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Helena Bay Cafe

) #15 of 101 Restaurants in Whangarei $$ - $$$ Cafe, European,
1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“quinoa salad” (2 reviews)
“cakes” (10 reviews)
Opens in 22 min
All hours
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
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11 - 20 of 171 reviews

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...More

Thank jobst56
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...More

4  Thank Loves2tstravel
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The road trip to Russell is a long one...and finding this lovely spot to stop and take a break was a real treat. It's hard to tell from the road if it's worth stopping here, and i confess we nosed our car down the driveway...More

Thank vanfamAuckland
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great service, fabulous food and views to die for. Great gardens to view, art gallery to look at but very expensive to buy and the dogs at the door a sight to behold.

1  Thank russle0
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great views and gallery and gardens to walk around once you've had coffee etc. We've popped in here a few times as we holiday out this way. Although it's been a few years since we had a cooked meal here, we always find the coffee...More

1  Thank DCBAuckland
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome view and if you just go for coffee it might be ok.... had the pancakes it was cold and warmed up in the microwave, not fresh. The eggs and bacon was pathetic!!!!! We will not go there again.

4  Thank Andre V
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely stunning views from your table. Food is great, friendly staff. Defiantly worth a detour. Great gift shoo too

1  Thank breeanna43
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We stopped here spontaneously on our journey. Enjoyed looking at all the interesting art in the little garden and in the gallery. Spotted the deck at the back of the cafe, looking across to the bay over thick forest, and decided to stay for lunch....More

Thank HSc0tt
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We were passing through and were recommended to stop here for lunch. Perfect place for lunch with a view all the way out to the sea. The food was great as well as the service!

1  Thank F S
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Although we have been to this cafe several times we enjoy it more and more. The food is consistently good and staff attentive. It is a beautiful place just to sit and enjoy a meal

Thank luv2eatout2016
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Is the cafe open for breakfast on a Sunday tomorow,31st July.?
30 July 2016|
Response from Helenabaycafe | Property representative |
Hello, thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately it only reached us today / Monday. Yes we are currently open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Looking forward to welcoming you in the cafe, Kind regards Julia... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-433 9934
  • E-mail
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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