Food & Drink

12 Of The Best Fish And Chips In Auckland To Get Hooked On

By Abby Porter
9th Nov 2023

Fish and chips. They’re pretty much our national tucker and as such we’re sure this list will be hotly contested—we all have a beloved local, and we're all fiercely loyal in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

However, with multiple spots hailed as 'worth the drive', people are slowly opening up to battling traffic and driving across town for the promise of the best fillet available. So without further ado, here are the official Urban List picks for the best fish and chips shops in Auckland.

Kohi Fresh Fish & Takeaways 

41 Melanesia Road, Kohimarama, Auckland

Unless you're a fan of long queues, you'll want to ring ahead if you're after a feed from Kohi Fresh Fish & Takeaways. This family-run business is slinging fresh fish, oysters, squid rings, and more from morning till evening, all fried to crispy perfection.
 
Transport your feast to the nearest beach before you dig in and you're well set for a stellar evening. Not to mention how the joint's fans rave about their ultra-friendly staff, which is a plus we can all appreciate. 

Tipene's Fish And Chips Takeaways

648b New North Road, Morningside, Auckland 

No doubt about it, Tipene's Takeaways is one of Morningside's best-kept secrets. You'll find this veritable diamond in the fish and chip rough tucked away on New North Road but don't let its interesting location fool you.

Serving up the freshest fish landed daily along with perfectly cooked chips and deep-fried doughnuts, you'll be thanking your lucky stars to have found this wee neighbourhood gem. With a variety of British sides on offer including mushy peas and curry sauce, you might even be able to splash on some Sarson's vinegar for a real taste of the mother country. 

Nana's Fish House

36 Stoddard Road, Wesley, Auckland

Fish and chips from Nana's fish house, one of the best fish and chips in Auckland.Image credit: Nana's Fish House | Instagram

A local fave and go-to for many, Nana's Fish House is certainly a fish and chips all-star. With fresh, flaky fish, crispy chips—the twisted fries alone are worth a visit—and some of the loveliest service in town, it's not hard to see why this spot near Mount Roskill is such a hit. 

Whether you're craving spring rolls or nuggets on the side, it's true Nana's style to make sure they're perfectly seasoned and full of flavour. Plus, everything on the menu is completely halal.

Epsom Fresh Fish & Chips Co.

297 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland

Keeping fish and chips cheap and cheerful is the beloved Epsom Fresh Fish & Chips Co. A quick glance at the reviews and you'll see that the fried goodness at Epsom blows away first-timers and loyal customers alike (the kumara chips are especially out of this world).
 
Not only are the fish and chips the perfect level of crispy, but everything is high-quality and awesome value for money. Does it get any better?

The Seafood Collective

Unit C6, 59/71 Lunn Avenue, Mount Wellington, 55 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay & 438 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland

Delicious looking fish and chips from The Seafood Collective, one of the best fish and chip shops in Auckland.Image credit: The Seafood Collective | Facebook

These guys are the real deal. Looking to diversify from 'the usual fish and chips', The Seafood Collective offers premium seafood at an affordable price, which is something we can get behind.

Aside from the usual market fish, dory, tarakihi, and snapper, their next-level burgers and fish tacos will have you coming back for more. You can even order up a seafood platter or two or just make your own. With the Mount Eden branch in the heart of the village being the jewel in the crown, no wonder these guys are one of the best fish and chip shops in Auckland. 

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The Brewers Co-Operative

128-132 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD

Craft beer and fish and chips go hand in hand and you'll find them both at The Brewers Co-operative in the CBD. Perfect for city workers taking a break, Brewers serves their fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

Choose from the fish on offer and have it battered with tartare and lemon, just the way we like it. For something a little different, choose the fish burger, fish curry, or fish tacos.

FishSmith

200 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland

We look down on a delicious spread of fish and chips and fried sides from FishSmith in Herne BayImage credit: FishSmith | Facebook

After a warm welcome from the world’s friendliest (and chattiest) guy at the counter, you can quickly tell that this is fish and chips Herne Bay style. Fish tacos, whitebait fritters, quinoa salad, and soft shell crab burgers; FishSmith is the crème de la crème of fish and chips and one of the best in Auckland (an 11/10, even). 

With no deep-fried balls of shark in sight, FishSmith offers a healthy version of our favourite ‘greasy’ takeaway. You can pick up fresh fillets to cook at home or get them to do it for a couple of extra dollars—and worth every cent. 

Rhyleys Salt & Batter

264 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Word on the street is that when it comes to delicious fish, you can't beat Rhyleys Salt & Batter. Such flattery isn't unfounded—this joint is a favourite for the traditional Kiwi fish and chips style done well, with a menu featuring mussels, raw fish, and moreish fry bread.

An inner-city gem, it's the perfect way to get your crispy fried fix amidst the hustle and bustle. They've even got a freezer of Tip Top ice cream if you're craving a cheeky scoop or two to finish it all off.

The Local

151 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island

If you’re in Waiheke and want a perfect partner for your rosé to enjoy on the beach, head to The Local. It also has a great list of beer and wine and you can dine in if you prefer your fish and chips without a generous side of sand.

Fish and chips aside, the wild boar sausage is the game-changer here. The premium quality sausage is battered in its natural casing and provides a crispy yet juicy experience that only The Local can offer.

The Fish & Chip Shop

83 Great South Road, Epsom, 160 Sandringham Road, Sandringham & 127 West End Road, Westmere, Auckland

Props for the pan-fried panko as opposed to the usual deep-fried action we’re used to. The Fish & Chip Shop is midway between greasy and glam and has some of the best fish and chips in Auckland.

Get amongst their homemade fritters which include good old corn fritters and the Kiwi classic, mussel fritters. You can’t go past their Thai fish cakes either. 

Big J’s Takeaways

4/1 Melton Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Yeah, that burger place. Yes, the burgers are bigger than your face, but the fish 'n' chips at Big J’s are also deserving of a mention. Choose from dory or snapper, and pick your choice of salt to go on your chips—go for the chicken salt if you’re a closet Maggi noodle fan.

Just don’t expect any of that grilling action at Big J’s—this is a straight-up deep-fried situation, and unashamedly so. Go the grease.

Oceanz

Albany, Botany, Henderson, Mission Bay & New Lynn

Oceanz sure knows a thing or two about fish. While a wide range of seafood is available, their fish and chips have us coming back again and again. In fact, so good is their version that they've earned multiple awards over the years.

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