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Cafe in the heart of Paeroa.
Serving Allpress coffee and meals all made on site.
Along with many delicious cakes and slices.
Vegan, gluten free & vegetarian options all available.
Karangahake residents Jesse and Adele Harris-Ellis have been serving up their irresistibly tasty and wholesome homemade food and coffee to locals and travellers at their Paeroa cafe for a little more than 10 years.
The aptly named Courtyard Cafe & Delicatessen
is located in the middle of town and features a large covered courtyard space offering a casual dining experience away from the noise of the street. They pride themselves on their quality menu with freshly made cabinet treats which include favourites such as their caramel slice and raspberry muffins.
Having a young family has meant the pair work very hard, but Jesse and Adele enjoy running their own business and love that it gives them the freedom to guide their working day to fit their lifestyle. "With the support of some great staff, we have managed to achieve what we think is a great work/life balance". That balance enables them the time to be regularly involved in their children's school as well as community markets on occasion.
The cafe has had its share of challenges over the years, including renovations into the larger, more practical space six years ago. "It was important to make changes in order to future proof the cafe and also to stay within health code regulations. Now we are pretty happy with the space and all that we provide food and service wise. We love that we have had so much local support which has enabled us to continue our dream."
"It is a great time to be in business at the moment. If you are thinking of starting your own business, there is a lot of support that hasn’t been available at this level before (for example, the number of Central Government funds) and people keenly supporting locals in business. Take the jump and follow your dreams!"
The couples favourite thing about living and working in the Hauraki District is the people. They love being so central to everywhere and love living in the beautiful Karangahake Gorge. "It can't get much better that this!"
Make sure you head to their facebook page and offer your support by liking, following or sharing posts from our local shops. Better still, head on down, say hi and get yourself caffeinated with a hot Allpress coffee and fuel yourself with one of their moreish treats... you won't regret it!
Authentic sushi freshly made everyday
Dine in or take away
Hauraki is proudly home to an extensive variety of ethnic inspired eats to explore and enjoy.
Joy Sushi at Waihi, is an authentic specialist sushi shop, originally opened in 2010 before being bought by Waihi local Edward Choi and his wife Esther in 2012.
Open on Rosemont Road (next to Kiwibank) five days a week, the hard working duo are at the shop as early as 4 am to start the daily food preparation. Rice cookers go on and fresh produce prepared. With a focus on freshly made, an extensive array of sushi classics and selected 'hot lunch' menu board options are on offer, making it easy to see why Joy Sushi have become a staple lunch and go-to caterers for locals all year round. More than just 'raw fish' as some may perceive, the range includes both chicken and vegetarian options.
Having moved to Waihi from Hamilton, Edward previously spent his time working with a crime prevention team in the city, but looking for somewhere new to settle, the family were drawn to Waihi for the welcoming community atmosphere and stunning environment.
"It is so beautiful here. People are so kind and accepting, with genuine hearts like we never experienced in the city. Our neighbour's were very generous when we first arrived... and following lockdown the community were beyond supportive, enough to bring tears to our eyes! We are very grateful."
Parents to two boys, Edward and Esther are keenly involved in the community and an eager supporters of local schools wherever he is able - often supplying vouchers for fundraisers & prizes for local promotions. Joy Sushi also supply special lunch orders for several of the local schools.
"Being in business can be very hard work but we do it together and have no regrets about our move to a small town. We thank the community and those who continue to be very supportive of our venture. We look forward to and appreciate the daily conversation with our customers."
Joy Sushi is currently open Monday to Friday, for dine in or take out so make sure you pop in and say hi!
The Winery and Restaurant are couched in a native bush and formal garden setting above the Ohinemuri River.
A 160m track leads from the Hauraki Rail Trail to the Cellar Door, making the Estate a great place to stop and "Rest & Refresh" after a long drive or hard peddle!
11am - 5pm: Monday & Wednesday
11am - 9pm: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9.30am - 9pm: Saturday
The Ohinemuri Club offers a range of facilities to meet your needs and provide you with entertainment.
From bar and restaurant, to TAB and gaming machines. Sport on the big screen, or 8-ball, snooker and darts. It's all here for you to enjoy.
Our convenient location and friendly staff make the Ohinemuri Club an enjoyable experience for members and visitors alike.
