Whare Waka Café

All day licensed café

Whare Waka Café is fully licensed and set in the heart of the Treaty Grounds. The café offers the perfect location to enjoy a coffee or stop for breakfast or lunch during your visit to the grounds. Enjoy a delicious meal from a wide selection of cabinet and a la carte options while you soak up the relaxing setting, surrounded by ferns and native trees and overlooking the waka taua (ceremonial war canoe), across to Paihia and out to the Pacific Ocean.

During the warmer months (October to April), Whare Waka café also offers a highly acclaimed traditional Māori hāngi dinner on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

Relaxed dining, daily from 9am - 2pm


Whare Waka Café offers a range of great dishes, celebrating typical New Zealand cuisine. There are home-made pies, tasty sandwiches and savouries, and fresh-baked sweet and savoury scones, as well as an excellent a la carte menu.

With great quality coffee, Whare Waka Café is the perfect spot to take time out and enjoy comfortable and relaxed indoor or outdoor dining and great service from our friendly team. Being fully licensed, Whare Waka Café is a scenic backdrop for a glass of beer or wine on a sunny Northland afternoon. The cafe is open every day from 9am – 2pm for the winter.

If you’re looking for a relaxing café near Paihia to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch, remember Whare Waka Café is also open to the public (not just those visiting the Treaty Grounds). Whare Waka Café is available to hire for wedding receptions and events throughout the year, with a range of catering options to suit all occasions.

To book a table at Whare Waka Café or enquire about hiring the space for a function, please contact us using the details below.


P. (09) 402 7437 ext. 252
E. wharewakacafe@waitangi.org.nz