We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Mokaba Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
6 Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei 0110, New Zealand
+64 9-438 7557
08:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

235 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 234: English reviews
Level Contributor
207 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

All came here for breakfast and had the muesli and teas and coffees apart from one who had the smoked salmon bagel It was all served very quickly and I am loving the muesli since coming to Australia and NZ They do it so well A nice place to come for breakfast

Thank Anita E
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This is where most locals will fight for a spot for a weekend breakfast or lunch. Well located and good meals. Owners are friendly

Thank Deftoneschris
Dunedin, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Mokaba is right next to the quayside in central Whangarei so easy access to the town centre and plenty of parking available. We went on a very busy public holiday so the place was buzzing and we had to queue to get served and find a table. Lots of outside tables with umbrellas but we had to make do with... More 

Thank David T
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level Contributor
72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Was very busy when we arrived but by the time we got to the counter people had left and we had room to sit. Food arrived at random times with some drinks arriving last (coke!) food was nice and quite filling, a little on the expensive side.

Thank Diannemh46
Kaitaia, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Ordered Caesar salad, it was their take of a Caesar, but not a very good version. Wrong lettuce, maybe one anchovies and 2 thin dehydrated slices of bread posing as croutons! Bacon cut up into micro-mini squares! Lol Egg was poached to perfection. Coffee was okay. Value for money? Disappointing.

Thank Bodercia
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Had to ask for menus. Ordered poached eggs on gf toast. The toast was white think slices of barely toasted bread. No option was offered when ordering as to white or brown and husband forgot to state but should have been asked by counter staff. They did offer to provide brown toast but little too late when lunch already on... More 

Thank 452paw
Justin L, Owner at Mokaba Cafe, responded to this review

Menu at our counter service café is 4 metres long by 1 metre high with loads of menus available on request. The egg dish mentioned is on the menu as Freerange poached eggs on Ciabatta bread which is a white Italian bread. Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Had brunch.So highly organized from the counter(Marisa) to the manager,Alison. She is so so efficient,and her P.R.is awesome.They were flat out,and we had a complicated order.Sat back expecting a long wait and possibly an error with the way we ordered. But the order came back very quickly and everything was spot on.Free range eggs very rich in color poached to... More 

1 Thank michaelbucko
New Zealand
Level Contributor
137 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Our favourite and regular choice is fries with aioli, they are the best. Coffee is great, view is great, food cabinet has a good range, including gluten free

Thank Queenslander2013
Cambridge, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

So convenient and a pleasant setting. Love walking in this neighborhood and always come back here for a coffee and a treat with friends. Owner takes an interest in the operations. Lots of pleasant eats to be had.

Thank Chris2012Cambridge
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level Contributor
75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

A great place for a coffee or breakfast or lunch, friendly staff as our group meet here every Saturday morning after parkrun Whangarei. We shift the tables around to suit the size of our group, inside, under cover or a table outside with an umbrella to keep the sun off and watch the world go by or take in the... More 

Thank Ron C

Travellers who viewed Mokaba Cafe also viewed

Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region

Been to Mokaba Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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$3 - US$29
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Quayside | Town Basin, Whangarei 0110, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-438 7557
Stunning location, delicious food & coffee, gorgeous cakes & pastries including gluten free, friendly service, licenced, free wifi, plenty of parking. Fully licensed.Delightful all day cafe overlooking the bustling Whangarei Town Basin where boats from all over the world are moored. Open 7 days from 8am - 5pm,fabulous food (including gluten free options) and delicious Chiasso coffee are served all day by friendly, welcoming staff. Zenbu hotspot wifi available - free download vouchers. After an exciting Mokaba experience there is a wide range of excellent boutique shops, artisans and craftsmen, museums, parks and a boardwalk along the side of the Hatea River.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mokaba Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?