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Kahu Cafe

68 Airport Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 3-438 9821
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“lamb shank” (2 reviews)
“lounge chairs” (2 reviews)
“great food” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, International, European, Healthy, Wine Bar
$$ - $$$
68 Airport Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Its a 20 min walk from town but definitely worth it. The food is much more interesting than the pub grub served in town. Its great value and the service is charming.

Thank David O
Reviewed March 1, 2017

Frequented by gliding enthusiasts but great place for all visitors serving nice selection of light meals and cafe fare. Overlooking airport, you can be seated under cover in a comfy sofa and enjoy your coffee, snack or meal. Definitely seemed to be the best place...More

1  Thank cyt79
Reviewed January 13, 2017

There are very few places to eat in Omarama and most provide the usual array of pub meals or light meals. Kahu Cafe has a small menu but the dishes are nicely balanced in flavor and tasty. The service is very good. I was impressed...More

2  Thank Kathy H
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Coffee was ok. Food selection was poor and didn't look fresh. Cafe atmosphere was cosy. Owner was friendly.

Thank Farzad P
Reviewed January 7, 2017

A charming venue to hangout in while waiting for your glider schedule or simply to pass the time in beautiful Omarama. Sofas and inviting lounge chairs were nicely interspersed amongst the dining tables...... the atmosphere was warm, relaxed and friendly encouraging guests to chat with...More

1  Thank happytraveller523
Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Great food, service, vibe. Fantastic European home cooked food. We had the shrimp ceviche, Lamb shank, and Steak sald. Excellent taste. Welcoming alternative to Pub food.

2  Thank abreise
Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic little spot off the highway, the soup is amazing! Coffee is good too. Service was spot on!

2  Thank Gerard P
Reviewed December 5, 2016

Depends on your point of view - we wont be going back. Old furniture with no apologies, bed settees with ripped coversMore

Thank alanswatt
veronika_osko, Manager at Kahu Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2016

Yes, you are quite right, our outside design is quite old and rustic, actually the one armchair which is ripped is my personal favourite, I call it the "punk" armchair but every couch has its own story that's for sure. I hope you've found an...More

Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

A great little cafe restaurant located near the airfield and frequented by locals and airfield users with never a tourist bus in sight. The coffee is good and the food is literally cooked on site to order. The only down side is the seasonal nature...More

1  Thank Trevor M
Reviewed March 16, 2016

The Kahu is off the main highway at Omarama on the edge of the airfield next to a great camping ground set in the trees. The Kahu is quirky there are sofa's and comfy chairs - free good wifi and great coffee. Delicious healthy food...More

1  Thank Annie40404
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $34
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 68 Airport Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Omarama
  • Phone Number: +64 3-438 9821
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We are a boutique cafe, located at the lovely airfield of Omarama. The wonderful view of the Benmore Ranges, watching the gliding activity, or just enjoying the silence under the shade of our romantic willow tree, is our key features. We away from the main road, and away from mainstream tourism and tourist buses. No tv, no radio, but fine selection of music is played in the backround. We are also very biker friendly, as we are keen biker ourselves - also we offer helping hands/tools, even some basic replacement parts. Hope to see you around.
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