Where to Shop
Palm Beach Bungalows are self-catering accommodation. We supply a well-equipped kitchenette and facilities for making a cup of tea or coffee, but you will need to make sure you have provisions for your stay.
Palm Beach Store is within easy walking distance, and is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm in winter and 8am to 6.30pm in summer. The store is under new management and is now supplying good quality basics, including lovely artisan bread and baked items. They also do great coffee and toasties, if you fancy a simple breakfast at the beach.
Oneroa 4 Square or Waiheke Fruit & Vege are both on Oceanview Road, the main road through the village as you travel from the ferry to Palm Beach.
Raw at Waiheke, within walking distance, but you might prefer to taxi back, is in Putiki Road, Ostend. They have organic and gourmet supplies as well as fresh fruit and veges.
Countdown Supermarket – brand new, now located in the middle of Ostend village.
Open 7 days – 7am to 9pm (Accessible by bus from the Bungalows. Or walk there and taxi back).
They now offer delivery but please make sure you give clear instructions, including which Bungalow you are in, as we are not on-site to help with lost orders. You should also be aware that there is the danger that some of the wildlife will take an interest in your shopping, so the best option is to organise your delivery for a time when you know you will be there to receive it. There is also a service which delivers shopping to the wharf for a couple of hours in the afternoons – see Countdown’s website for details.
Te Matuku Bay Oysters now have a seafood shop in the Countdown complex.
Saturday market stalls (lots of food etc) are in the RSA grounds, Ostend. Saturday 8am-1.30ish
Ostend is being developed as a shopping hub for this part of the island so new shops and cafes are being added. The area is within walking distance (just!) of the Bungalows although you might prefer to catch a bus or taxi back if loaded down with shopping!
As well as the supermarket, vege shop and cafes, there are a couple of lovely homeware and gift stores – True Blue and Likerish (down the drive behind the little row of shops) – a chemist, a liquor barn and a surf shop.
Cafes and Restaurants
(It’s often a good idea to phone first for evening bookings, as hours/days vary – some are only seasonal and closed for Winter; quiet kitchens close before 8pm)
Within walking distance:
The lovely new Arcadia restaurant has opened at the bottom of Palm Road, near the beach. You can find menus here: https://www.arcadiawaiheke.com/
Booking is recommended, especially in the summer. They do offer takeaways – and breakfast!
Sadly, this does mean that the old Palm Beach Fish & Chips shop, which was flooded last winter, is no more. But Arcadia is a very nice replacement and fish & chips are still available, from The Oyster Inn, The Local or Vino Vino (all in Oneroa), Little Oneroa Beach Takeaway or Charley Farley’s in Onetangi.
Palm Beach Store is a great place to pick up a simple breakfast – really good coffee plus a toastie or Danish. They have a little seating area and a book swap (when you’ve finished your beach reading, just leave it in the cupboard and choose something else!). Or you can take your breakfast down to the beach and sit under the palms or stroll by the waves.
Waiheke Island Resort: Palm Beach Bar and Bistro 09 372 0011. Menus and bookings here: http://www.waihekeresort.co.nz/restaurant-bar
(Go to the crossroads of Palm Road and Hill Road, and look for Waiheke Island Resort, entrance on 4 Bay Rd )
Ostend village (20mins’ walk)
Cappadocia deli, Turkish food and great coffee. 7 Belgium Street, Ostend. This is very new, replacing Timbuktu which closed during the pandemic. They're open until 8.30pm but I recommend getting in early to get some of the delicious delicacies on offer. And the BEST Turkish delight! 09 972 2871
Cookhouse RSA – restaurant/bar 09 3722719
Franco’s European bakery – opp RSA 09 372 2414
Belgium Street café – breakfast/lunch/coffee 09 372 3373
Island Pizza and Burgers – affordable range of very nice pizzas and other takeaways. 15 Belgium St, open 11am to 9pm 09 212 5505
Surfdale (approx 3km)
Sing Tao takeaways 32 Belgium Street - classic Chinese takeaways and fish & chips. 09 372 6881
The Middle Restaurant is a mixture of pizza and curry! And is really in Surfdale (18 Hamilton Road) - a little further away than Ostend. This used to be Stefanos, and they still do deliveries. See their website for a better explanation of what's available. 09 372 5309
(delivery available) Pizza here used to be awesome – still is good but quite expensive. There is also a range of other Indian cuisine based food now. The tiramisu is amazing!