10am -5pm: Tuesday - Friday
10am - 3pm: Saturday
Providence Pantry It is a place where delicious and nutritious foods are created, using fresh and flavoursome ingredients. All our food is made on site with love by our talented Chef Rensha and her team. Our foods include gourmet pies, super salads, soups and other easy to eat meals. For the sweet tooth there is an array of extra-ordinarily decadent slices, cakes, muffins and scones. In addition to this we also provide a wonderful range of prepared bistro style dinners for purchase to heat and eat at home for the ultimate “dine in” at home experience.
Add to the fresh made foods Providence Pantry is also stockists of some of New Zealand’s best cheeses; including Mercer and Little River, Buffalo Clevedon products, along with speciality and unique imported food items from the likes of Sabato. To finish this delectable shop visit we offer the ever necessary and essential cup of coffee to take out with you as you go.
Bonum Cibum!– Good Food!
Teamwork makes the Dream work in the Heart of Hauraki.
A step closer to achieving their goals, local couple Simon and Sarah Sheehy have recently opened a new Cafe-Restaurant,
The Public Office on Ngatea’s main street. With positive reviews rolling in steadily, it’s fast becoming the latest dining hotspot on ‘The Plains’.
The young couple were eager to leave behind a more corporate lifestyle (Sarah being an ex Fonterra employee) in trade for a different challenge, and a “chance to take control of our own destiny”, Sarah says. Their first business
Orchard Providores was born in 2017 providing a fully mobile, event and function caterer to cover to Hauraki, the Coromandel Peninsula, the greater Waikato.
They had already expanded into ready-to-eat delivered meals, but enterprising Simon and Sarah didn’t want to stop there.
Demonstrating a desire for growth in their business alongside their passion for simple food done well, The Public Office is a somewhat natural evolution from OP, as Simon and Sarah identified a massive gap in the local market particularly for evening dining. With the prep all sorted, which included significant renovations and the development of a menu, they are stoked, and somewhat relieved to finally have the doors open.
So whether you are local, visiting for the day or here to stay and play, The Public Office makes the perfect re-fuel spot, right in the heart of Hauraki. Meanwhile, share the love and prep your appetite by popping over to their Facebook for drool worthy foodie pics and insightful customer reviews.
8am - 6.30pm : Monday - Thursday
8am - 8pm: Friday - Saturday
8am - 6.30pm : Sunday
True “Kiwi As” Dairy, General Store, Cafe and Takeaway, from which we’ve served up many a “mean as feed” with a bit of good old kiwi banter to boot!
You can have your coffee or meal at the store or enjoy takeaways on Whiritoa Beach, just across the road.
Sitting relaxed on the front deck of Whiritoa General Store & Cafe, looking out at simply stunning ocean views, owner Bronwyn Majoor is simply loving life in Whiritoa.
Friendly banter back and forth with both customers and passersby is a testimony to how well she has settled into life in the seaside village.
Neighbour (and local celebrity) Dave crossed the road to chat, "What Bronwyn has done here, is bring the community together at Whiritoa, the store has become a hub for us locals. She organised a Christmas Party where locals came in for a meal together; she gifted so much community spirit! Plus Whiritoa now has the best burgers hands down. We love our Bronwyn!"
The move from Auckland in October 2018 was a sudden but easy decision to make for the former PA. Her first visit to Whiritoa one weekend led to an opportunity to purchase the former 'Daisychain Cafe' and just eight weeks later, she was the proud new owner. Bronwyn threw herself wholeheartedly into the renamed Whiritoa General Store in time to hit the ground running for Labour Weekend.
Following discussions with chef friends, a full kitchen remodel took place, as well as a menu revamp of the classic burgers & takeaways. Burgers renamed to iconic NZ catch phrases like 'Chur' and 'Beached As' added some of Bronwyn's quirky personality. Small touches like changing to brioche burger buns, using genuine free range eggs and taking the time to source fresh fish and produce have been well received by customers. She also offers an out-catering service for small local functions, morning teas and meetings.
Store shelves have been extended to include more grocery lines including daily essentials for locals, which was a godsend through the 2020 lockdown. "With quite a few vulnerable and elderly in our village we arranged no contact deliveries to them and store collection of grocery items for others. It kept us going through a tough time. The community have just been amazing with their support, they've truly welcomed me."
Bronwyn's journey has had its share of challenges but her persistence has paid off. Her advice to those considering taking the leap into business, "Think it through, don't rush yourself. Take time to formulate a business plan first and most importantly, take the time to execute it. Work out your processes, implement them, be open to feedback and let people help you!"
