The Trading post logo

About us

Both French trained chefs, we were travelling around the world when we first stopped in NZ in 2013.

Seven years later we had a little catering business in Gisborne but we always dreamed about our own restaurant. We fell in love with the historical farm cottage of the Trading Post in Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty- so we moved here to open the French Bistro.

When we are not cooking, we spend our time with our two daughters Maia & Ayla that could possibly run around the restaurant during business hours – sorry.

The influence of our cuisine comes mostly from the south of France & family recipes while using local ingredients so there is always a bit of a kiwi twist. You might also find Italian inspired dishes as Jordan’s grandmother is from Italy.

The Trading Post / farm cottage
Nina's grandparents farm in Drome

The French bistro is a casual restaurant where we want you to share a great meal with your family and friends and feel comfortable. Don’t expect a fine dining fancy French thing, but homemade good food, accompanied by nice cocktails & wines.

We couldn’t do it without our fab team of local / foreign stars, Mikayla, Bri, Melody, Leigh & Sophie!

While we strive for the best, your feedback is always appreciated, drop us a word!

Bon appetit

Nina & Jordan

Opening hours

Wednesday to Saturday
Brunch from 10:30am to 2pm
Dinner from 5:30pm

Brunch from 10am to 3pm

Contact us