An Auckland Vegan in Tauranga

Sunflower & walnut sausages

I spent about 24 hours in Tauranga last April for work. I wasn’t expecting much food-wise – I thought I’d probably get by on conference food and bagels with avocado. What I’d forgotten about was the town’s alternative beachcomber, surfie, new-agey side. It shouldn’t have surprised me that there’s a health conscious food scene in Tauranga, or that these days it’s quite vegan-friendly.

I found lots to eat. Here’s my quick visitor’s guide to what’s vegan in Tauranga:

 

Vegan big breakfast

Grindz Café had lots of vegan options on its menu and in the cabinet, and offered six different non-animal milks for coffee. Their Facebook page shows that Grindz caters for all sorts of eaters, but particularly seems to be making an effort to create different vegan options (lately: a fry-up, stuffed portabellos, asparagus pizza).

When I visited, I had a big breakfast: a plate of toast, avocado, amazing potatoes & various vegetables.

Grindz is at 50 First Avenue in central Tauranga.

 

Wild Earth Organics café

Wild Earth Organics is a big, well-stocked organic grocery, where you can find fresh locally-grown produce, non-dairy milk products, bulk bin grains & nuts, makeup and bathroom products, and various packaged treats.

At the back of the shop is a café that is entirely vegan (all food is also gluten free, and “made with love”). Wild Earth’s café serves a range of salads, meals, snacks and treats from its cabinet, and makes fresh juices, smoothies, teas and coffee.

When I visited, I had a slice of pizza & a tofu rissole from the cabinet, and a fresh juice.

Wild Earth Organics is at 777 Cameron Road in central Tauranga. It’s open Monday to Saturday.

 

Labels

Another place to find groceries is the Gluten & Allergy Free Shop on Cameron Road. Every product in-store has clear labelling to help shoppers find products that suit their eating needs; everything that’s vegan friendly has a green sticker next to its price label.

The shop has an impressive range of snacks, dairy and egg alternatives, desserts, chilled and frozen foods (including Angel Food cheeses, and the locally-produced Gourmet Vegan range by Food Garden).

The Gluten & Allergy Free Shop is at 435 Cameron Road. They also offer online ordering & delivery around New Zealand.

 

Other places you could try

Bethlehem Health & Tea is another health food grocery that has groceries, snacks and supplements. It’s at 229c State Highway 2 in Bethlehem.

Clean Eats is a health food café at 332 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui that describes itself as vegan-friendly.

Love Raw is a raw vegan market food stall that’s currently appearing at Mount Maunganui’s Gourmet Night Market on Fridays.

Burgerfuel has two outlets in the area: 4/602-610 Cameron Road in central Tauranga, and 330 Maunganui Road in Mount Maunganui.

Hell Pizza has a couple of outlets locally, too: 245 State Highway 2 in Bethlehem, and 30 Gravatt Road in Papamoa.