New Zealand’s Bali Getaway – The Secret Garden
Heading out to the east coast? Cruising down the Bay of Plenty? Check out Waihi’s best kept secret!
This little cafe is mostly known by the locals, and is slowly becoming more well known by travellers through social media! The Secret Garden in Waihi Beach brings a touch of Bali to the comfort of our own country!
So of course, we had to try it out and let everyone know: Is it worth the hype?
Starting off, the decor is GORGEOUS!
If you’re seeking a tropical Bali getaway, then this is for you! Circling the cafe are wooden gazebos with low Indonesian tables, designed for sitting on the ground while eating a meal. These give an authentic feel to the place, and brought me back to memories of my home country from when I was a child. Trees surround each table, providing some privacy from other tables around. I personally LOVED this part of the cafe. It was peaceful, it was unique, and it was quiet.
Bean bags are provided for comfort, and the gazebos provide great shade from the sun. The trees sprout fresh fruit and figs, and Balinese statues It’s a beautiful place to take photos, and soak in the experience of Bali in New Zealand.
While they offer European cafe-style meals, and Mexican dishes, I ordered the Pineapple Smoothie bowl, which was absolutely delicious and loaded with nutritious ingredients, such as granola, cacao nibs, and coconut flakes. The staff were also incredibly kind, which was not what we were expecting as their online reviews had criticised staff for being rude and disinterested.
Let us make it clear that this was NOT the case.
Everything was absolutely beautiful, and the food tasted amazing! If you’re heading out to Waihi, or passing through to the Bay of Plenty, make sure you stop at The Secret Garden for a light snack or lunch. We would definitely come here again!
You can visit The Secret Garden at 17 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach, 3611.
The Secret Garden on Facebook.
Phoebe is a marketing student with a love of food, fashion, business and writing. With a modern perspective, she embraces new experiences and finds joy in sharing the simple things in life.