Surfing fanatic and local chef (read “legend”) Shaun “Chook” Johnson serves up beach vibes, thirst-quenching beers and bao buns from his bright pink food truck perched on the water’s edge in Ngunguru. After taking on the day’s swell, recharge with his stacked pulled pork bao buns or his riff on the classic BLT – this one comes with red pepper salsa and houmous and sits on a pillowy Lebanese flatbread. Finish off with his booze-laced tiramisu.
1892 Ngunguru Road, Ngunguru 0173
A fusion of rustic and refined, this neighbourhood eatery on the marina serves up a menu on which everything is locally sourced or homegrown. Fish is line-caught, local and straight-from-the-boat fresh, with kaimoana (shellfish) being a speciality. Annika’s picks include the mussel and clam chowder and the flavourful lime-laced ceviche.
Marina Road, Whangarei 0173
Thought a fish and chip supper was exclusive to Brighton day trips and UK staycations? Think again. Swapping our cod and haddock for more exotic catches – regular picks include elephant fish, blue warehou, snapper and red cod – the Ngunguru Takeaways menu is a definite upgrade on your classic Friday-night fish and chips. Chill out on your picnic blanket and clink beers in satisfaction over a night well spent.
Ngunguru Road, Ngunguru 0173