Where74 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Operating hoursMonday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
CuisineOld world meets new at Rona’s, where a former home has been re-purposed into dining rooms, a bar and heavenly courtyard.
With glistening Akaroa seaside views just around the corner, stepping into Rona’s for a gourmet brunch feels like treating yourself to a bona fide holiday.
The first order of business upon entering, is to step up to the counter and choose a plate of delicious brunch fare (may we suggest the Belgian waffles with citrus?), alongside a trusty coffee supplied by Coffee Supreme. Then find yourself a spot in the quirky and charming dining area, or opt to dine al fresco, where you can catch views of both the sea and the hills under the shady verandah.
Owner Caroline, champions New Zealand produce and artisans, which is why, in addition to sourcing local Akaroa citrus and herbs for the menu, room has also been made for a wee shop that highlights local makers and producers. Products range from Apostle hot sauce to sunblock—it’s the perfect spot to pick up New Zealand made gifts or stock your pantry with local favourites.
It’s hard not to feel welcome here as the café is super dog-friendly (inside and out!), boasts a teensy kids corner with books, small toys and colouring materials, and comes complete with a chatty, helpful staff and upbeat music that you can tap along to.