After a long day exploring the Bay of Islands we arrived in Waipu at sunset. We'd be staying in the area that night but stopped over a little earlier for dinner and a spot of sunset watching. Cove Beach proved to be the perfect place for that.
The restaurant is quite easy to find, just put 'Cove Beach' in Google Maps and you'll find it. Before settling down at the Cove Café, we headed to the beach first.
Cove Beach was probably one of my favourite beaches of the whole New Zealand trip. Not only was it calm and beautiful, but it's also the perfect place to watch surfers catching some waves.
But the number one reason why I loved this beach is because it was covered in beautiful seashells. Ever since I was little, I've been collecting seashells from all over the world and bringing them home, and I've never really stopped doing it. So I went a little crazy here and collected more shells than I could carry!
SO. MANY. SHELLS. *hearteyes*
After stuffing our pockets with shells, we walked across the street to the cosy Cove Beach Café.
Since we'd seen fish & chip shops all over the place since we arrived at the Bay of Islands, we decided that we had to try the local fish, even if we'd be eating vegan most of the trip. I didn't want to restrict myself from trying new things, so fish & chips it was!
While we waited for our food, we watched the last drops of sun disappear behind the trees, while sipping on an ice cold glass of white New Zealand wine.
After a short wait, our food arrived. Super crunchy battered fish (grouper, I believe) which was really fresh and perfect with the homemade tartare sauce. The chips were a little too chunky for my taste but I guess went well with the meal. The side salad was the perfect flavour combo together with the fish.
Fish & chips is something I'd never order off a menu, but I knew I had to try it in New Zealand. And it definitely didn't disappoint! It's for sure not the lightest meal, so you could easily share this between two people and have something else from the menu.
I was also checking out the Brunch menu and it looked really good. The Cove Café is that kind of place where you could get a good meal all day long, and I wish we would have had more time to go back.. So if you try the brunch here, let me know how it was!
Cove Beach was one of the nicest stops on our trip around the North Island, and I definitely recommend doing the same when you're there! The restaurant doesn't have a website but you can find them here.