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10 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
64 07 878 6674
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: HUHU Cafe offers visitors to Waitomo the opportunity to sample great New...
HUHU Cafe offers visitors to Waitomo the opportunity to sample great New Zealand cuisine in a beautiful setting. We offer a delicious evening menu, perfect for enjoying with a cold one on the sunny deck after a hard day's caving or glow-worm spotting! You can enjoy delicious treats such as Caramelised Garlic & Goats Cheese Tart, Wild Rabbit Hotpot, Organic Rib-Eye, Dark Chocolate Souffle & Poached Tamarillos to name but a few (please note that our menu changes on a regular basis, depending on what we can source from our suppliers). Wherever possible, we use local providers - our lamb comes from farms around Te Kuiti, our cheese from Putaruru & our berries (when in season) are from Piopio. Our wine list consists of a number of great New Zealand wine varieties and our beer list features a selection of boutique beers to whet the whistle! Cosy up by our woodburner during the winter months or chill out on our deck over summer... Have we tempted your tastebuds? Well then, we look forward to seeing you at HUHU sometime soon!
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
One of the most memorable dinners I've had traveling

I was not expecting a restaurant of this quality in Waitomo. Dinner was incredible, the flight of beer fantastic, and the staff friendly. My wife and I debated as to whether we wanted to spend the money before we went, but we are super happy we did. The view is also great. Everything about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Colin U
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
New Orleans, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I was not expecting a restaurant of this quality in Waitomo. Dinner was incredible, the flight of beer fantastic, and the staff friendly. My wife and I debated as to whether we wanted to spend the money before we went, but we are super happy we did. The view is also great. Everything about the experience was memorable. A must-do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really good food at a Good price, awesome service and many good reasons to return. Food was very good, good portion size tasty and fresh. Service was as good as I've had in NZ over the past 5 years. Really nice atmosphere, nothing pretentious. Well done to the staff and owners.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great innovative local ingredients- a foodie paradise- friendly service and outdoor seating with great views

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new zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We where on a motorbike ride to New Plymouth quickly looked up trip adviser to see where we could visit for lunch and read great comments about Huhu , we where not disappointed the service and food where great from the food to the coffee and of course the wine:), the setting was lovely as well, will definitely go back... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Stopped in after the Glowworm caves and were delightfully surprised! Expected a typical small town restaurant, but this was excellent. Tried the steak, lamb curry & lamb shoulder - all were very well prepared. There were a few small 'artistic' touches to make each plate more interesting, but the food was great. Beer was less excellent. Although there are a... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Really had a great meal here the three burger meal my wife had was really tasty, I had pork loin wrapped in bacon - really tasty and enjoyable. Dessert and coffee and the service were also excellent. Definitely worth trying

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I was with a large group and was impressed with the service with taking of orders and getting them right when they came out from the kitchen. Meals were well presented and delicious

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Palmdale, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

One of the better restaurants we found on our trip to New Zealand. We had chicken and Potato & Parmesan Gnocchi. Both were great dishes.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

wow what a surprise! In this tiny small place this resturant turns out world class food with intricate details. Two of us dined, we were staying at the Waitomo Hotel which also offered great food. We started off with a serving of their baked bread toasted with Palmerston cheese for one and I myself had the soup special: tomato and... More 

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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99 reviews 99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Sat outside and enjoyed the view. Had chicken appetizer, lamb sliders and duck between the two of us. All were cooked well with delicious flavors. Staff was warm and helpful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves
  • Phone Number: 64 07 878 6674

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 28

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

HUHU Cafe offers visitors to Waitomo the opportunity to sample great New Zealand cuisine in a beautiful setting. We offer a delicious evening menu, perfect for enjoying with a cold one on the sunny deck after a hard day's caving or glow-worm spotting! You can enjoy delicious treats such as Caramelised Garlic & Goats Cheese Tart, Wild Rabbit Hotpot, Organic Rib-Eye, Dark Chocolate Souffle & Poached Tamarillos to name but a few (please note that our menu changes on a regular basis, depending on what we can source from our suppliers). Wherever possible, we use local providers - our lamb comes from farms around Te Kuiti, our cheese from Putaruru & our berries (when in season) are from Piopio. Our wine list consists of a number of great New Zealand wine varieties and our beer list features a selection of boutique beers to whet the whistle! Cosy up by our woodburner during the winter months or chill out on our deck over summer... Have we tempted your tastebuds? Well then, we look forward to seeing you at HUHU sometime soon!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?