Top 10 restaurants in Mapua, New Zealand

December 26, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Discover the best restaurant in Mapua, New Zealand including The Smokehouse, Jester House cafe, Golden Bear Brewing Company, Upper Moutere Store & Coffee Shop, Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar, Kahurangi Estate, Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe, Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe, The Grind Coffee Roasters, Moutere Inn
Things to do in Mapua

1. The Smokehouse

6 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner +64 3-540 2280
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

The Smokehouse

Takeaways & Deli on the historic Mapua Wharf. Our onsite takeaways are a Nelson favorite. Come and savour our delicious fish and chips while relaxing on the wharf where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Waimea Estuary. Or grab a cool drink from the local craft brewery where an easy going band is often playing in the courtyard. Additionally our onsite Deli showcases all our Smoked Salmon, Fish, Mussels and Pate. The Smokehouse experience is based on the concept of delicately hot smoking local seafood, using traditional brick kilns and natural manuka shavings. The whole process is overseen by our experienced smokers in a true balance of art and science. 100% Natural 100% Preservative Free

Reviewed By Daniel K

Partner was ordering pizza across the road at the wine bar and I was told we were allowed to eat fish and chips out front of the bar. Ordered a piece of snapper and half chips. Got three fillets of fish and too many chips to eat. Only negative is paying for the sauce.

2. Jester House cafe

320 Aporo Road | Tasman, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe, European, New Zealand, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$71 - HK$149 +64 3-526 6742
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

Jester House cafe

Reviewed By Bob and Di H - Nelson

Visiting this place continues to be something special. With its quirky features one wonders what next?. A visual surprise such as a toaster carved out of a tree stump complete with its levers and a slice of toast greets visitors on arrival. There are similar quirky devices to amuse children too, not to forget the tame eels.
However the realism is the amazing and ongoing hospitality offered together with the array of outdoor dining choices. And a feature of superb local produce truly served to perfection. This writer remains in awe as to where such amazing and delightful staff are found. No matter how busy they are the service is always there with a smile. We do love visiting this place it's always such a joy.

3. Golden Bear Brewing Company

12 Aranui Road, Mapua 7005, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Bar, Pub Drinks
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Golden Bear Brewing Company

Reviewed By hlmackenzie - London, United Kingdom

I stopped off here half way through my ride on the Great Taste Trail. They only serve their own brewed beers and cider and offer a menu of mexican food and the standard burgers. I had a chicken burrito, which was delicious and a pint of the house lager. It was reasonably priced and served relatively quickly. I had a table outside in the partial shade and left just as the live music was starting. It's a busy place with a great ambiance, one of the more informal places on the Wharf.

4. Upper Moutere Store & Coffee Shop

Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere, Mapua, New Zealand Cafe
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Upper Moutere Store & Coffee Shop

Reviewed By kiwisolargal - Nelson, New Zealand

Upper Moutere Store is in a picturesque village that also has New Zealand's oldest pub. If you are driving out to Motueka, Kaiteriteri Beach or the Abel Tasman from Nelson take the inland route to Upper Moutere Store and return via the coastal route. Take some lovely photos and enjoy the rural views. Upper Moutere store sells just about everything you need including local wines, beer and food. The Grocery store is extensive and the attached cafe offers great food and lovely coffee, tea, and cold drinks. The friendly staff and owners Sefton and Kris Ferrick will make you feel welcome. Definitely a taste of rural New Zealand and well worth the visit only 45 minutes from Nelson. Lots of wineries, potters, and artists abound in this gorgeous part of the country.

5. Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar

Mapua Wharf | Shed 1, Mapua, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Cafe, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +64 3-540 2028
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 581 reviews

Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Louise B - Wellington, New Zealand

The restaurant is very large - a bit barn like - but does have outside Seating. The food was very good but my lamb needed extra potatoes or such like. The fish was very good and more of a 'full meal'. Desserts were delicious but smaller than The Apple Shed's.

6. Kahurangi Estate

Sunrise Road | Rd 1, Upper Moutere, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff Wine Bar, Italian, Pizza Lunch +64 3-543 2983
Excellent
54%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Kahurangi Estate

Reviewed By Teale S - Brisbane, Australia

While most vineyards were closed over the winter months, we where delighted to find this estate open for tasting. Friendly hospitality & a great knowledge of their wines. We also tasted the Portuguese Ports which were amazing! We have some lovely reds & fantastic ports to join our collection back home.

7. Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe

5087 Motueka Valley Highway, Tasman, Mapua, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +64 3-522 4440
Excellent
31%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe

Reviewed By utripmeup - London, UK

We stopped here for a break going between Christchurch and Nelson/Motueka. The cafe sits at the intersection of both roads which lead to Motueka or Nelson and the road from Lewis Pass.
It's not as crowded as Murchison and is about an 50 minutes to Nelson/Motueka. No trucks stop here. Plus we found the cafes in Murchison average.
Coffee was good and the biscuit/slices very tasty.
Toilets are modern and clean.
Ample car parking behind the cafe.

8. Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe

42 Eggers Road, Upper Moutere, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$196 +64 3-543 2288
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe

Moutere Hills is a boutique, family owned vineyard, restaurant and winery set in the picturesque Upper Moutere in the South Island of New Zealand. The restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked away in a private rural setting 2km from the Moutere Highway. There is an extensive dine-in menu and a range of stunning Moutere Hills wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Riesling. Locally made beer (currently Founders, Dales and Golden Bear) is also available on tap.

Reviewed By LesCheshire - Cheshire

We sat outside in the shade on a hot summer’s day in an attractive rural setting and enjoyed excellent food and wine. The service was good, the staff friendly and the vineyard owner personally conducted the complimentary wine tasting which is available to diners.
We shared a platter which was enough for the two of us and the ingredients were of high quality. The home-smoked fish was particularly delicious. For those with bigger appetites, other customers’ meals looked sizeable and were attractively presented.
This is as good a winery cafe as I have visited and more personal than larger scale wineries such as the Mission Estate in Napier which is one of my favourites.

9. The Grind Coffee Roasters

387 Aporo Road | Motueka, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Takeout Cafe +64 3-526 6275
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

The Grind Coffee Roasters

Reviewed By Dwayne C - Motueka, New Zealand

Can't beat the fresh-roasted coffee, whether you get beans or espresso, it is my choice for taking home and they'll grind small or large amounts into small or large grinds.
Depending who's doing the baristing varies the quality of the drinkable article, as always, but certainly is always top of the game from the mobile wagon.
One grind, no fuss, you'll like it or you won't.
Oh, and the cakes and pies are pretty good too.

10. Moutere Inn

1406 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere, Mapua 7175, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$173 +64 3-543 2759
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Moutere Inn

New Zealand's Oldest Pub in it's original building. Serving lovely seasonal meals, craft beer and all wines are sourced within 10km of the Inn.

Reviewed By Foxy-Froggy - Epsom, United Kingdom

We were recommended to visit this pub, the oldest in New Zealand (or so we were advised), for an evening meal, and weren’t disappointed.
The pub itself, built in 1850 and completed in 1853, looks like it hasn’t had much in way of a facelift during the intervening years, but the menu was interesting, and what we ate was delicious.
The staff here are exceptionally friendly, and made us feel very welcome. We were offered to taste the different ales before deciding which to select.
We elected to eat outdoors as the evening was pleasant, and service was good.
While the ambience, tables and settings were somewhat basic, the food made for this, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Full marks to the chef, and the folk that run this establishment!

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