Just twenty minutes outside of Whitianga is a lovely café surrounded by gardens, nestled into the lush Coromandel hills. My wife and I enjoyed lunch in the warmth of a wood fire. My lamb pie was superb and my wife devoured a luscious egg and bacon pie. The coffee was excellent and unfortunately my wife reminded me of my diet as I lingered over the display case and its amazing selection of homemade pies, cakes and tarts. If you are heading into Whitianga stop here rather than travelling on as there is nothing in Whitianga that can come close to this fabulous spot. If gifts are your thing don't expect the typical tourist crap that adorns shelves in coastal areas. Colenso boasts some of the best of seen. They also serve beer and wine and I'm told are planning a garden bar in the near future.