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The Fat Goose, Hardys Bay, NSW

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The Restaurant

Winding roads amidst tree lined hills lead you along one of the most scenic drives on the Coast.  So much so that the road leading in is called ‘Scenic Drive’.  Past the tourist traps of Terrigal and the stunning views out over Brisbane Water, the drive to Hardy’s Bay is part of the experience of this brunch outing.

This delightful little café is tucked in alongside the always popular Old Killcare Store and offers indoor and alfresco seating as well as take away orders.  What the building lacks in cosmopolitan style it makes up for in warmth and character.  Which in my opinion is much nicer than the spurious indy feel of Starbucks.  Bottles of Fat Goose branded sauces and spreads line shelves, the ambient light picking up the reds and oranges and making them almost glow.  Tables are nestled together near windows inside and out in the sunshine we watch people laughing and chatting, enjoying the unseasonable warmth.  Stroller friendly and dog friendly, the atmosphere is one of community.

The Food

Although the menu does feature an all day breakfast I couldn’t resist completely ignoring the reason I was out and ordering from the lunch menu.  Who can say no to a portobello mushroom burger stuffed with 3 different cheeses and smashed avocado?  Not me, that’s who.

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Save money and experience the Bay of Plenty’s unspoiled beauty the way it was supposed to be seen.  Step off your cruise ship and take a leisurely stroll down The Mall towards the once volatile Mount Maunganui.  From there it is up to you.  Is a vigorous hike to the top your idea of a great way to spend the day?  Or is a massage at the saltwater hot pools more your speed?  Perhaps you just want to sit at the foreshore and watch the clouds float by while the friendly locals treat you to their outstanding hospitality and hot coffee.

While catching a Hobbit is high on my list of things to do while docked in New Zealand, the handy infographic below will present you with 5 compelling reasons to forgo the shore tours inland.  Tauranga, or more accurately, Mount Maunganui where Port Tauranga is located, is a unique blend of cosmopolitan tourism and laid back natural beauty. Everything in Maunganui is within walking distance and you can easily spend the day here for no more than the cost of a cup of coffee.

Don’t let yourself miss out on the wonders right outside your port hole.

Don't let yourself miss out on the beauty right outside your porthole by getting swept up in Shore Tour fever. Check out these 5 compelling reasons not to book a shore tour when you dock in Tauranga, NZ.

 

 

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