We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Up the Garden Path

Certificate of Excellence
$$
Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Dessert, New Zealand
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
03 528 9588
Website
Add hours for Up the Garden Path and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Originally a private residence, The home that would become Up the Garden...
Originally a private residence, The home that would become Up the Garden Pathwas built around 1910 by Cecil and Mina Talbot.In 2004 the property assumed its current formwith the addition of the main hall, gallery andcommercial kitchen. First known as an art venue,Up the Garden Path soon earned a reputationfor outstanding dining, coffee and service whileremaining true to its roots in the art world.Today the café-gallery supports many localartists and provides a welcoming havenfor residents and visitors alike.Thank you for joining us.
read more
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 110 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 67
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food & service in rustic cottage

So much to enjoy about this place - lots of choice on the menu from a range of cabinet food with plenty of sweet treats, to delicious breakfast and lunch options. A gallery out the back featuring a wide variety of local art, as well as art all around the cafe and in the garden. Even a specially... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Kiwischch
,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
Add Photo Write a Review

110 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

So much to enjoy about this place - lots of choice on the menu from a range of cabinet food with plenty of sweet treats, to delicious breakfast and lunch options. A gallery out the back featuring a wide variety of local art, as well as art all around the cafe and in the garden. Even a specially built play... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Romsey, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Trip adviser again found us a fantastic place to relax & eat excellent food. Up the garden path is truly delightful, just a few hundred metres out of the main drag towards Nelson. The garden itself is delightful with tables and umbrellas for shade. We stopped for lunch and were seated on the veranda again with much needed shade. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Dudley B, Good day from Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery! We are very glad that Trip Advisor assisted you in finding the cafe and you had such a lovely experience with your family! We built the playground last year, as we realized that the little ones have lots of energy and get bored easily....with a bit of... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Sadly first and last visit to be honest, everything was fantastic about the cafe, food was tasty, service was great, awesome atmosphere it was just really poor value for money!!!. It had a neat wee playground so our son had a lovely time while we ate....(he was too busy exploring!) but, I found it to be very over priced for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Gemma R, We are appreciative of the recent review that you submitted on Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery. It is always good to hear that our guest enjoy themselves while visiting us! You commented on the lovely atmosphere, your child's fascination of the playground, and the professionalism of our staff and chef. Looks like we ticked all... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Had breakfast here. Really nice atmosphere with lovely garden outside and plenty of interest inside with lots of artwork and jewellery on display for sale. Good menu with something for everyone including gluten free options. Friendly staff and good service. Enjoyed the food. Recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Antipodean Genes, Hello from Motueka and thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery. In your review, you mentioned the art work in the gallery catching your attention. All of the art work in the gallery is by local artist, with a few exceptions. We are blessed with an... More 

Motueka, New Zealand
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had a lovely lunch here in the peaceful gardens great staff friendly and efficient. Food was delicious

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear 3 loraine, Hello from Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery! Thank you for your recent review of your meal. We are always appreciative of guest who take the time to let us know how we are doing. You commented on the "lovely lunch, delicious food, the great staff anf the peaceful garden," in such a complimentary way! It... More 

New Zealand
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Only popped in for morning coffee and a cake but it is a lovely place and the garden setting is lovely on a sunny day with the cicadas making their noise, it reminded me of the Mediterranean. Food that was served to other customers looked great but our coffee and cake was good as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Nomadsnomore, Hello from Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery in Motueka! We are so glad that you had a review-worthy time in the garden, enjoying house made cakes and coffee! This property with gardens and room to just let go and relax, are some of the reasons that we found this property so attractive. Outdoor dining in the... More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lovely garden and food. The coffee and cake are superb. Like the atmosphere and of course not far from town.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Val L, Good day and thank you for your lovely review of Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery, here in Motueka, NZ! To receive such a sweet review is music to our ears. Taking the time to make excellent desserts and choosing the best coffee (in our opinion) the area has to offer are a good basis for... More 

Asia
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us as the best in town, and it definitely is. We had lunch today and the food was extremely tasty --- the service impeccable -- and the atmosphere in the garden fantastic. We were seated near the kitchen and as we saw the orders coming out they looked so good we were second guessing our... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Dear Inukshukasia, Good day from Motueka, NZ and thank you for your glowing review of Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery. I have taken a moment to review your profile, as i noticed that you are a very well travelled individual, and consistently place reviews of international hospitality establishments on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased that you had... More 

Wellington
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A favourite Chow Down place for our motorcycle group is “Up the Garden Path” Café in Motueka. Recently we dropped in to refuel after a ride through the Moutere Hills. Things have changed at Up the Garden Path, well sort of. Management has changed but not the owners – go figure. We digested that fact and ordered our lunches. On... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Hello Ralph 777051, Greetings from Motueka! Thank you for the great review of Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery! Wow, you really covered all the bases...so happy that you and your riding mates stopped in to join us, last week. We are always eager to hear what our patrons have to say about their experiences with us. We truly... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

It's hard to see in past the high fence, but thankfully my wife wouldn't take no for an answer! The cafe is right on the Great Taste Cycleway and great for a coffee and a snack (probably more, but that's all we had). Lovely shady garden and indoor area with local artworks for sale. Friendly service and delicious coffee. We... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

dear roving food-e, hello and thank goodness for the wife refused to take "no" for an answer...yes, we are behind that mysterious wall at the intersection of highway 60 and courtney street. Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery is a bit off the beaten track, and despite the garden wall, folks do discover us! thank you for taking the... More 

Travelers who viewed Up the Garden Path also viewed

Motueka, Nelson-Tasman Region
Motueka, Nelson-Tasman Region
 
Motueka, Nelson-Tasman Region
Motueka, Nelson-Tasman Region
 

Been to Up the Garden Path? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: 03 528 9588

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 24
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Mediterranean, Dessert, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating

Description

Originally a private residence, The home that would become Up the Garden Pathwas built around 1910 by Cecil and Mina Talbot.In 2004 the property assumed its current formwith the addition of the main hall, gallery andcommercial kitchen. First known as an art venue,Up the Garden Path soon earned a reputationfor outstanding dining, coffee and service whileremaining true to its roots in the art world.Today the café-gallery supports many localartists and provides a welcoming havenfor residents and visitors alike.Thank you for joining us.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Up the Garden Path and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Christchurch, New Zealand
3 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Up the Garden Path staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?