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Exterior Waterfront Bar

About Us

A little more about our unique restaurant and bar - and how we got our name!

Two unique dining experiences

One amazing location.

Zane Grey's offers the ultimate in choice, with casual all day dining at The Dock or refined evening dining within The Aquarium.  We are the only over the water venue in the Bay of Islands that offers outdoor and indoor private function options for up to 600 guests. 

We love our aquarium!

Our 66,000L aquarium is the largest in Northland and it takes pride of place in our aptly named restaurant.

Home to a range of beautiful fishy friends, you can learn about our underwater residents with matching photos and interesting descriptions of each species.


With new fish added regularly, each time you visit, you should see something new!

It's free to come in and visit the aquarium - a must see when in Paihia!

Girl at Aquarium

The Master behind the menus

We are very proud to have Danilo Radenkovic as our head chef here at Zane Grey's.


With extensive culinary experience from around the globe Danilo brings a unique flair and exquisite eye for detail to all of our menus and it is his passion and knowledge which drives our exceptional team.

Bringing his knowledge from across Europe, Central America, Asia  and The Pacific, Danilo regularly transports us to new shores with his fusion of flavours. 

Don't take our word for it - come and try Danilo's breathtaking menu for yourself!

Chef Danilo Radenkovic
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Best Dining Dishes
Fresh Seasonal Menu

Zane Grey

A pioneer in fishing

Zane Grey Fishing

Our waterfront restaurant and bar was named after the legendary fisherman - Zane Grey.

A best selling American author, Grey indulged his passion for fishing with many visits to New Zealand. 


He first visited our Far North shores in 1926 and caught several large fish of great variety, including a mako shark, a ferocious fighter which presented a new challenge. Grey then established a base at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands, which then became a destination for the rich and famous.


He wrote many articles in international sporting magazines highlighting the uniqueness of New Zealand fishing, which has produced heavy-tackle world records, for billfish, striped marlin, black marlin, blue marlin and broadbill.

A lodge and camp were established at Otehei Bay in 1927 called the Zane Grey Sporting Club.


He held numerous world records during this time and invented the teaser, a hookless bait that is still used today to attract fish!

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