gardens are interesting with sculptures dotted about, and the gallery is very good with many varied and... More 

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Thank nick w
Hamburg, Germany
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888 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

About 13 kms from the main road, this cafe is well known and visited by lots of locals and tourists alike. When we were there on a Sunday it was packed, almost impossible to find parking. Highly priced art and restaurant - a Rolls Royce found its way into the small car park, just to tell you what sort of... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Initially we were delighted to stumble upon the cafe and gallery. Hadn't planned to stop there, but it was on our way and I recalled reading excellent reviews. Didin't catch the name of the order taker/server, but I hope for the owner's sake she was just having a bad day. She was curt and rude. We made our own way... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1392 Old Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-433 9934
Description
The Cafe specializes in European style food with amazing homemade delicacies & and coffee in an outstanding location. Enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the stunning sea views or relax in our conservatory-style indoor area. We are fully licensed and can cater for small groups and functions. Evening meals by arrangement. Group Bookings & Functions are well come at any time, Dinner by arrangement

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