Food With A View: The Cove Cafe

If you are heading north and want to take in the sights then head out to Waipu Cove and stop in at the idyllic Cove Café. Sitting snuggled against the hill directly across the road from the fabulous Waipu Cove Beach, it is the perfect back-drop to stop and take a moment.  

Owners Lloyd and Mike, left farming in the Waikato to pursue a change.They missed the fast pace of hospitality and quickly found the challenge they were looking for in an old over 100 year old café in Waipu Cove. First challenge was refurbishments. 

“We wanted the Café to have a welcoming feel and with its covered outdoor space, you can sit on the bench or dine comfortably overlooking the beach and watch the day go by.” The Cove was the first restaurant for the boys who have now opened another five within the last few years. Most days you will find them working alongside the staff, as they divide their time between all six of their restaurants. 

The Cove Café has become a favourite for locals and out of towners who drive the tourist road just to stop in. Waipu Cove is a small community but it has become Lloyd and Mike's home. “We could have moved anywhere as our restaurants are spread out all over Northland and Mount Maunganui but there is nowhere as beautiful as Waipu Cove.” 

“Our success is our staff! We have a fantastic team, from our Executive Chef Craig who oversees all of our restaurants and menus, to our managers and wait staff, who have been with us for many years. Passion for food and great customer service are the secret components,” explains Lloyd. 

With many options available from gluten free through to their vegan menu, The Cove is designed to meet everyone's needs. Whether you are just passing by to grab a coffee, walking the beach and want great fish and chips (everyone raves about the batter) or are coming in for a three-course meal, with an extensive wine list and maybe even a cocktail or mocktail or two.

910 Cove Road, Waipu

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