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Blessed with bountiful lands, Tairāwhiti is home to incredible dining experiences made to be shared.

From country cafes to coastal pubs, gather friends and family round the table and enjoy the good life together.

 

Te Puka Tavern in Tokomaru Bay

Cosy, casual and absolute beachfront with million-dollar views, Te Puka Tavern is a hidden gem perfect for a day trip with the whānau. Located about a 1.5 hr drive north of Gisborne in Tokomaru Bay, this is where you come to experience a taste of authentic East Coast hospitality. An iconic landmark, Te Puka Tavern has been ‘hosting the coast since 1873’. Get together and enjoy a feast for all your senses with indoor and outdoor seating available to take in the epic views as you enjoy some delicious kiwi tucker with popular faves including the Big Coast Breaky, the Kahuna Burger or Fish n Chips. A café, bar and accommodation provider all in one spectacular setting, Te Puka Tavern is a family-friendly and unique destination to discover.

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Gisborne Tatapouri Fishing Club

Often buzzing with boats returning from a day out at sea, the Gisborne Tatapouri Fishing Club is a relaxed and friendly gathering place for mates and family. Open to club members and their guests, the Gisborne Tatapouri Fishing Club is a warm, inviting social club that celebrates the history and recreational popularity of fishing in the region.  Situated harbour side along the marina, you can watch the boats roll in with a cold beverage and hot meal in hand – with quite possibly the best fish burgers in town.

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The Royal, Raglan Roast Matawhero

Just a ten-minute drive out of town, bring the whānau for a wee outing to The Royal, Raglan Roast in Matawhero, at the crossroads of State Highway 35 and State Highway 2. A meeting point for friends and family to gather and share some great food and seriously good coffee. Children love discovering the ‘Narnia Closet’ that leads them through a secret passageway to the outside play area. The fenced-off grounds also wins extra bonus points for Mums and Dads. Gourmet pork and apple burgers, chicken waffles, superb salads and vegetarian meals, there’s something for everyone to tuck into at The Royal. With plenty of parking available, you can even bring your pooch along at this dog-friendly establishment so it’s really all about a family affair.

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Broad Bills Food Trailer at Tolaga Bay

What’s the perfect motivation for a treat after Cooks Cove Walkway? Melt in your mouth, hot out of the oven pizzas from Broad Bills, Uawa of course. So good that even the littlies will charge up the walkway to refuel after the beautiful excursion out through sweeping farmland, stunning native bush, and the panoramic vistas of the vast Pacific Ocean. Popular menu items also include hot chips, coffee, ice creams, smoothies, and milkshakes that the whole family can enjoy in a fun and relaxed environment. There’s also plenty of games to play and green open space for the kids to run around freely. And with the legendary Tolaga Bay wharf just a stone’s throw away, you could round up the family to walk the length of New Zealand’s longest wharf. Because as the saying goes – do the mahi, get the treats.

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Gisborne Farmers Market

Always a hit with families, you can’t go wrong at the Gisborne Farmers Market. From tots to teens, nanas and poppas, there’s a beautiful sense of community here where growers, makers, bakers, and creators gather to share their bounty. Come rain or shine, the Gisborne Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning at the old Army Hall carpark in town at the end of Stout Street. Blooming bouquets, fresh-squeezed orange juice from the nearby orchards, locally grown macadamia nuts, artisan food and seasonal produce, it’s all here. Grab the ingredients for a family lunch or the makings of a scrumptious family picnic at the nearby Botanical Gardens.

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