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Tarawera Cafe

Cafe, New Zealand, Fast Food
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Napier Taupo State Highway 5, Napier, New Zealand
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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chicago, IL
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We ran out of gas on the way to Napier because apparently we missed the station! Thankfully, Jim saved our trip with 10 liters of gas. So five stars for Jim.

Thank cessalee
Papamoa, New Zealand
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Great place to stop & watch the chopper take off with hunters. Beautiful views. Stopped off to break trip up from Tauranga to Napier. Next time will keep going & try one of the others. Cafe-not good Scone-cold, kept in chiller Asked for it with jam/cream The warmed it up, but turned it to rubber. Coffee-too hot Almond & plum... More 

Thank chantellemarieh
Napier, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

We were very impressed with the high standard of cleanliness in the café. Homemade food on offer was varied & of impressive standard. Service was prompt & efficient. Prices are at the upper end for a café but understandable due to the remoteness. It is however a great stopover between Taupo & Napier.

Thank cadogan2016
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

A stop off for tea! Couldn't resist the egg and bacon triple decker great value and consumed in front of a roaring log burner. Nice atmosphere here!

1 Thank BigDraw
Derby, United Kingdom
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496 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

We stopped of for a break as the cafe and views would be a relief from driving. Nothing is priced because it is a little expensive for cafe food. The service seems a bit chaotic therefore slow. The cake was lovely but the coffee a little bitter. We wished we had stayed in the RV and made our own.

Thank old_romantics_2000
Fanoe, Denmark
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

a nice stop restaurant, plenty of atmoshere, great service by SABRINA ! marie and jim have a g reat place

1 Thank robertpeel189533
Perth, Australia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Needed a mid-trip coffee and very quickly regretted pulling over for a takeaway coffee. I hate waste so forced myself to drink it. It was very weak and the milk was overheated. Conversely, the view was spectacular.

Thank amoeaba
Hamilton, New Zealand
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98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

What a crowd! The queue was almost out the door. It was a bit confusing if we were to plate up or just select and request at the counter. I think it was a mix of both, with hot items on request. There was a trio of younger Asian ladies who worked very quickly to process the crowd. Their English... More 

Thank Gavin6114
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Have stopped here on many occasions, looks like new owners. Food and service good, but pricey for somewhere in the middle of nowhere

Thank Rob K
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My wife and I were very hungry and decided to stop here for a bite. We went in and while my wife used the loo I went to check out the food. I wasn't expecting much as this place is in the middle of nowhere. The pies looked like 99c packet pies heated up in the microwave the previous day... More 

Thank DrEATS

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, New Zealand, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Napier Taupo State Highway 5, Napier, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
Located North of Napier on Napier Taupo State Highway 5

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?