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 local Coaster secret.
Up and down the West Coast of New Zealand are mouth-watering feeding spots that are a well kept Coaster secret.
1. Snakebite Brewery
Where: Franz Josef Glacier.
Snakebite Brewery makes incredible all-day meals with Asian influences. The breakfast noodles are incredible, their lunchtime pho incredibly satisfying and their dumplings a must-have.
2. PR's Cafe
PR's Cafe is a family business offering generous portions for their meals. From pies, sandwiches through to calamari salad and pasta dishes, you will feel as though you are being treated to some home cooking after your travels.
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. Maruia Hot Springs
Where: Lewis Pass.
While Maruia Hot Springs is known for its natural mineral hot pools, stunning mountain views and luxury accommodation, it also boasts incredibly delicious and well-presented meals at its on-site restaurant. Breakfasts never looked so amazing and their dinners are works of art, all while being incredibly good for your body.
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. Vinnie's Cafe
There's just something about a double-stacked toasted sandwich that cannot be beaten, and the ones they serve up at Vinnie's Cafe in Karamea are a must-eat! They also serve as a live music venue.
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
A great vegan and gluten-free option on the West Coast that's creating quite a bit of buzz around its healthy, yet incredibly tasty 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 puffs 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.