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




The Mussel Inn Café, Bar and Brewery

Location: 2 km from Adrift, toward Takaka.

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 5pm to 8 pm, no bookings taken or needed. Regular live music. (from 8-9pm). Open seven days a week. 11am till late. Ph 03 525 9241 Take-aways can be ordered from outside www.musselinn.co.nz


In Takaka:

Wholemeal Café and Coffee Roastery

Location: Takaka main street

Daytime only. Now the oldest original café in the South Island. Big selection of counter food or order off the menu. Open Monday-Sunday 7:30am until 3pm. Ph 03 525 9426 Take-aways available www.wholemealcafe.co.nz


Dangerous Kitchen

Location: Takaka main street

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

Ph 03 525 8686


Dada Manifesto

Location: Takaka main street

Speakeasy lounge and restaurant. Wednesday & Thursday 3pm – late, Friday – Sunday 11am – late

Ph 03 525 6111 www.dadamanifesto.co.nz


The Roots Bar

Location: Takaka main street

Gourmet burgers and more with a focus on wild, free farmed meats and local/regional produce. Take-aways available. Open 7 days: 11am till late. Ph 03 525 9592 www.rootsbar.co.nz


O'Sha Thai Eatery

Location: Takaka main street

Authentic Thai. Dine-in, take-away or order online. Open Tuesday-Sundays 11:00 – 2:30pm and 4:30pm – 8:30pm. Ph 03 5256 117 www.oshathaieatery.com


De-lish Delicatessen

Location: Takaka main street

Weekdays from 6:30am. Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items. Take-aways available. Ph 03 5257 111


The Courtyard Cafe

Location: Takaka

Thai cuisine and take-aways. Ph 03 525 8681


Choco Loco/Fix on Friday

Location: Takaka

Award-winning handmade chocolates. Pastries/treats and coffee also available. “Fix on Friday” incredible pop-up French patisserie takes up residence on Fridays only. www.chocoloco.co.nz


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


Past Takaka, towards Abel Tasman:

Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

Location: Pohara

Restaurant open for breakfast and dinner 7 days (8am-10am and 4pm - close) Open for brunch and lunch Fridays - Sundays (11am – 2pm) . Ph 03 525 7998 ratanuilodge.com/menu


Kotare Sands

Location: Pohara

Restaurant & bar open Thursday – Sunday 12noon – 8pm. Ph 03 525 7678 www.kotaresands.co.nz/menu


And in the other direction, Collingwood & beyond:

The Courthouse Cafe

Location: Collingwood

Great brunch/lunch/coffee spot in the historical court house in Collingwood. Open daily, 8am-4pm. Take-away pizzas available Saturday nights from 5pm-7pm. Ph 03 524 8194 www.thecourthousecafecollingwood.com


Collingwood Tavern

Location: Collingwood main street.

Bistro food and take-aways. Ph 03 524 8160


The Old School Cafe

Location: Pakawau

Friday: 4pm-late, Saturday & Sunday: 11am-late. Ph 03 524 8457


Archway Cafe

Location: Wharariki Beach carpark

Quirky little outdoor café set amongst the trees next to the carpark at Wharariki Beach. Open over the summer season from 15th November until beginning of May, every day 9am – 5pm. Ph 03 524 807



We try our best to keep this information updated but open hours/days may change, so please call ahead to check to avoid disappointment. During the winter season, some businesses may have reduced hours or be closed.



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.