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Parua Bay Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
+64 9-436 5856
23:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 23:30 - 22:00
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Parua Bay
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

for great views and brillant atmosphere there is no better place to visit, good pub food, casual dining, lots of parking a nice day out if you are planning a visit to Whangarei heads

Thank Gemknits J
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My last visit to Parua Bay Tavern, December 2016 was the latest of many visits over the last 35 years. While many changes have taken place within the Tavern, there remains overtones of the original atmosphere and the view has remained the same; tranquil and beautiful. The Resturant menu and Bar is top class and varied to cater to most... More 

Thank Pamela H
Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely meal outdoors with children on the lawn area. Service good, location just lovely by the water. Simple but enjoyable. Pizzas very nice,salt & pepper squid crispy & tasty & chicken salad with thin crispy kumera chips yummy! Will def go again! 👍

Thank WendyPoo
New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The tavern is all classic pub (pool tables etc) inside with the outside tables affording a gorgeous view over the Bay. It's pretty casual, grab a menu, order at the bar, then go find yourself a table. Given the level of self service the prices were quite high, with a burger or fish and chips coming in the mid $20s... More 

Thank Andie4321
Melbourne, Australia
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96 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cannot complain, beer was reasonable price, parking was at The front door. Beautiful view over the water.

Thank AustraliaPinball
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I feel it’s necessary to add to mostly great reviews here. Parua Bay Tavern has been a destination for me and my family for years. The location is incredibly charming, stunning views over the bay and the dramatic backdrop of the Whangarei Heads mountains. Parua Bay Tavern fish'n chips are legendary and deserve praise, but a bit pricey these days.... More 

Thank JohnNZeald
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In whangarei you cannot beat a beer on the pbt lawn in the sun. Amazing view and a real good vibe. This is where we take visitors. It's a must.

Thank Deftoneschris
Whangarei, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is always good. A relaxed , little upmarket, trendy wholesome food. All reasonably priced. Love the chips and salads. Steak is fabulous!! The view across the water - magnificent. Just wish the acoustics were better. Wonderful place. Highly recommend.

Thank Salyz44
Seasoned traveller from Devon
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265 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a real family pub with basic food on the waterside in Parua Bay, about 12Km from Whangarei. There's plenty of parking across the road ( take care as cars appear quickly on the corner) and once in the pub there's a variety of places to eat or just have a beer! A deck over the bay, on the... More 

Thank Chocky1948
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always great food, well priced and a vast menu catering well for the wee ones. Superb views across Parua Bay and sprawling lawns to relax on or if you prefer there are 2 decks; one fully enclosed. Pool tables and friendly staff. We visit this place every time we come up to see family and it is always consistent.

Thank NicSou

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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
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 21
Pizza, Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
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, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
23:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1034 Whangarei Heads Road | Parua Bay, Whangarei 0174, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-436 5856
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?