Turning Up the Heat with Picnicka

The food at Picnicka, in Downtown Tauranga’s Thirty Eight Elizabeth, is simple, nourishing, and meant to be shared.  The menu plays with the contrast between raw, smoked and grilled dishes featuring distinct worldwide flavours. Head chef Ryan Allen shared with us his Pickled Chillies recipe – the perfect solution to your abundant chilli harvest this […]

Wright Moves at Clarence

Chef Simon Wright wasn’t really looking for a job when he noticed an advertisement for someone to head the kitchen at Clarence Bistro in Tauranga. The ad caught his eye last October when he was buying a Clarence package online for a staff member at Gather & Roam eatery that he and wife Creghan Molloy-Wright […]

Rediscover Your City Centre

The city centre is changing and evolving. Yes, there’s still disruptions as major redevelopments take place and store occupancies begin to return to normal, but in amongst all this is an array of incredible eateries, boutique shops and businesses, passionate business owners and operators and great experiences for all. There’s some exciting new restaurants and […]


Words Denise Irvine, Images Brydie Thompson Attention to detail is everything at Picnicka. From the food to the fit-out, Tauranga’s super-relaxed new bar and grill has the sure touch of local hospitality operators Noel Cimadom and Kim Smythe. Picnicka is in the heart of the city’s CBD, the work of the husband-and-wife team that developed […]