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Serenity Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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Shop 6 | Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
+64 9-430 0841
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our drive south to Auckland and had coffee at this cafe. There was a great menu and the staff were cheerful, friendly and helpful. The iced coffee was to die for. Would highly recommend this cafe.

Thank Deborah J
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the smoked Hapuka on toast for breakfast. Popular for us locals as well as tourists. Fast service. A good menu choice.

Thank Lynette-Mike
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for a late lunch 2.15pm and admittedly we didnt check what time they closed 3pm. Our order was taken without any reference to closing so we didnt think to check as the place was busy. Sat down and drinks and food delivered very quickly and looked great. Started eating and relaxing - very pleasant until the staff started stacking... More 

Thank peppy2017
Auckland, New Zealand
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121 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

busy little spot good food mid range. sit outside and soak up the atmosphere on the front. no licence but lots of cold drinks and bottles of fresh water .

Thank Molzmum
Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Serenity Cafe is easily the best Cafe that we have found on our travels over the years. The menu covers all of the breakfast basics and they have lots of cabinet options, the service staff work like a well oiled machine and are friendly too. The food is great, the portions are huge without costing the earth and the coffee... More 

Thank cathavery
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have had breakfast here a few times now ...well every time we are in whangarei and the reason for that is this place is amazing value and has great food. I ordered an omelette and it could have fed both of us!! Great location too.

Thank Vik_and_Linz
Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Serenity is always busy but service does not take long. They are the best value in the basin. The chowder and nachos are delicious as well as their toasties. You can still hear the buskers music in the basin if you sit outside which adds to the atmosphere.

Thank traciegila
Whangarei, New Zealand
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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

We have been putting off coming to this waterfront cafe as it is always packed and bustling - after trying it I can see why! This was a lovely experience. You can sit inside or out, either would offer comfort, shelter, and pleasant views. The food was great, large portions for reasonable prices with a great selection of treats from... More 

Thank Emma B
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

At the hub. Perfect place for a coffee and scone before the bus. Prices OK. Family friendly. Nice outside seating. Pleasant outlook. Recommended.

Thank James R
New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

We met friends here at 1pm and the cafe was pumping. It has a good big menu full of classics and counter food. A lovely location by the river. Dishes themselves were rated 3,4 or 5 by our family with the chicken salad a bit standard but the beef nachos rating highly.

Thank Andie4321

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 6 | Whangarei Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-430 0841
We have indoor booth seating as well as tables for couples and tables for four. If you are a big family don't be shy to ask our friendly staff to join tables, we are more than happy to do that for you. Outside are more tables and seating with umbrellas for shade. A view of our Clock museum with flowers surrounding a huge sundial gives plenty to entertain visually while enjoying your meal. Tour buses regularly arrive not far from our doorstep with lots of parking and a big play area for children just around the corner. Feedback is essential for constant improvement which we welcome gladly. We hope you enjoy your meal, From all the staff at Serenity Cafe :)

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