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10 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand
64 07 878 6674
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 471
    Excellent
  • 159
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Get the Rewena bread!

Not many places to choose from in Waitomo, we ended up at this place. The food was good, portions were small (compared to America, which admittedly are way too big!) and drinks were good. I VERY HIGHLY recommend the Rewena. A Maori recipe that is like a sourdough potato bread. Here they make it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Not many places to choose from in Waitomo, we ended up at this place. The food was good, portions were small (compared to America, which admittedly are way too big!) and drinks were good. I VERY HIGHLY recommend the Rewena. A Maori recipe that is like a sourdough potato bread. Here they make it like garlic bread and it's so... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Our host recommended this restaurant, and made recommendations for us after our visit to the Glowworm Caves as it's very closely situated. The service was friendly, and the food was terrific. Nice, warm atmosphere.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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178 reviews 178 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The food here is good and plentiful, which is just as well because Huhu is the only proper restaurant in Waitomo Caves. The restaurant has a big balcony overlooking the valley, where we ate on a warm summer evening.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Situated a Km or so before Waitomo Caves. Described as a cafe but really more like a restaurant. Typically NZ cafes have a range of muffins, cakes and cabinet food + meals from a short menu. However, Huhu is entirely menu based. That said it is a very interesting menu and the food was great. Price wise at the top... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Even though I was dining alone, the service was great. The food was superb and it was difficult to select from the menu. All options sounded good with a lovely balance of flavours. Recommend this place if you are passing through or staying.

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100 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We were recommended to visit by some people we met in a hot pool, and are glad we came. The view across the countryside was lovely, the service friendly and the food delicious. Particular praise for the roasted cauliflower salad and the risotto balls.

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7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We had the most amazing meal here last night. Food was absolutely fantastic - perfectly cooked, generously sized. It was delicious. Mains were great so I was worried about the desserts - would they be a let down? Absolutely not - the parfait was fantastic. View is lovely and service was very good. Wish we were staying another night just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Extremely friendly service. Diverse and interesting menu with options for many tastes. Recommend taste testing the King Country beers and cider. Meals arrived very, very quickly.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The restaurant was full, and no space till 8.30 (it was 6.30), but if they had room in the brewery room downstairs we could order there. No room down there either - but we saw a table for 8 with 2 people, and they kindly allowed us to share. Mine host was a delight (that was our bonus) , the... More 

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Hangzhou, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We ate in the lower bar area of the restaurant. Bar attendant very hospitable and friendly. Roast Chicken, Lamb and Tenderloin all prepared well. Food was fabulous, very tasty. In addition, we found it a great place to go to accommodate dietary needs. We have a Peanut Allergy in our family and they were gracious and accommodating to our needs.... More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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