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Helena Bay Cafe

1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“salmon bagel” (2 reviews)
“cake” (6 reviews)
Opens in 23 min
New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

having stopped here on our last trip to NZ we decided to head back to Auckland along the old Russell Road rather than SH1 as we knew the drive was spectacular and worth the extra time and distance. We also knew we could stop off...More

Thank geordie9Kent
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Amazing rest here at The Gallery, good food, wonderful place - take Russel Road to Russel , coming from Tutukaka.. Enjoy the road and stop at several beach

Thank b_eyselee
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Took a couple of friends here after we had been to a craft show in Russel, a long and winding drive but very much worth it, beautiful views, fab food and great staff, I had Lasagne which was so tasty, one friend had a Salmon...More

Thank TROPHYKerikeri
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Came across this gem of a cafe and gallery whilst driving the scenic road from Whakapara to Russell. Two beautiful Newfoundlands give you a laid back greeting. The cafe has wonderful fresh cooked food - I had the seafood chowder and beef lasagne and, if...More

Thank Tiara2
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Dropped by en route to Orewa. With stunning views, great food, wine and helpful staff we had a thoroughly lovely lunch. This was followed by a look round their amazing arts and craft shop and gardens. We returned there on our way back and had...More

Thank Alex S
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We always stop here on our way up North and never disappointed. The food is casual fare, delicious and reasonably priced. There is a good selection for everyone. Nice views and friendly staff.

Thank TrishyAuckland
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Look over some amazing art works from around the north, some great pieces to view or buy! There is something for everyone, then have a great coffee and a meal. Visit with friends or family, a great place!

Thank John H
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you for visiting us John.

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

After checking opening times on the website I drove the family all the way to this cafe to find doors shutting. Website said shut at five. However they turned us away at four. They seemed to be amused at our disappointment. But it is a...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 4 July 2017

If you are driving the area for beach and forest walks, this place is a very nice place to stop for a while, have a bite to eat, and/or a drink, enjoy the view, and take a look at some top-notch art for sale. We...More

Thank pablo_fishmeister
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Glad you enjoyed your break. Hope we do see you again one day.

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

This cafe is the only place for miles for a decent sit down meal. There is an amazing view from the outside seating area. Our meals were very tasty. I had the pulled pork in a puff pastry basket with a nice little side of...More

Thank Tina R
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Beth P
9 July 2017|
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Response from Helenabaycafe | Property representative |
Hi Beth, My apologies your afternoon was spoilt. I have changed Trip Advisor. Warm regards Janet Pope
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
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 18
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while taking in the stunning sea views or relax in our conservatory-style indoor area. Try our homemade slices and cakes. Reservations welcome. We are open from 9.30am -5pm daily with our kitchen open from 10am - 3pm for full meals and 3pm - 5pm with limited options.
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