Hāwea Store & Kitchen

Goods key icon. Restaurants key icon.
Goods key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Monday7:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday7:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Wednesday7:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Thursday7:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Friday7:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Saturday7:30 am – 8:00 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

33 Capell Avenue, Lake Hāwea

03 443 1696

The breathtaking vistas of Hāwea’s remarkable peaks and alpine lakes are no doubt delightful, but they’re not the only thing making this slice of paradise a very special place. The neighbourhood is home to a tight-knit community that has been recognised as Wānaka’s food bowl since the country’s earliest days – and at its beating heart is Hāwea Store & Kitchen.

When Saliz, the old grocery store, restaurant and bar, went on the market in 2016, Hamish and Erica jumped at the opportunity to continue the store’s legacy. The couple relaunched Hāwea Store & Kitchen in the Spring of 2019 with a vision to preserve its history while bringing in their own food philosophy and international flair. One thing was clear from the start – this was going to be a space that was all about looking after the locals.

The downstairs collective includes a café supplying Laffare Coffee, a takeaway joint, a grocery store, a post office and an information centre. But we’re mostly here to talk about the food story unfolding on the next level. Inspired by Hamish’s time as a chef in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, clean and fresh dishes like beautifully fragrant Lemongrass and Ginger Salmon Broth grace the restaurant’s tables. GardenFoodz, Te Mana Lamb, and Alpine Group Venison are just some of the Southern Lakes’ best championed on the menu. In keeping with the local theme, Rhyme and Reason craft beers are available on tap and bottles of wine from nearby vineyards of Maude and Māori sit pretty on the shelves.

Take a good look around and admire the stunning interior redesign led by local Olivia Macfarlane. Old and new materials reflect the colours, shapes and skylines of  Hawea’s landscape. Reused Rimu and salvaged timber from Christchurch, the repurposed door of an old jailhouse in Cromwell, high beams and plenty of antique items evoke plenty of nostalgia and a fireplace, assortment of books and cushiony seating along the wall work in harmony to make you feel right at home.

We’re racking our brains to think of an occasion we wouldn’t want to spend with Hāwea Store & Kitchen. After all, it’s cosy and warm by a roaring fire in winter, refreshing on the outdoor patio in summer, and if there’s a special celebration going down in the community, whether a birthday, wedding or anniversary, you can count on Hāwea having something to do with the party antics.

Words by Maggie Worthington & Photography by Nancy Zhou

Information not correct? Report an error


33 Capell Avenue, Lake Hāwea

Nearby Places

Hāwea Hotel

Inside the restaurant where people are dining and looking out the windows over the lake.
Place Wānaka
Accommodation key icon. Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.

How do you like the idea of enjoying your morning coffee from a private balcony, with uninterrupted views of mountains encircling one of the country’s largest lakes?

The Secret Sauna

A view of a little wooden sauna next to a lake on a sunny day.
Place Wānaka
Stay and explore key icon. Wellbeing key icon.

Picture this: an off-grid, wood-fired sauna sits peacefully on the shore of a glacial lake, smoke softly puffing out of the chimney while through the generous window, a...

The Camp

A small cabin nestled in bushes.
Place Wānaka
Accommodation key icon. Stay and explore key icon.

Aotearoa, land of the great outdoors, is unsurprisingly a land of a long list of incredibly scenic sites to spend a night, too.

Similar Places


A milky coffee, pastries and savoury dish on the table at Scroggin, Wānaka.
Place Wānaka Editor's Pick
Cafes key icon.

With a Scandinavian-inspired fit-out to match the mountains and adventures to be had in Wānaka, you'll quickly understand why this coffee and eatery’s tagline is ‘Gather, feast, stay for a while.’


Enclosed balcony dining area at Muttonbird, Wānaka.
Place Wānaka
Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.

It’s a seabird you can eat that smells like fish and tastes like mutton.


Four plates of Mexican food from Paloma Wanaka on a wooden table.
Place Wānaka
Bars key icon. Restaurants key icon.

Creators of authentic Mexican fare, Paloma has a simple (but by no means easy) mission: to make the best possible tacos in Wānaka using New Zealand ingredients.

Ground Up

Glass of beer on the table.
Place Wānaka
Bars key icon.

A brewery and taproom in one, this local favourite continues to grow and impress.