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Tarawera Cafe

Fast Food
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Napier Taupo State Highway 5, Napier, New Zealand
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout
Description: Located North of Napier on Napier Taupo State Highway 5

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Worked for us... and many others

What a crowd! The queue was almost out the door. It was a bit confusing if we were to plate up or just select and request at the counter. I think it was a mix of both, with hot items on request. There was a trio of younger Asian ladies who worked very quickly to process the crowd. Their English... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Gavin6114
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Fanoe, Denmark
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

a nice stop restaurant, plenty of atmoshere, great service by SABRINA ! marie and jim have a g reat place

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Perth, Australia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Needed a mid-trip coffee and very quickly regretted pulling over for a takeaway coffee. I hate waste so forced myself to drink it. It was very weak and the milk was overheated. Conversely, the view was spectacular.

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Thank amoeaba
Hamilton, New Zealand
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a crowd! The queue was almost out the door. It was a bit confusing if we were to plate up or just select and request at the counter. I think it was a mix of both, with hot items on request. There was a trio of younger Asian ladies who worked very quickly to process the crowd. Their English... More 

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Thank Gavin6114
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Have stopped here on many occasions, looks like new owners. Food and service good, but pricey for somewhere in the middle of nowhere

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Thank Rob K
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My wife and I were very hungry and decided to stop here for a bite. We went in and while my wife used the loo I went to check out the food. I wasn't expecting much as this place is in the middle of nowhere. The pies looked like 99c packet pies heated up in the microwave the previous day... More 

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Thank DrEATS
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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205 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

Great place to take a break on the Napier - Taupo road. Heaps of parking. Cosy by the fire. Great friendly people. Great food and coffee. Overnight area for camper vans and caravans if you are travelling and want a stop over. Lots of history on the walls to read while waiting for your meal.

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Thank Mark E
Rustington, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

There are not many coffee, food stops on the Napier-Taupo road so when we saw the signs we pulled in. Ok, so its not fancy but what it lacks in frills is more than made up for with Marie's friendly welcome and good food and coffee. Would have loved to sample more.... The home cooking, cakes etc are "just like... More 

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2 Thank Brian P
New Zealand
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Had a mate tell us to stop in here for lunch - what a mistake. Should of carried on to the next cafe in Eskdale. Quiche, pie and sandwich were all not to my liking. Hardly a selection. Such a shame when it seems to have a pretty good spot!

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Thank kitt3n
Napier, New Zealand
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196 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I don't know how many times I have driven past this place. Today the car load needed toilets and this was close. Although public toilets are in the carpark, we decided to grab a bite as well. This place is in the middle of nowhere and the cafe choices reflected that. Not much to choose from. Pies all round was... More 

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Thank Rick M
North of London
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238 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

...as its the only place for miles around and they charge what they like. It is located about halfway between and Taupo on the north island of New Zealand. We had 2 coffees, a sausage roll and a small lemon tart. The bill was about £10 and they even charged 20 pence for a sachet of tomato sauce.

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Thank BerkoBoy88

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Napier Taupo State Highway 5, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Fast Food

Description

Located North of Napier on Napier Taupo State Highway 5
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?