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Parua Bay Tavern

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$$ - $$$
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
+64 9-436 5856
23:30 - 22:00
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly service in a fabulous setting and awesome food. It's my favourite spot around Whangarei. Will definitely be back.

Thank Twinkles33
Tutukaka, New Zealand
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90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very lovely views of the bay. Limited menu and you place your order at the bar. Fish and chips are very nice.

Thank Kathryn M
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the drive out of town to see the awesome view. A favourite place of ours to catch up with a group of friends. Great atmosphere and service and plenty of good fresh food on the menu

Thank Kim B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we went last night and had a fantastic meal - weren't expecting it as on first appearances it seemed a bit like a typical kiwi pub (albeit in a stunning location on the waterfront!) but from the minute we walked in the place felt friendly, warm and casual - the staff were great and actually seemed to be enjoying working... More 

Thank Martine B
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Beer and fish & chips on the wter at the Parua Bay Tavern can't be beat and this is one of the must do pubs on the Whangarei Heads and surrounding areas!

Thank Frank M
Whangarei, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Menu choices not as good as a couple of years ago. Too much fried stuff, especially in kids' meals. Fish still good though battered and deep fried, (would have chosen if crumbed), chips nice and meal did come with 2 sauces but mini salad a bit gluggy. Pizza average. Staff friendly, location great, even on a rainy day and will... More 

Thank rosiesview
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Although the location is great until recently the food was unexceptional but had a pizza 2 days ago that was very special and my group of 8 all had excellent food !

Thank Richard1901
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Amazing Pizza busy buzzing traditional pub. Family friendly with good service. Nice menu with a good range of choices and well priced. Great out door area with stunning views.

Thank Dave Sharlane D
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

This gorgeous little hotel served the best drinks and the nicest meals, with love on the side ! The staff were the friendliest, most genuine people and nothing was a bother. The views are breathtaking especially as the sunsets. This little gem should definitely be on your list to experience. It's a relaxing part of beautiful NZ where time seems... More 

Thank mich602016
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Doesn't look much from front but great traditional pub inside with lots of choice for beer. Pizza was amazing. Views were spectacular. Lovely beer garden for kids to run around.

Thank breeanna43

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$21
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-436 5856
Parua Bay Tavern is nestled on the waterfront of the beautiful Whangarei Heads harbour under the majestic Mt. Aubrey and Whangarei Headland.With its own jetty and picturesque outlook the tavern is a favourite for lunch and dinners, groups and large functions whether downstairs on the covered dining deck, on the lovely lawn or upstairs in the function area.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?