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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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  • 3
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
They have you by he short & curlies....

...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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
BerkoBoy88
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North of London
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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North of London
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184 reviews 184 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Napier, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Visited this place on the Napier-Taupo road around 12 years ago and to be polite - it wasn't great. Now it's under new management and is so much more appealing! Plenty of seating inside and out, lovely views, really good baked food both sweet and savoury and the usual spread of hot and cold drinks. A very pleasant rest-stop on... More 

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Huntingdon, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We stopped at this roadside cafe on the way from Taupo to Napier yesterday and loved it so much we've planned a stop there on our way back to Taupo on Monday! The drinks are just as you'd expect but the pastries, tarts and pies are amazing. We had a delicious Deep filled plum and almond tart and a Deep... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This cafe is well worth a stop on the Napier to Taupo road. It has a surprisingly good menu. We had cake and scone but were sorely tempted by the savouries on sale. The service was excellent and the place was spotlessly clean. The outdoor seating has amazing views.

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?