Home Bakery KiwiStyle 09 372 9949
Goldie Room Goldie Vineyard/lunch 09 372 7493
Malones’ Irish Tavern restaurant 09 372 8011
Kennedy Point Vineyard/lunch 09 372 5600
Ajadz authentic Indian cuisine/takeaway. Will deliver 09 372 2588
Cable Bay vineyard restaurant – another of our favourites, with informal and formal dining options 09 372 5889
Delight Mezze bar café seaviews 09 372 9035
Fenice Italian cuisine/fire .. seaviews 09 372 8711
Mudbrick Vineyard sea and city views, restaurant 09 372 9050 We recently dined in their more relaxed dining space, the Archive Bistro, and can thoroughly recommend it. On the evening we went (October 2019), we timed our visit for just before sunset, and had a table looking out over the beautiful garden, to the sea Auckland city, with the Waitakere Ranges as a backdrop. Really magical, and the food, wine and service were all perfect.
Little Wai food, coffee (below Wai Kitchen)
Oneroa Bowling Club restaurant 09 372 7180
Red Crab Thai Restaurant/takeways sea views 09 372 9185 We often pick up takeaways from these guys.
Rickys bar/cafe ..7 days sea views 09 372 2273
Sandbar bar/pizza(downstrs VinoVino) Sea views 09 372 9458
Solar Eatery & Bar seaviews. Lovely outdoor area, dog friendly, great beer. Another of our favourites. 09 372 2133
Spice café (on main street) 09 372 7659
The Bay @ Matiatia by wharf Seafront 09 372 8543
Vino Vino restaurant/bar/fire – sea view 09 372 9888
Wai Kitchen 1/149 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa 1081
09-372 7505 Great breakfast/lunch, food/coffee seaviews
Dragonfired pizza etc @ Little Oneroa beach (generally summer only)
Beachfront seafront cafe/bar 09 372 2565
Casita Miro -Vineyard/restaurant – one of our absolute favourites for evening dining. Probably just a little too far to walk…but only just! Interesting menu, without being too weird, and really unusual and beautiful setting. 09 372 7854
Charlie Farley –seafront Restaurant – probably our favourite for lunch on a day when we’re having a stroll on Onetangi beach! Dog friendly, but you have to sit outside. 09 3724106
GrubToGo – KiwiStyle pizza/takeaway 09 372 3166
Jesters Onetangi Vineyard 09 3721014
Margarita’s – Mexican – Saratoga Vineyard Estate 09 3726372
Nice Touch Golf Club café 09 372 3344
Stonyridge Vineyard/cafe 09 372 8822
The Shed (Te Motu Vineyard) restaurant 09 372 6884
Waiheke Golf Club cafe .. 09 372 3344
Wild On Waiheke -winery/Brewery. Amazing ginger beer, fun activities, lovely food platters, outdoor seating 09 3723434
Peacock Sky, Onetangi. Wine, lunch platters . 09 950 4386
Rocky Bay (7km)
Ridgeview restaurant/winer 09 372 3223
Te Whau Vineyard/restaurant 09 372 7191
Rocky Bay cafe – a wonderfully eccentric slice of real island life. Only open Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 1pm, but don’t leave it until near the end if you want the pick of their incredible home baking! Check their facebook page to confirm that they’re open, especially in the winter months.
Passage Rock Vineyard/café 09 372 7257
Salumeria italian bar/restaurant .. 09 372 2148
View East wine, lunch platters . 09 372 2717
Poderi Crisci al fresco dining highly recommended 09 372 2148
Man o War Vineyards. Fabulous for lunch if you have a little time and your own transport. www.manowarvineyards.co.nz/ Tasting room, lovely view.