Where to eat in Golden Bay

If you are lucky enough to visit Golden Bay, the most northern point of New Zealand’s South Island the you will probably be asking yourself where to eat in Golden Bay.  There are many great locations all around Golden Bay.  Below is a list of some of the best around.



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The Courthouse Café  11 Elizabeth St, Collingwood.  Open daily in summer except Wed  Ph 03 524 8194

The Courthouse Cafe has new owners and has reopened. It is one of the best cafes in Golden Bay.  Enjoy your favourite coffee while relaxing in beautiful Collingwood in magical Golden Bay.  New to the menu is are The Courthouse Pizza.  Quickly getting some great reviews, the pizzas are available for takeway only every Thursday and Saturday nights.  Located right across the road from The Station House Motel.
EVERY TUESDAY get a Coffee or Tea and either a Muffin, Cinnamon Roll or cake for only $7.50

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Rosy Glow Chocolates   54 Beach Road, Collingwood.  Open Sat – Thursday.  Ph 03 524 8348

When you visit Collingwood then you really do need to and crazy not to check out Rosy Glow Chocolates, especially you Chocoholics. Some of the best handmade confection going around and every piece is produced with love.  Try one – you wont be disappointed.
“It’s a delightful little chocolate shop with equally nice staff”


The Naked Possum Cafewhere to eat in golden bay, naked possum, the station house motel, accommodation in collingwood  158 Carter Road, Rockville. Open daily in summer. Ph 03 524 8433

The Naked Possum is an “eco tourism” gem situated at the edge of the Kahurangi forest in Golden Bay, New Zealand and is a must do “destination” experience.  Relax at this splendid award winning cafe nestled in the native bush surrounds.  It boosts an outdoor fire, ample lawn, great beer and a possum tannery, a retail possum shop, spit roast and barbeque.
“overlooking the Kaituna River and the entrance to the beautiful Kaituna Walking Track”


where to eat in golden bay, motel in golden bayThe Mussel Inn  1259 State Highway 60, Onekaka  Ph 03 525 9241

Located right in the middle of Golden Bay. It has a rustic and homely feel to it, very friendly staff, they produce all their own beers, ales, ciders, soft drinks and the occasional house wine in their small onsite brewery.  A great place where locals enjoy meeting the tourists around the large outdoor fire-pit, enjoying the live music.  The Mussel Inn could be described as ‘Kiwi woolshed’ meets ‘Aussie farmhouse’ with a single room and verandas on three sides, chunky wooden furniture (tables good to dance on) creating a space that is rustic and homely.

where to eat in golden bay, the station house motel, best motel in golden bayOld School Cafe 1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Rd, Pakawau Ph 524 8457

Dining in class!  Enjoy the wonderful fresh produce of the area while sitting in their lovely outdoor setting, surrounded by established plants, or inside amongst the history of the school house it used to be.

farewell spit cafe, where to eat in golden bayFarewell Spit Cafe 68 Freemans Access Road Puponga  Ph 524 8454

This is an all in one café, restaurant and a tourist information centre. The views of Farewell Spit from the balcony are fantastic and unlikely to be matched anywhere else in the area

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aka Tinkies Tavern is a friendly and pleasant public bar, dining bar and restaurant where the locals and tourists hang out. Enjoy exquisite views from our sunset balcony and two beer gardens. We also offer takeaways and children are always welcome.