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Milk & Honey opened in November 2008 in the historic seaside village of Ahuriri. Just down the road from the Port of Napier, and only 5 minutes drive from Napier Airport. Ahuriri is a hive of activity where friends and family gather to enjoy the sea and land in the warm Hawke’s Bay sun.

Located within the Crown Hotel building, Milk & Honey is an independent restaurant and cafe that looks north across the bay.

Milk & Honey opens every morning at 7am serving seriously good coffee, wine, drinks, and honest food to fit your appetite throughout the day and into the night. It is a place to eat, meet, and share time. We take great pleasure in looking after and getting to know guests from all walks of life. We pride ourselves on creating a relaxed environment, staffed with people who truly value looking after others.

Interior Design

A blank canvas can be the most challenging and rewarding element to take on, but we didn’t have a true blank canvas when we began to plan the fit-out of Milk & Honey. We had sea, all day sun and light… lots of natural light.

We knew the size, we knew we had an amazing outlook, we knew who we wanted to be, and we knew which other restaurant and bar spaces we loved. The team from Wildfire gave us guidance with the kitchen and bar layout. Simon Clarkson from Clarkson Architects supported us on layout, design and detail.

When you open at first light, and close the doors after dark, colours and finishings are the most critical elements for creating mood and bringing your interior to life.

Milk & Honey can be managed according to the weather and light – where indoor and outdoor blend into one another. Our finished space contains layers of textures, lighting and art work to add to the warmth and atmosphere at night.

It has been amazing to build something and see it come to life – and function day after day.

After creating our space, it was extremely rewarding for Clarkson Architects to be recognised by New Zealand Institute of Architects with an Interior Architecture award in 2009.