We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Bay House

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
+64 3-789 4151
12:00 - 15:30
Closed now
All hours
Thu - Sun 12:00 - 15:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

180 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 167: English reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We wouldn't have found this lovely restaurant in Tauranga Bay had it not been for the enthusiastic recommendation of our hosts at Carters by the sea. It was well worth the search though - and very welcome after hiking the coastal walk between Foul Wind Bay lighthouse and the Tauranga Bay seal colony. The food was very tasty and featured... More 

Thank Trish09_7
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We read a trip advisor review and trundled down the coast to this little piece of paradise. Couldn't believe our luck, great service, beautiful food and a location second to none. We will definitely be back.

Thank Nicola W
Bologna, Italy
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Great food for a great spot . the outside table are on a beautiful view . the service was good.Dishes tasty and well presented. Price honest . high recommend

Thank bumbaba
Queenstown, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Went to The Bay House with a bunch of friends in Nov 2015. The weather was perfect and the setting at the Bay House is world class overlooking the beach at Tauranga Bay. From the get go the staff were engaging and welcoming and ready to show us true local hospitality. The food menu was delish and each coffee I... More 

Thank Brent O
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This place is situated right by Tauranga Bay not far from Cape Foulwind and about 15kms from Westport. Scenery is to amazingas you look out over the Bay. It's approximately 5 minutes drive from the seal colony or about a twenty minute walk. Cafe is a beautiful place to relax with friends and have a excellent lunch or just grab... More 

Thank Brenda S
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Have been here a couple of times with friends and family, such a beautiful spot. Lovely food, helpful staff and a great surrounding.

Thank Helen1467
Washington DC
Level Contributor
144 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I was with a group of 10 (with reservation, so there was no surprise to the restaurant). Every step took what seemed like hours: We waited a while until they took our order, but then starters and mains took unexcusably long to arrive. We wanted desserts but walked out because we didn't have another two hours to wait: dinner had... More 

Thank TechTraveller
Level Contributor
34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Having previously lived on the Coast, I've had the privileged of seeing T Bay at it's wildest/windiest/wettest but also on cloudless sunny days from the deck of the Bay House. The view from the deck and the restaurant keep me coming back every time I'm in town to visit old friends, or to show new friends around. The Bay House... More 

Thank Cara M
Guelph, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

The setting for this restaurant overlooking the sea is stunningly beautiful. We sat outside for cocktails, but the cool autumn evening drove us indoors for dinner. We had a birthday celebration dinner here, and the food was deliciously flavourful. It was one of the more memorable meals of our trip to New Zealand.

Thank jazzguelph
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Over 10 years since I've been in the area, and I was so happy to see the cafe still successful. Once again I've visited on a beautiful sunny day, a stunning view, friendly staff, and a delicious meal, calamari with seaweed and salad, yummy! A little spot of heaven here.

Thank D0rzy

Travellers who viewed The Bay House also viewed

Westport, West Coast Region
Westport, West Coast Region
Westport, West Coast Region
Westport, West Coast Region
Westport, West Coast Region

Been to The Bay House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
12:00 - 15:30
12:00 - 15:30
12:00 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tauranga Bay Rd | Tauranga Bay, Westport 7892, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +64 3-789 4151
Nestled into the native bush clad peninsula of Tauranga Bay (Maori for 'sheltered bay'), The Bay House has a unique coastal location giving a sense of escape to somewhere close to paradise. Overlooking the Tasman surf, The Bay House is one of New Zealand's most picturesque dining environments offering a range of options for guests depending on their mood, the time of day and the weather: we offer casual lunches from 11.30am to 3pm and A la Carte Dining in the evening from 5.30pm in the summer months. With stunning waterfront views from almost all tables on the premises and seasonal New Zealand style cuisine, the iconic Bay House is a true destination for all in search of a memorable dining experience in a world class location.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Bay House and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Papakura, New Zealand

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Bay House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?