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Powerhouse Cafe

8 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 (03) 315 5252
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We always enjoy this cafe. The food is consistantly great and the service is the best and friendliest in Hanmer.

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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89 reviews 89 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The owner here always does beautifully cooked food. I was here for dinner - had samosas with curried vegetables, small salad and accompanying sauces. The restaurant was full, the noise level was loud, making it difficult to maintain conversation at times.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were in Hamner Springs for a three day weekend and ended up at Powerhouse for lunch on Friday and breakfast/brunch on Saturday. Both meals were excellent. The coffee and service were also great.

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Brisbane, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Lovely trendy spot for breakfast - good place to get brownie points with your wife. Well prepared meals & clean. Appeared to be popular with fellow travelers and locals alike judging by the good trade. Sweets looked delicious, though hard to fit in after a hearty breakfast.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Ate breakfast here both mornings that we were in Hanmer and loved it both times. This place was a hive of activity and I noticed that people had booked tables for breakfast and would recommend doing this.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Having been in New Zealand for a year my husband was starting feel abit let down by his breakfast choices...until we were recommended to try the Powerhouse Cafe. We were not disappointed. His choice as always was the full cooked breakfast. Good quality ingredients were obvious. I went for the French Toast which was amazing. Well worth the drive from... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I've been here for breakfast a couple of times and have not been disappointed. My daughter this time had pancakes and they were hard not very fresh sad to say. I would recommend this place.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Four of us arrived 2 pm on a Sunday afternoon, bringing 2 others, having had a great tasting visit two days earlier. We found the cafe being vacuumed and food covered in the cabinets as if closing time had also arrived. "Are you closing?" I asked. No, they had used a gap in trade to do some tidying up. One... More

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Wellington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went to Powerhouse as part of a large group. The staff did a great job looking after us, and even gave us a few things to take home at the end of the night. My wife and I had the salmon, which was great. We had a couple of special requests for our daughter, which were met with ease.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Friendly and attentive staff. I've eaten here a few times and plan on visiting one more time before I leave, as the coffee and food is excellent. The cakes and baked goods are gorgeous and make it difficult to choose as they all look so delicious. Love this cafe.

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