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I am the river, the river is me
E rere kau mai te Āwanui, Mai i te Kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa. Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au.
Every month, we check out the five most popular local restaurants based on Trip Advisor reviews. For August, we have a fantastically diverse round-up of dining options. We’ve got you sorted for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Eating sushi al fresco in August? Why not? Japanese Kitchen WA is tucked down a charming covered alleyway that’s cosy all year round. Great service, a tasty and authentic menu and unique ambiance make this a longstanding favourite.
Picked by Lonely Planet as a contender for the North Island’s best burgers, The Citadel has been smashing it since opening in 2016. The heart of our seaside suburb of Castlecliff, the heated porch, piles of loaded chips and NZ craft beer selection will inspire a beach trip even in the winter.
Now to the other side of town! Our riverside suburb of Aramoho is the proud home of Caroline’s Boatshed Bar and Eatery. All-day gastro style dining, river views and a kid-friendly atmosphere makes this a favourite spot for families and groups. Ride your bike there via the riverside path from the CBD!
Truly the most Whanganui of Whanganui institutions: some variation of the Rutland Arms Inn has been in place at the corner of Victoria and Ridgway (NZ’s Most Beautiful St 2019!) since 1849. The restaurant leans into its history, with vintage photos lining the walls and classic pub grub on the menu. The Rutland also has one of the best craft beer tap lists in town.
Famous for its Raetihi pies, Kristy’s Cafe is open early and conveniently located on State Highway 3. Reviewers say Kristy’s has “Kiwiana and hospitality at its best” and “the best Big Breakfast I’ve ever had anywhere in NZ”. You can check out Kristy’s Cafe’s Facebook page to help you plan your delicious visit.