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The Cafe Helena Bay Hill

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1392 Old Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
10:00 - 16:00
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great views and gallery and gardens to walk around once you've had coffee etc. We've popped in here a few times as we holiday out this way. Although it's been a few years since we had a cooked meal here, we always find the coffee and cakes good. Definitely worth a visit.

1 Thank DCBAuckland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Awesome view and if you just go for coffee it might be ok.... had the pancakes it was cold and warmed up in the microwave, not fresh. The eggs and bacon was pathetic!!!!! We will not go there again.

3 Thank Andre V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely stunning views from your table. Food is great, friendly staff. Defiantly worth a detour. Great gift shoo too

1 Thank breeanna43
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stopped here spontaneously on our journey. Enjoyed looking at all the interesting art in the little garden and in the gallery. Spotted the deck at the back of the cafe, looking across to the bay over thick forest, and decided to stay for lunch. Butterflies and dragonflies danced around us. A super little oasis. Had the chowder, which I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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191 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We were passing through and were recommended to stop here for lunch. Perfect place for lunch with a view all the way out to the sea. The food was great as well as the service!

1 Thank F S
Whangarei, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Although we have been to this cafe several times we enjoy it more and more. The food is consistently good and staff attentive. It is a beautiful place just to sit and enjoy a meal

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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We called in for a coffee and bite to eat on the way to Bland Bay. The place was extremely busy with a number of tables reserved so we considered ourselves lucky to find a table. We ordered 2 coffees, a hot chocolate, a toasted chicken roll and slice of Danish apple cake. The roll arrived quite quickly so we... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

We went for a Friday lunch. A superb setting with views over native bush down to the sea, The food was excellent, and the service friendly and efficient. We were surprised at the value for money here as well. After lunch we had a walk through the gardens amongst the amazing sculptures and gardens. I recommend this place to all.... More 

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New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

So nice to be able to sit outside in the best seat in the house and enjoy the gorgeous view, in a great setting as well as great coffee and nice food without a side of someone else's smoke.

Thank Rodget15
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

On a recent trip we drove from Whangarei up to Russell and took the long way home along the Northern Bays (Whangaruru / Helena Bay etc. But that's another story. The Cafe on top of the hill crossing back to Hikurangi is well worth a visit. Lovely European and NZ food, great coffee and cider and wine and excellent service.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Seating, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1392 Old Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-433 9934
The Cafe specializes in European style food with amazing homemade delicacies & and coffee in an outstanding location. Enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the stunning sea views or relax in our conservatory-style indoor area. We are fully licensed and can cater for small groups and functions. Evening meals by arrangement. Group Bookings & Functions are well come at any time, Dinner by arrangement

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