Rest of North Island

Restaurants in Rest of North Island

Peter Thornley's menu is an effortless mix of traditional and contemporary New Zealand.

Craggy Range Winery’s restaurant has a wood-fired oven turning out great roasted meats.

Black Barn is many things: winery, summer concert venue, modern Kiwi art gallery, restaurant, local farmers’ market, and lodging. What makes it all work is that it feels like a personal project, a kind of curated lifestyle, tastefully conceived and stylishly executed.

A modern restaurant with sweeping vistas across the gulf.

The view alone is worth the detour: outdoor tables overlook a glassy pool, down past the rows of grapevines, and out to a thin ribbon of blue sea. It feels like a colorful hybrid of Thailand and Provence.

Martin has a goatee and a winking, genial gruffness. His restaurant occupies the glass-walled dining room of a 126-year-old yacht club. The room is tidy but unpretentious, dominated by views of swaying sailboats and old sheds once used by the American navy.

Vegetables grown on-site, and a great view of the Hauraki Gulf.