Kiwis are known for being passionate about their sports. Whether it’s in the middle of Auckland or in New Zealand’s countryside, it won’t be long before you find someone willing to have a long discussion of the last rugby match against Australia. In Island Bay it’s no different, which is why Island Bay Bar is there to provide a place to drink with mates and watch the important sporting matches live. There’s a fire place just below the flat-screen TV so that you can stay warm even during those chilly Kiwi winter evenings. And, if the game isn’t exciting enough for you, there are a couple of pool tables and a dart board.
Island Bay Bar, 134 The Parade, Island Bay, New Zealand, +64 4-383 6719
Brew’d is your classic local bar, except for the fact that it’s everything but classic. The old Italian furniture is artfully brought together in the gorgeous sun room, which again conflicts with the grungy brick work and street art. This intense mix of styles in the interior design is daring, but pulled off well. This restaurant and bar offers a list of typical pub food with which you’ll be encouraged by the enticing range of beers that garners the name ‘Brew’d.’
Brew’d, 163 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-383 8260
Goose Shack HQ
The décor reflects the name of this restaurant – the shack part, there aren’t any geese flying around. From the light fixtures to the bar stools, you probably wouldn’t expect much from the food, but this spot is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The food at Goose Shack HQ can be described very effectively in one word: exquisite. The local free-range seasonal ingredients are treated with the utmost respect and are crafted into delicious meals packed with flavour.
Goose Shack HQ, 461 Adelaide Rd, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-389 7171
The Bach Café
Can come down to this coastal café and taste some of the great food and in-house roasted coffee in this gorgeous setting – the perfect location for the perfect beach-side café. The Bach Café (pronounced: ‘batch’) is home to signature dishes such as the BBQ ribs, halloumi & falafel burger and caramel slice and is sure to have something to convince you that The Bach is your new favourite place.
The Bach Café, 410 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand, +64 4-383 5108
This hidden café is connected to the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club and is a first choice not only for lifesavers, swimmers and surfers but also other residents of Island Bay. As well as having fantastic views of the sea, and being located very close to the beach, Maranui Café also has delicious options for breakfast or lunch making it a great spot for an after swim bite. This is also a great place to come for a drink, but you might struggle to take your eyes of the incredible views from this café. After you’ve eaten, make sure you rest up before hitting those waves again.