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$5 - $30
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Street Food, New Zealand, Fusion
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 14 March 2024 via mobile

The Surf Shack is the place for a post-beach coffee and meal, with dog-friendly tables and very generous and delicious food. We believe it is a local beach visit institution.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024

Posh french toast and big brekky. Both excellent. Lovely atmosphere and Staff. Would go again next time were down this way

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2024

Great coffee. Warm friendly service (leaves Flat white for dead) and good food. They were extremely busy when we arrived but comms around timings were accurate.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024

OMGoodness! I wanted to eat my meal quickly because it was so delicious, but also wanted it to last longer so I could really savour it. I had Posh French Toast .... YUMmmmm.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

The place was full when we first arrived but managed to snag a table. We placed our order and were warned it was a 45 min wait for food. Some excellent coffees tied us over - coffee here way better than all other places we...tried in the area. The bacon butty was lovely. The pancakes were excellent - maybe too much ice cream? I can’t believe I said that. The ultimate toastie was a big hit. The Kiwi breakfast was filling and well cooked. All in all, a great meal. Fresh ingredients, well prepared and well seasoned. If you are in the area, make the time. I wish they were open for dinner because I wanted to try their quesadilla and their burger.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

Went for the first time for breakfast & it was so good we went back the next day for my birthday breakfast. Really friendly & attentive staff, delicious food & excellent value for money. Loved that dogs were welcome & the dog loved her complementary...bag of sausage. The owner Jo made us so welcome. Highly recommend this quirky, kiwi venue.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

This eatery never disappoints! We go every time we are up this end of BOP. Just an awesome experience with lovely unpretentious staff, super dog friendly and to top that, the food is just the best. We recommend the Surf Shack yo anyone we know...heading up to the area....we can't wait for our next visit.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023 via mobile

We visited during school holidays and the place had a nice gummy vibe. We have been before but I reckon it was around covid. Brilliant menu and after the poor quality food at outrageous prices we were hoping to strike gold from reading the reviews...in the area! We were not disappointed, great service, great choice of drinks especially the Koa Kombucca and Pete sodas. The food was spectacularly presented and plenty of it. I didn't feel ripped off when we paid a modest bill for what we received.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

I read the reviews for the Waihi area and this one hands down had consistently great feedback! When we rocked up I was a little tentative as it was nothing like what I was expecting - a cafe on the end of a factory building...in the middle of nowhere, or so it seemed. It was the amount of cars in the car park for a week day at the beach that made me go in! I am so glad I did ! The service was so friendly and Jo was awesome as front of house - she explained everything and gave us a nice outside bar leaner with the coolest cow hide bar stools! ' All I can say was what a menu ..... We found it hard to choose but in the end we ordered miso mushrooms and definitely the best burger I have ever eaten (and that is a fair few) We will be back with bells on!! Thanks TeamMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 August 2023

We’ve been coming to the Surf Shack for a couple years and without fail it’s always super delicious, beautifully presented and the folks behind the counter are wonderful. If you’re looking for a spot to grab brunch or a coffee, you’ll be hard pressed to...find somewhere with better variety and presentation. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

The ideal spot to enjoy a great breakfast or for that fact any meal, rate it highly and am a die hard customer! Friendly management and team make experience well worth the visit! Rate the best in the area! Try and enjoy!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023

We were recommended this eatery by the owner of the accommodation we were staying at. Arriving at after 1.30pm and the kitchen closing at 2pm, we were not too late for a light lunch. Food came out on a warm plate, which was great to...keep it hot. Location had plenty of parking and visually a relaxing environment to enable a casual lunch. Highly recommend this eater.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 3 March 2023 via mobile

My first visit to NZ, and my first trip to the surf shack. What an amazing burger they serve. Just as it is no frills. Good portion and great service. It was well worth the 3000mile trip

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 24 February 2023 via mobile

We had such a good experience today! Food was amazing, especially the banana bread - I think it’s the best one I’ve ever had 🤤 We were given great service and felt really welcome here. Thanks for having us Surf Shack, we will be back!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 25 January 2023 via mobile

We just had lunch at The Surf Shack and were amazed by the friendly service and fabulous food. Great venue with food options to suit the whole family. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2023
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SURF SHACK EATERY, Waihi Beach - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Surf Shack Eatery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5