It would be tragic if Napier’s Port Ahuriri, home for a fleet of commercial fishing trawlers, wasn’t also an excellent source of fresh fish for the region’s best fish and chip shops.
Thankfully, many of Hawkes Bay’s restaurants and takeaways take advantage of the daily fish markets and by lunchtime, hungry locals and visitors are enjoying their fish and chips.
To help identify the best fish and chips in New Zealand, we’ve drawn on many sources including which fryers have taken awards at the national Best Chip Shop competitions. These awards have run since 2006 and are a useful guide to identifying the best in the country and in each region.
Our guide to the best fish and chips in New Zealand includes the following recommendations:
130 Main Rd, Clive, Hawkes Bay
Halfway between Hawkes Bay’s biggest cities, Napier and Hastings, the appropriately named Halfway House Takeaways caters for Clive locals, passers-by and fish and chip enthusiasts who don’t mind a short drive. Highly commended in the regional section of the Best Chip Shop awards in 2013 and 2011.
15 Allen Berry Ave, Pirimai, Napier
Known for its generous portions. Highly commended in the regional section of the Best Chip Shop awards in 2013, 2011 and 2010.
Westshore Fish Cafe
112a Charles Street, Westshore, Napier
A 7-minute drive towards the airport from central Napier, this cafe gives you the option of eating inside or taking your food to the nearby shoreline. It offers a large range of choices using freshly caught fish. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
Mac’s Fish Supply
1101 Heretaunga St E, Akina, Hastings
Rated the best fish and chips in Hastings by theculturetrip.com in late 2016 but has undergone a change of ownership since.
Hawkes Bay Seafood
Cnr Pandora Rd & Ahuriri Quay, Napier
Big reputation with the locals and has a wide range of fresh fish and seafoods on display, encouraging you to choose what you want and have it cooked to your taste.
Our guide to the best fish and chip shops in New Zealand
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