North Island Vegetarian & Vegan Eating Establishments 6


Aunty Mena Vegetarian Café

167 Cuba St, CBD

04 382 8288

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-9pm; Thur-Sat 11.30am-9.30pm; Sun 12pm-3.30pm

They say: “Aunty Mena’s serves a wide range of vegetarian and vegan food. Fresh and high quality produce ensures a pleasing dining experience.”

Goloka Vegetarian Restaurant

117 Taranaki St, CBD

04 801 8808

Opening hours: 7 days 4.30am-1pm; 4pm-8pm; Sunday feast 11.30am-2.30pm.

They say: “Krishna vegetarian restaurant in Te Aro, offering both buffet and take-out style meals.”

Higher Taste

Customhouse Quay, CBD

04 472 2233

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm

They say: “Run by volunteers who prepare the food as part of spiritual practice, Higher Taste is a true Hare Krishna dining experience with a fully vegetarian menu. Buffet, a la carte and snack options available.

Nature Vegetarian Restaurant

519 High St, Lower Hutt

04 560 4567

Opening hours: Tues-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30pm-9pm

They say: “A Malaysian menu that is exclusively vegetarian, and also offers a range of vegan options. Takeaway and dine-in available, with wonderful staff and lovely atmosphere.”


120 Riddiford St, Newtown

04 389 8100

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm; Sun 10am-4.30pm

They say: “Pranah Café offers wholesome non-processed vegetarian food, and has earned awards for its eco-conscious business style. They specialise in organic, free-range, fair-trade foods.

The Braahman

021 1181034

Opening hours: Fridays 5pm-10pm @ Wellington Night Market, Cuba St; Sundays 7am-2pm, Harbourside Market next to Te Papa.

They say: “Mobile food stall selling vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options like roti and curry wraps, masala dosa wraps and curry/rice/roti takeaway combo.


Chinese Healthy Vegetarian

148 Ward St, CBD

07 838 0805

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-3pm

They say: “Very cheap Chinese food can be found at this little restaurant. You can have a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet for $3-$5. An absolute bargain!”

La Commune Café

244 Victoria St, CBD

07 839 6448

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8am-5pm; Thu-Sat 8am-late; Sun 10am-3pm

They say: “La Commune café serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods. La Commune also specialises in amazing coffee. Enjoy all types of music and a relaxing communal atmosphere.”

Vegan Buffet

148 Ward St, CBD

07 838 0805

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-3.30pm; Fri 11am-7.30pm

They say: “A vegan buffet that provides a range of delicious foods and great value for money. Takeaways also available.”


The Herb Shack

24 Puckey Ave, Kaitaia

09 408 3017

Opening hours: Call for hours

They say: “Locally owned and operated café and herbal dispensary. Vegetarian, organic (mostly local produce) and gluten free food, a must for the health conscious or health curious person.”

Food Garden Vegetarian Café [SADLY NOW CLOSED]

1356 Cameron Rd, Greerton, Tauranga

07 578 1965

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3.30pm; Sat 8am-3pm

They say: “Food Garden is Tauranga’s only fully vegetarian café. It caters for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diners, with a focus on healthy, fresh food.”
We say: Average, at best. (GS) Gary Steel’s full review here.

Body Fuel

95 Walton St, Whangarei

09 438 6727

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm

They say: “Body Fuel is the only fresh salad bar in Whangarei. Choose from one of our daily read-made salads or build your own from our vast range of fresh greens, cheeses and roasted nuts.”


6 Vine St, Whangarei

09 438 9388

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday, 11am-2pm

They say: “Delicious Hari Krishna food made with love by the delightful staff in Gopal’s. Every day a different subji, vegan or veggie, pizza, samosa, pakora and for dessert halva, burfi or vegan ladhu.”

Truelife Takeaways

262 Ferguson St, Palmerston North

06 358 3630

Opening hours:

They say: “Specialises in creating tasty vegetarian and gluten-free food that you can take home to enjoy, or sit in for lunch.”

Wholefood Kitchen

45 Hastings St, Napier

06 835 8036

Opening hours:

They say: “The Wholefood Kitchen in Napier is attached to a vegetarian food store, and offers a fully vegetarian, organic, fair-trade menu with a number of salads and cakes on offer.”

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