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The places to be for food and drinks in the Bay of Islands

Welcome to the Bay of Islands! We’re sure you will enjoy your stay here in Northland. It is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations and that’s for good reason. Beautiful beaches, 144 pristine islands, the beautiful ocean and so many stunning natural sights, plus our region’s rich history and culture.

For dining out or partying the night away, you are also spoiled for choice. Here in the Bay of Islands, you’ll find some of the best food and drinks in New Zealand. If you have travelled to Paihia or Russell and are in the mood for a cheeky tipple and a great meal, we welcome you to visit one or all three of our awesome bars, gastropubs and restaurants.

From delicious seafood to the freshest vegetables and from botanical gins to locally made wines, you’ll find it all right here. Sister venues Tipsy Oyster, Bad Habits and Nauti Penguin have everything you want for a good night out in the Bay of Islands. With exceptional service from our awesome teams, you’re in for a night to remember.

Read more about each of the venues and see our menus below or see our Facebook pages to find out what each establishment has to offer.

food and drinks-Bay of Islands-Tipsy Oyster & Co
food and drinks-Bay of Islands-Tipsy Oyster & Co


Three awesome sister venues

food and drinks-Bay of Islands-Tipsy Oyster & Co
food and drinks-Bay of Islands-Tipsy Oyster & Co

Tipsy Oyster

Travellers and locals agree, Tipsy Oyster Tapas and Bar on Marsden Road in Paihia, New Zealand is where you want to be for epic food, amazing drinks and fantastic service. It’s fusion with flavours from all over the world, cooked to absolute perfection.

Bad Habits

We all have bad habits, but this one is a true Bay of Islands icon. You arguably won’t find a bar as cool as this anywhere else in New Zealand. You can pick up a bottle of your favourite tiple, choose some nice juicy steaks to cook at home from the butcher’s counter, sample local cheeses from the deli, or stay for a spectacular meal and perfectly prepared drinks at Bad Habits.

Nauti Penguin

On York Street in beautiful Russell, you’ll find this good old Kiwi pub. What’s done better than anywhere else at Nauti Penguin is the food, the drinks, and honest family fun. With a team that loves creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for everyone, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the friendly vibe.

The food, drinks and atmosphere could be your Bay of Islands highlight