Outdoor Dining

Don’t let hunger keep you from enjoying the glorious Whanganui summertime. We’d got sunny spots aplenty at eateries with serious summer vibes.

Windermere Farms

Open only between Labour Day weekend and April/May, this is truly a summer icon. The farm is famous for its berries and you can buy or pick them from here. Berry pancakes for brunch beside the strawberry fields is an absolute summertime classic. Berry good ice cream available too.

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The Citadel Cafe

Summer and the beach go together like burgers and chips. If you’re enjoying the sun, sand and surf in Castlecliff, tack on a visit to the Citadel Café. Gourmet burgers, loaded chips and cold craft beers are on the menu.

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Maria Lane

This restaurant in a covered alleyway is the best of indoor dining that feels like outdoors (great on the occasional rain day). This is a super stylish spot with an ever-evolving menu and world-famous-in-Whanganui cocktails.

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Based out of a grand 1906 bank, Momiji is a casual Japanese restaurant. In the summer, they open up their big, Vic Ave adjacent courtyard. Sip a Sapporo in a frosty cold glass and split a sushi platter right in the heart of the city.

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Rutland Arms

The Rutland has been on this corner in some form or another since 1849, but don’t let its age fool you into thinking this is a fusty spot. One of the best craft beer taps in Whanganui are here, and the leafy back patio is absolutely perfect on a summer’s day.

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