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Tarawera Cafe

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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: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Located North of Napier on Napier Taupo State Highway 5

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 4
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  • 3
    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
Good and Honest Food & Drinks. Worth Stopping For for a Refill and Refresh

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Brian P
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Rustington, United Kingdom
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Rustington, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 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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Napier, New Zealand
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148 reviews 148 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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North of London
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187 reviews 187 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 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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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

My wife & I have made 2 trips to New Zealand, on the 1st we stopped at Tarawera for a coffee. we needed matches for our motor home cooker, they were not on sale but the qwner gave us a few .We could not find fault with anything the coffee was excellent also the food. on our 2nd visit we... More 

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Tauranga
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This cafe seems the only place to stop for miles on the very picturesque Taupo Napier road.. Food was OK but the coffee although freshly made was bitter and awful, tasting like it had been left sitting at the bottom of a jug on a filter machine for hours. Our friend returned her cup only to be given another cup... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Having been travelling in New Zealand for the past two months this is the first time I have been disappointed by a café. The cafe is really the only stopping off point on the Napier to Taupo drive and they took advantage of this by charging. The coffee was $4.60 for a small cup - there was no price list... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

What a neat place to visit. The place has been cleaned up and modernised with very good facilities. There is so much history of the Napier Taupo Road here that it leaves you in no doubt as to the bleakness and hardships that the earlier travellers were confronted with. The welcome we received was very warming and genuine from three... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Was a pleasure to find this cafe on the Napier Taupo road. Very clean. Very happy friendly staff. Good range of food and excellent prices. Mince pies and date scones were just the best!! Definitely would go again and again

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Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This cafe is far overselling itself by claiming 'quality food, quality standards.' The cheese and onion sandwich was inedible and the hot chips were undercooked. The table we were sitting at was badly placed right in the doorway where people were coming and going past us. The food was way overpriced for what it was. The coffee was also average... More 

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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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