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Local cuisine, Quick Bites, Pizza, Seafood, Bar, New Zealand
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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.
US$6 - US$19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, New Zealand, Gastropub
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, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront
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Reviewed 16 May 2022 via mobile

As we we’re staying up the road in Pataua, thought we would check it out for dinner as the location looked great right on the water. We had passed earlier in the day and reserved a table for 3 at 6.30pm. When we returned for...dinner, place was pretty full already, lots of family groups. Our table was ready with menus. We ordered food and drinks at the bar, then returned to table. Food arrived within 5 minutes, super quick. Very tasty and well presented. We had the Med rare scotch filet with mushroom sauce and chips, salt and pepper squid, med pizza and chips, 3 drinks. Total was $94. Heaps more patrons on large tables arrived after us and were served just as quick. Obviously a well organised kitchen and bar, would recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 7 February 2022

We were a bit unlucky that when we went it was a windy evening with the odd shower so we could not sit outside. But inside still had good views out to the Whangarei Heads area. Staff very friendly and our waitress was very knowledgeable...about which meals were gluten free. We very much enjoyed our meals including an Italian pizza on a large gluten free base (at no extra cost). Good range of drinks at the bar.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 29 January 2022 via mobile

Pleasant evening meal on the deck at Parua Tavern. Staff were nice, service quick and food decent .. the salt and pepper was excellent, the pizzas were okay but sounded better than they were. Lovely big space, and could definitely see why its a favourite...with locals and travellers.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

Great staff/service. Great location and views. Good food. A regular local and must for when visitors come to stay xx

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 6 January 2022 via mobile

This place is awesome. Highly recommend. What a magic spot, the food is delicious & generous, and the staff are super friendly and attentive. 😊

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 27 December 2021 via mobile

PBT smashing out great meals and friendly service as always, my Northland fave. Good selection of tap beers and an unbeatable view with the tide in and boating stuff happening

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 11 December 2021 via mobile

What was a good reasonably priced middle of the road pub grub place has now priced itself right over the top, it is, after all just counter service, pub food now being sold @ midrange- to upper end restaurant prices. Sorry , we’ve been going...here for years but sadly it’s become too rich for my pocket. $30 for fish & chips!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 16 November 2021

Love the spot and food, but got really shafted by the restaurant when I made a large booking (confirmed) for my international visiting family of about 12 people for lunch. When we arrived at the Parua Bay Tavern, another large family fronted up just in...front of us, they hadn’t booked, so instead, they removed our table reserved booking sign and sat themselves down. I actually watched them remove the sign from the table. I told the waiter/owner what had happened, and unbelievably I was told there was nothing they could do about it, and told me to take my family outside to the grass BBQ eating area, and dine out there instead. End of story! Needless to say, I will never ever eat there again, or recommend Parua Bay Tavern to anyone, ever!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 10 November 2021 via mobile

Impromptu visit at lunch time . Very busy. Found space on table with a view. Service prompt and friendly. Ordered mixed seafood dish and Thai honey chicken salad. Both dishes very disappointing . All seafood tasteless and chicken in salad limp and tasteless. This has...always been a great place to eat with consistently excellent food so very disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 November 2021

Second visit didn't disappoint - very popular - a good sign Great welcome - value for money. Squeezed us in..

Date of visit: July 2021
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1 January 2022|
Response from DavidA11824 | Reviewed this property |
Hey sorry, I'm not so flash at responding to questions! Can't answer the doggo question so I'd advise giving them a call first.
Lexis A
29 December 2018|
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Response from DavidA11824 | Reviewed this property |
Try the Blue Heron motorcamp at Tamaterau and The Nook campground on the way out to the Heads. The nz motorcaravan club is also a good organisation for putting fellow caravaners/motorhome owners in touch with members that... More
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Parua Bay Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5