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Mainline Station Cafe

40 Old Main Road | Corner of State highway one and Hurunui mouth rd, Cheviot 7383, New Zealand
+64 21 135 3752
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  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
40 Old Main Road | Corner of State highway one and Hurunui mouth rd, Cheviot 7383, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on our way from Kaikoura to Christchurch after reading the TripAdvisor reviews. The service was very friendly and the food is excellent! The cafe is owned by a couple who are chefs I believe, and this is really reflected in the quality...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Shamir Z
Reviewed April 17, 2018

While out for a drive around Cheviot & Gore Bay we (a group of 4) stopped in at the Mainline for a coffee and some sustenance. We chose a variety of sweet things to give us the sugar hit we needed to get us through...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank iang229
Reviewed April 8, 2018

Attracted by the historic appearance in a nice setting we turned around for morning tea. Excellent friendly service accompanied by local information and topped off with wholesome food well presented. Our rest break lasted over an hour as we were so comfortable.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Gulfskipper
Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

We had two visits to the Mainline Station Cafe, one on the way north to Picton on a wet and cool day, the other on the way back south on a beautiful, sunny day. Top marks for customer service on both occasions, and for quality...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank iMunros
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We have been very impressed by the food in NZ but this was a real stand out for us. Lovely fresh home grown produce, beautifully presented. Very friendly staff. Interesting shop/second hand goods. Well worth stopping to refuel

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank LAHLAH50
Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

What an absolute treasure. We stopped in at this roadside establishment for a quick look-see and immediately loved it. Friendly, welcoming staff make you feel instantly comfortable. There is a modest but completely delicious selection of food options available for breakfast or lunch, sweet and...More

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank Emilie W
Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

Called in for lunch, lovely people all the staff were chatty and very pleasant. Food was presented beautifully with 3 different condiment on the side. Prices are the best in this neck of the woods more like the prices we are used to paying. Unlike...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank chuckrdickey
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

On our trips up and down the East Coast of the South Island we seldom pass by this cafe as the delicious food and fantastic coffee always entices us to sample more There is no question that your appetite will be well and truely kicked...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Spudsurfs
Reviewed January 30, 2018 via mobile

Breakfast was excellent. Eggs cooked to perfection :) Very well presented and everything tasted delicious. All of the cabinet food looked fresh and tasty. The surroundings are lovely. And service with a smile. You can’t get better than that. Thank you.

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank sarah p
Reviewed January 7, 2018

Went on a day trip to Kaikoura and stopped here for coffee and food. The PERFECT place to stop with a great outdoor seating area, excellent coffee and beautifully made and presented food. Worth a day trip for lunch.

Date of visit: January 2018
2  Thank Morrie2014
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Karen R
June 23, 2016|
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Response from ViralPoet | Reviewed this property |
Their normal opening hours mean they are closed on Tuesday. However they also shut during the winter from June to September. I don't think TA accommodates this detail but the cafe website does.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 7:15 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Old Main Road | Corner of State highway one and Hurunui mouth rd, Cheviot 7383, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Cheviot
  • Phone Number: +64 21 135 3752
  • E-mail
Cafe and gift shop offering delicious wholesome food made onsite, superb coffee and always great service with a smile! Inside, The cafe is oozing with nz railway memorabilia, outdoors is a quaint cottage garden to enjoy your stop in (weather permitting!) The cafe is surrounded by 2 acres of garden and a small lake, plenty of room for the family to stretch your legs in. Ample car parking for caravans and boats. The cafe is open seasonally, closing yearly over the winter months, from June 1st until early September. We look forward to seeing you here!
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