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Nor'Wester Cafe

Bar, Cafe, International, Pub, New Zealand
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95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
wine can be ordered in tasting size, or small or large glass

Very popular café with good friendly service and ample menu and wine list. Recommended for quick coffee or full meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
Loreen B
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at the Nor'Wester Café on our way to the Culverden Fete, we were asked if "we were there for breakfast" and directed to find a table and menus would follow. We were served water, and we waited and we waited.....and we waited some more, until we had waited too long. While the Café got busier it seemed the takeaway... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped through here on the way to Hanmer Springs. Service was average, felt like an inconvenience being there as we had sat down and within minutes were asked if we were ready to order. I ordered a BLT and my companion had the Salad, I also ordered a flat-white which was burnt and tasted really bad Ordered a capuccino on... More 

1 Thank Asko K
Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

For a café that had a good reputation, I was very disappointed with the surly service I received when travelling through. I stopped to buy take away lunch and coffee and the coffee was terrible. The coffee was so hot I couldn't get near it for about thirty kms and it was very bitter. It was definitely too far go... More 

1 Thank extrip
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Very popular café with good friendly service and ample menu and wine list. Recommended for quick coffee or full meal.

2 Thank Loreen B
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We were on our way back from Hanmer Springs, it was a snowy Spring day when we woke up and about 7 degC when we arrived in Amberly for a morning coffee... it was bliss to walk into this gorgeous little cafe with it's fire roaring and lovely warm inviting atmosphere, and an absolute bonus to discover homemade gf &... More 

2 Thank Tania C
New Zealand
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24 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We stopped for lunch on a business trip. We had the 3 course lunch menu. The price was amazing $20 for 3 courses, real value for money. The food was home made and of a high quality. The service was friendly and the service quick. Really enjoyed our meal there.

2 Thank NewZealandMolly
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Had a beautiful meal, perfectly presented and cooked. Venison Loin melted in mouth. Would recommend to everyone. Get involved.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The atmosphere was a bit quiet and neutral , the open fire is a saviour, and the restaurant could close off some of the areas to create a bit more privacy. The food was delivered promptly and venison was very tasty with an outstanding berry jus .

1 Thank GAW198
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536 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I called in here with local friends while visiting the area recently. The cafe is a lovely place to pass a few hours and the food that we all ordered was quite lovely. Not too bad a wine selection either. Certainly worth stopping off if you are in the area.

2 Thank ozvpm_andy
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115 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped on the way to Chch for a quick eggs bene and was thrilled to see the high standard remains after a change of ownership. Eggs were exceptional, bacon cooked to perfection, toast crisp, eggs runny and gooey. If I was being pedantic I would say the hollandaise could've done with a touch more lemon juice as it was slightly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
  • Phone Number: 03 314 9411

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bar, Cafe, International, Pub, New Zealand


Open Hours
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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