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“Delightful oasis on the Wanganui River” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lauren's Lavender Farm

Lauren's Lavender Farm
River Rd | RD1, Taumarunui, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 10 Restaurants in Taumarunui
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Havelock North, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Delightful oasis on the Wanganui River”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Day 4 of our FWA "Epic Adventure" Ron and Karen of Taumarunui Jet Boat and Canoe Hire brought us to Lauren's for lunch. It was perfect: beautiful setting, wonderful hospitality, lovely fresh food, good range of beverages and retail therapy all in one package. Would highly recommend it as a place to stop on a road or river trip.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yealmpton, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“A beautiful oasis along Forgotten World Highway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Absolutely fabulous stop for coffee and cake and totally unexpected. Can sit overlooking river in delightful gardens, including both formal gardens and lavender fields. Really friendly owners.

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Hawera, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Friendly service in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Do make the time to call in- great coffee and food in beautiful surroundings- the lavender was in full bloom when we were here, and it smelt and looked fabulous. Lauren was very welcoming, and greatly added to our happy experience.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Luxurious lavender retreat on the Forgotten World Highway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We'd seen the sign to the lavender farm from the jet boat on the Whanganui River. "Poodle" (the jet boat driver) recommended we visit, so we headed back up the Forgotten World Highway to check it out after our tour. The lavender was in full bloom - bees of all sizes were happily dipping between the blossoms. We were warmly welcomed and ordered two coffees and some biscuits to eat. It was late afternoon, and the hostess suggested we take our coffees to a special seat beyond the lavender that overlooked the Whanganui river. She put everything onto a tray and we wandered over.
Lauren's Lavender Cafe is a delightful retreat on the Forgotten World Highway. Watching the Whanganui river go by was extremely relaxing. When we finished our coffee we walked through parts of the lavender garden. The plants are well-established and it's a haven for local bees. There is also a shop at the cafe selling a wide range of lavender products, but they'd sold out of the sought-after lavender honey. This is not a cheap country cafe, but the quality of the products offered is well worth the price. Stop and smell the lavender. It's worth it.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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“Great lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Had Christmas lunch there. Great atmosphere, yummy lunch. Also stopped for a well deserved coffee when canoeing down the river. Seriously yummy carrot cake! The lavender is in bloom.

Visited December 2013
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