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Up the Garden Path

473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
03 528 9588
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Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Motueka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $24
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Mediterranean, New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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.

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Collingwood, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Driving out highway 60 i stopped at MOTUEKA and ask the attendant where i could find a good breakfast in town. She gave me "UP THE GARDEN PATH"as one of the best in town so i went there and found the staff treated me like a long lost relative and made me eggs and bacon with a beer bread that... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went to lunch at this cafe after going for a unplanned drive to Motueka. The food was great, particularly the Vietnamese chicken salad but the service was outstanding. Great, attentive and pleasant staff. So nice to enjoy a wine with the lunch outside in the garden and then wander around the art gallery.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Lovely location nice sitting out in the garden. Good selection of food and great coffee. This is my favourite cafe in motueka well worth a visit

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Oh my gosh! What an amazing compliment! To name Up the Garden Path Cafe as your favorite, lets us know that we are doing a good job, which incidentally is part of our mission statement and philosophy that we share with our front and back of the house team. We consistently strive to make every customer's visit a positive one.... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This place was a good surprise! We were on our way to kaiteriteri and we saw the sign for this place. It was lunch time and we decided to stop. It was a very good decision. A place where you eat amazing food surrounded by plants and art.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments on Up the Garden Path Cafe and Gallery. Many times, we find our little road sign does a good job of letting folks know we are tucked away here. We appreciate you stopping and giving us a try. So happy that we were a good choice for your lunch time meal, in the garden,... More 

Aarau, Switzerland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We really enjoyed our lunch here, the place was packed and we only just found a table. The food was very good and the staff friendly and attentive. It is slightly out of town and the house and surrounding is beautiful if only you couldn't hear the road. But never the less absolutely worth visiting.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

thank you for your kind words...yes, we are busy this time of year. so glad you joined us for a meal. unfortunately, there was road noise, mostly from the urban improvements underway. thankfully, this work will be completed very soon. we are delighted to know you had a lovely time with us here at Up the Garden Path. Cheers! More 

Waikanae, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A fabulous "up the garden path" setting greets you as you enter through the garden gate. A very friendly, warm welcome into a homely atmosphere with great service. How did we miss this awesome cafe on our way through Motueka 4 days earlier!! We relaxed with a late afternoon coffee and cake - the best carrot cake ever and great... More 

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Thank you for your commnets on our cafe and the carrot cake. All the cabinet food and desserts are house made with the best quality ingredients. for instance the carrot cake is made with local organic carrots, which are hand prepped for the cake, local farm free range eggs and other wholesome items. When it comes to our home made... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Stopped in for a late lunch and coffee. This cafe has a very nice garden setting.The carrot cake looked great (bursting with carrot, walnut, raisins etc ingredients) so gave it a try. It was one of the best Ive had other than the topping a bit too thick and a bit sweet.. The coffee was also good and the service... More 

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The house made carrot cake is having a delicious week of reviews. We are happy that you had a pleasant experience with us, during this holiday season. we do work very hard to see that our service, food and coffee are top notch. we appreciate your kind words. Cheers! More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The chicken on the Vietnamise salad was very small. This was not a cheap option from the menue. Other members of the family had satisfactory lunch time meals. Service was very good though.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

We are sad to hear that your experience here was diappointing, as far as your meal was concerned. We continuously strive to give our customers the best variety of meals for the dollar. Happy to hear that the rest of your party enjoyed themselves and our service was good. We hope you will return and try our cafe again...please let... More 

Motueka, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My wife and myself went there for lunch and both of us really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere of this delightful cafe.

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words...we are very happy that you and your wife enjoyed yourselves. Happy New Year! More 

Wallacetown
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This Cafe/Bar came highly recommended and was everything we wanted and more. This hidden we gem on the main road into Motueka is definitely a must. We only had morning tea there the Savoury muffins were to die for. I felt like I was on Masterchef pulling the muffin apart trying to work out the ingredients and the coffee was... More 

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Garden Path C, Owner at Up the Garden Path, responded to this review

Happy New Year! Summer is such a busy time for us...so happy that we ticked all the right boxes! Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review. Cheers! More 

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Additional Information about Up the Garden Path

Address: 473 High St., Motueka, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 528 9588
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
Average Prices: USD 4 - 24
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Mediterranean, New Zealand

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