Dining in Golden Bay - Cafes and Restaurants


Golden Bay has a extensive variety of cafes and restaurants, with many of them situated in unique and interesting locations.  We can arrange transport from Adrift in Golden Bay to any of  the venues with a return to your accommodation later in the evening, contact Adrift in Golden Bay  to enquire.  See the list below for where to eat and drink in Golden Bay


 Takaka Restaurant, The Roots BarGolden Bay Cafe The Mussel InnCafe Takaka The Brigand


Towards Takaka & beyond:


The Mussel Inn Café, Bar and Brewery

Location: 3 km from Adrift, toward Takaka.

Famous throughout New Zealand. Winner of numerous awards for its home brewed beer and for its conservation efforts. Simple but good food, unique atmosphere. Best time for evening dining probably 6pm to 8 pm, no bookings taken or needed. Regular live music. (from 8 or 9pm). Open seven days a week. 11am till late. www.musselinn.co.nz - Ph 03 525 9241.


Dangerous Kitchen

Location: Takaka main street

Brick oven gourmet pizzas, burritos, coffees, cakes and counter food. Good selection of gluten-free food.

Ph 03 525 8686.


The Roots Bar

Location: Takaka main street

Gourmet wild burgers and curries.

Open 7 days, Monday: 4pm-late, Tuesday-Sunday: 11am till late. Ph 03 525 9592


Wholemeal Café

Location: Takaka (in the centre of town on left).

Now the oldest original café in the South Island. Ph 03 525 9426.


The Brigand Café

Location: Takaka main street

Open 7 days, 11am till late. Ph 03 525 9636


Manna, Organic Indian Take-aways

Location: Takaka, behind the Organic Shop

Authentic, seasonal, gluten and sugar-free Indian cuisine made from scratch. Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch (10am-2pm) and dinner (5pm-8pm).  Ph 021 500 870


Takaka Infusion, Tea House and Bakery

Location: Takaka main street, next to the cinema.

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. For tea enthusiasts and connoisseurs of fine bread and baking. Daytime only. Ph 03 525 7294


De-lish Delicatessen

Location: Takaka main street

Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items. 03 5257 111


Dancing Sands Distillery

Location: In the heart of Takaka, on the left down a small laneway next to the Wholemeal Cafe.

Doesn’t serve food but this is unusual enough to be included here. A boutique range of spirits.


Kiwi Spirit Distillery

Location: Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara 

Again doesn’t serve food but this is unusual enough to be included here. A boutique range of spirits  and tequila from locally grown agave .


The Gumboot and Morepork, Cafe & Bistro

Location: Takaka main street

Open Monday-Friday, early-9pm. Ph 03 525 7441


The Courtyard Cafe

Location: Takaka

Thai cuisine and take-aways. Ph 525 8681


Totally Roasted Café and Coffee Roastery

Location: Pohara

A coffee house, roastery and gallery. Hand roasted, fair trade, organic coffee. Open daytime hours. Ph 03 525 9396


Plan B Café and Bar

Location: Pohara

Open 7 days during summer. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday off season. Ph 03 525 7678


Penguin Cafe & Bar


Open 7 days during summer. Weekdays from 11am, weekends from 10am. Closed Mondays off season. Ph 03 525 6126


Sans Souci Inn

Location: Pohara

European cuisine in atmospheric Mediterranean surroundings. Set daily menu. Bookings essential (before 3pm). Closed during off-season. Ph 03 525 8663.

Ratanui Lodge

Location: Pohara

3 course set dinner menu from 6-8pm. Bookings essential by 12 noon on the day. Ph 03 525 7998


Totos Cafe

Location: Wainui (next to Abel Tasman National Park)

Wood-fired pizzas, coffee and other refreshments. Fully licensed. Open every day except Friday, from 10am during summer. Open weekends only off-season. Ph 03 970 7934


Anatoki Salmon Farm and Café

Location: Kotinga (turn right 2 km past Takaka, heading toward Nelson)

Eat and catch your own salmon. They will smoke and even vacuum pack your catch. Salmon sales. Fully licensed café serving a small selection of salmon-based meals. Free entry. Open 7 days. Closed Christmas Day only. Ph 03 525 7251 www.anatokisalmon.co.nz



Collingwood & beyond:


The Courthouse Cafe

Location: Collingwood

Open 6 days, 8am-4pm. Closed Wednesday. Ph 03 524 8194


Collingwood Tavern

Location: Collingwood main street.

Bistro food and take-aways. Ph 03 524 8160


The Old School Cafe


Wednesday-Friday: 4pm-late, Saturday & Sunday: 11am-late. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Ph 03 524 8457


Farewell Spit Café

Location: base of Farewell Spit

Stunning panoramic views. Open 6 days, 9am – 5pm. Closed Wednesdays. Ph 03 524 8454


Naked Possum Café

Location: Kaituna. Drive to the road junction just before Collingwood, turn left toward Bainham. Open Thursday – Monday 10am-4pm. Evening dining Fridays until 10pm. Ph 03 524 8433


During the winter season, some establishments may have reduced hours of business or be closed, please check if you are concerned to avoid disappointment.


For our guests wanting to self-cater in the well equipped kitchens (cottages only), or on the barbecues provided with each room, there is a large, well stocked "Fresh Choice" supermarket in Takaka which is open 7 days a week (until 8pm during the summer), which you will pass by on the drive to arrive at Adrift in Golden Bay.