11 places you have to eat on the West Coast
Up and down the West Coast of New Zealand are mouth-watering feeding spots that are a well kept Coaster secret.
1. Rongo Dinner Bed & Breakfast
Rongo Dinner Bed & Breakfast is a very unique place to spend the night. This includes dinner and breakfast made from food grown right there on their farm.
They currently have a chef in their kitchen from Japan who is posting delicious looking meals on his Instagram under the handle @rongokitchen.
2. The Denniston Dog
The Denniston Dog has a wide range of food, from vegetarian through to Stonegrill steak.
3. Monteith's Brewing Company
Warm yourself by their massive fire, taste their wide range of beer, and make sure you try the fried chicken!
After your feed, go on a brewery tour. Monteith's Brewing Company is an iconic destination on the West Coast.
4. The Lifeboat
Go for something a little bit different for your caffeine fix. The Lifeboat can be found in the town square in Greymouth on Tainui Street.
It's hard to miss, it's the cafe that's built onto a lifeboat.
Treat yourself to Dutch coffee and stroopwaffels, heaven!
5. The Kingfisher Restaurant
A favourite spot with the locals, there's always something on at the Kingfisher Restaurant (part of Hotel Lake Brunner).
The venison pie is amazing and a must try on the Coast (if you're not a vegetarian). Enjoy while you take in the views across Lake Brunner, the largest lake on the West Coast and trout mecca.
6. Fat Pipi Pizzas
Three words: Whitebait on pizza.
Another local favourite, Fat Pipi Pizzas has added a Coaster twist to the Italian dish by making a Whitebait pizza!
They can also do half and half pizzas.
Their restaurant on Revell Street has a great atmosphere and their courtyard is perfect for those warm summer evenings.
7. The Hokitika Sandwich Company
Bottomless coffee. Gourmet sandwiches made with daily baked ciabatta bread and locally sourced ingredients. Jazz music playing in the background and a friendly owner who will make you feel like you're life-long friends.
Meat and vegetarian options available, our favourite sandwich is the Coaster (local free range runny fried eggs, prosciutto, aged cheddar, local butter, black pepper).
The Hokitika Sandwich Company has only been open since late 2017 and already it's a fast-growing local favourite.
8. Stations Inn Boutique Accommodation & Restaurant
An award winning restaurant for their beef and lamb, they have awards lining one entire wall!
Their winter menu is sublime, with beef hotpots, clam and bacon salads, pork belly, the list goes one.
You will not leave Stations Inn disappointed.
9. Gatherer Wholefoods Coffeehouse
Where: Hari Hari
A great vegan and gluten free option on the West Coast that's creating quite a bit of buzz around its food.
Gatherer Wholefoods Coffeehouse has a plant-rich whole foods focus. Using local or close to local and organic produce where possible.
10. King Tiger Restaurant
Where: Franz Josef.
Word on the street is this may be the best restaurant on the West Coast, but we'll leave that to you to decide!
King Tiger is smack bang in the middle of Franz Josef and offers Chinese, Indian and South East Asian cuisine.
From curry pufss to wontons, there's a lot of variety available.
Give their Indian set menu a try (available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian)!
11. The Craypot
Where: Jackson’s Bay, Haast
Super quirky spot to eat in Jackson's Bay (it's caravan style cafe), The Craypot is where you need to get your crayfish and whitebait fix from!
Afterall, Haast is whitebait country.
There's no better place to eat your seafood meal from, with incredible views over the bay.