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New Zealand restaurants with the most epic waterfront views

By Kathryn Chung

<em>The view from tītī</em>
The view from tītī
We eat with our eyes first, and when it comes to finding a feast of sea views we’re spoilt for choice with waterfront dining locations across the motu.

Nest Kitchen and Bar, Queenstown

If you haven’t already dined at Nest Kitchen and Bar, chances are you’ve seen the stunning Queenstown restaurant splashed across social media. A fantastic three-course set menu features highlights such as crispy pork terrine, miso-glazed market fish and decadent dark chocolate fondant.

Ki Māha, Waiheke Island


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It’s just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland to some of the best waterfront restaurant views in the country. Ki Māha on Waiheke Island is superbly located along Onetangi Beach. Enjoy sustainably harvested seafood and local wines while gazing out at sparkling ocean waters.

Ma Maison, Akaroa


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A hidden gem in the small seaside town of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, Ma Maison is a favourite among locals for summer dining. With courtyard views over the harbour, this restaurant matches its prime location with simple and fresh home-style food from brunch to dinner.

Charlotte’s Kitchen, Paihia


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Watch the boats cruise past as you enjoy a cold beer and handcrafted pizza at Charlotte’s Kitchen in Paihia. Nestled at the end of the wharf in the popular Bay of Islands town, this is a local institution with friendly service to match its fantastic fare.

tītī, Dunedin

The beautiful seaside vista is the cherry on top at tītī, an award-winning restaurant at Dunedin’s St Clair beach that impresses with its ever-evolving, inventive fare. Opt for the ‘Trust the Chef’ menu and let chef Hannes Bareiter take you on a culinary journey through contemporary dishes inspired by all things fresh, local and seasonal.


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