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Helena Bay Cafe

1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
+64 9-433 9934
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“salmon bagel” (2 reviews)
“cake” (7 reviews)
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New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 26, 2017

Last day in New Zealand,so our friends brought us here for a last meal.. If you don't know where it is you might not find it. It is set on a mountain amid masses of greenery overlooking Helena Bay...what fabulous views. There is a cafe...More

Thank Brian A
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Ten visits to date. This cafe is one of the North's Greatest attractions. In my opinion the Gallery is one of the countries best. The staff here are lovely, though rather sadly, not a New Zealander in sight. Coffee is not good. Food is very...More

Thank Daniel F
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to break your journey on the winding coast road to Russell. We went here for an early lunch, which we really enjoyed on the patio looking down the valley to the bay. The view is v picturesque. The gardens are...More

Thank nick w
Reviewed March 1, 2017

About 13 kms from the main road, this cafe is well known and visited by lots of locals and tourists alike. When we were there on a Sunday it was packed, almost impossible to find parking. Highly priced art and restaurant - a Rolls Royce...More

Thank jobst56
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Initially we were delighted to stumble upon the cafe and gallery. Hadn't planned to stop there, but it was on our way and I recalled reading excellent reviews. Didin't catch the name of the order taker/server, but I hope for the owner's sake she was...More

4  Thank Loves2tstravel
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2017

Hi Loves2tstravel The cafe is now under new ownership and management. We would love to host you if you happen to be back in the area. If you do return and you are not satisfied please say something as I expect my staff to all...More

Reviewed February 14, 2017

The road trip to Russell is a long one...and finding this lovely spot to stop and take a break was a real treat. It's hard to tell from the road if it's worth stopping here, and i confess we nosed our car down the driveway...More

Thank vanfamAuckland
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Great service, fabulous food and views to die for. Great gardens to view, art gallery to look at but very expensive to buy and the dogs at the door a sight to behold.

1  Thank russle0
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Great views and gallery and gardens to walk around once you've had coffee etc. We've popped in here a few times as we holiday out this way. Although it's been a few years since we had a cooked meal here, we always find the coffee...More

1  Thank DCBAuckland
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

Awesome view and if you just go for coffee it might be ok.... had the pancakes it was cold and warmed up in the microwave, not fresh. The eggs and bacon was pathetic!!!!! We will not go there again.

4  Thank Andre V
Helenabaycafe, Owner at Helena Bay Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2017

Hi Andre V The Cafe is under new ownership and management and we would be delighted to host you again if you are in the area. You may find a bit of a difference! Regards Janet Pope

Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Absolutely stunning views from your table. Food is great, friendly staff. Defiantly worth a detour. Great gift shoo too

1  Thank breeanna43
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Beth P
July 9, 2017|
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Response from Helenabaycafe | Property representative |
Hi Beth, My apologies your afternoon was spoilt. I have changed Trip Advisor. Warm regards Janet Pope
July 30, 2016|
Response from Helenabaycafe | Property representative |
Hello, thank you very much for your inquiry. Unfortunately it only reached us today / Monday. Yes we are currently open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Looking forward to welcoming you in the cafe, Kind regards Julia... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $18
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1392 Russell Road | RD4 Hikurangi, Whangarei 0184, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-433 9934
  • E-mail
Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while taking in the stunning sea views or relax in our conservatory-style indoor area. Try our homemade slices and cakes. Reservations welcome. We are open from 9.30am -5pm daily with our kitchen open from 10am - 3pm for full meals and 3pm - 5pm with limited options.
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