She now employs two qualified chefs and at peak times, employs up to ten staff who she wouldn't be without. Her daughter spent a summer here working and her grandson helps out in the holidays and they love spending time here. "It's truly such a beautiful place to be, (here in Whiritoa). Locals are friendly and supportive of each other. They're happy to give advice to visitors on what to see and where to go in our little slice of paradise. It's amazing how many visitors we get (even as close as from Waihi) who just didn't know we were here!"
So why stand in a queue, when you can order ahead and enjoy your burger with a view! Whiritoa, it's worth the short drive! Head over the hill this weekend, say hi to Bronwyn and find your happy place on the sand at Whiritoa.
The Charlie Grace mobile bar is a beautiful way to bring that extra bit of special something to your event. Many special events take place out in the beautiful outdoors and often in remote locations.
Choosing a mobile bar service can be the answer to making your event work with style.
Also fully equipped with espresso machine, we also love to partake in community coffee events.
Servicing weddings, birthdays, corporate, and coffee occasions.
12pm - 8.30pm: Tuesday - Sunday
At Old Mates, we make all our own pizza bases and focaccia breads, by hand, the old fashioned way, fresh daily.
We make gourmet, pizzas and pastas from scratch, as well as a range of other delicious sides.
Be sure to check out our meal deals, for some great value options to feed the whole family!
9am - 1.30pm : Monday
9am - 2.30pm : Tuesday to Friday
9.30am - 12.30pm: Saturday
Closed : Sunday
We create delicious platters for all occasions, from staff meetings to hen's parties. We can make your platter on site or a delivery box option is available. Platters come in a range of sizes to suit your needs.
Kia ora I am Stacey and Waihi is my home. I was born in Australia from 2 Waihi locals. When I was 9 we moved back to Waihi and it's been hard to leave ever since.
I went to University and got a degree in teaching, yet I still couldn't leave properly as I taught at Karangahake Primary School (while living in Pukekohe).
Now a mother of 3 kids, we've moved back home properly! And this is where this crazy platter idea came from.
I love food, anyone who knows me can vouch for that! And I love entertaining! So why not bring the 2 together and share this crazy idea with others through delicious platters.
For Stacey Anaru-Bolderston, owner of Waihi delicatessen The Platter Board, her business vision centers around community. With the motto “graze together”, she is all about bringing people together over food. "It’s cultural, it's community, bonding, grieving, being happy, solving the world’s problems!"
And it has become the secret to her success as her customised platters, lunchtime buddha bowls and grazing tables have grown in popularity.
If you're passing by, she also makes a great cup of coffee!
Always interested in being self employed, mum of three, Stacey created the business from home in 2018 before moving into her Rosemont Road (Waihi) shop in 2019.
"When you start a business there has to be a vision for growth or what’s the point?
Having attainable goals, setting boundaries for yourself (to maintain work life balance) and being open to change is what has kept us going. The Platter Board is always growing and changing to meet our client needs."
Planning is already underway for the next stage of the stores journey, with all being revealed at the end of July.
Originally from Waihi, Stacey who had been living in Pukekohe with her husband relocated back to Hauraki (with their children) five years ago. "We love this place! I had been teaching at Karangahake School and commuting from Pukekohe, but it wasn't easy with a young family.
We loved the school which our children also attend, the amazing people we've met in the community and my family history all connect to the district - so the relocation was a no brainer. We have the best of both worlds, living so close to the beach and the beautiful Coromandel ranges but an hours drive to the city."
Stacey has been overwhelmed by the incredible people she has been able to meet through her work. "I love that we are able to help bring people together by creating our platters.
We have been a part of so many different occasions from weddings to birthdays, funerals to engagements and date nights!"
She has appreciated support from the local business community, particularly her shop neighbour's Andrew and Anne at Laughing Pottery and her right hand lady, Jenal.
"It's important to have people to bounce ideas off, to collaborate and support each other within our communities. It's about working together on a common goal, that's when we have our greatest successes. "
The Platter Board will be closing temporarily in the July school holidays and Stacey is looking forward to spending some quality family time. Not all fun and games though, the renovations originally intended to take place in March, will be completed too. With the temporary closure in mind, Stacey encourages you to plan ahead for your next special occasion or summer wedding and book your graze in advance to avoid disappointment. Smaller platters require less notice and can be ordered anytime.
Make sure you like and follow their Facebook page to stay up to date and watch out for the big reveal.