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Punakaiki Tavern

$$ - $$$
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016

We were there staying at he camp ground and its a short walk to the tavern and the best place for a meal or a beer. (or both) The meals were great, the service lightening fast the staff warm and friendly. The kitchen was going flat out and the meals were coming out thick and fast and the quality was... More 

Thank Craig N
Woodstock, Illinois
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2016

We assumed we would be looking at pub type food and were surprised to find a very eclectic menu. My wife is vegetarians and had some interesting dishes at this eatery. It's not fancy but the food was excellent and prices reasonable. Good beer and wine selection as well.

Thank MikeKWoodstock
Sydney, Australia
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54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

The only drinking hole in town. A very average pub that stops serving food other than snacks at 3pm. So all that's available are pies, chips or nachos. They refuse to even make a toasted sandwich? How hard is that?

1 Thank Nimmo45
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a hearty meal and beers at this local pub. Really friendly staff, good food & drink. Interesting nick-jacks adorn the walls and locals come and go. Like all things in Punakaiki this feels like a great window into the real New Zealand

Thank FattieBoo
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

We really were surprised to find such a great pub on this somewhat remote part of the country. Great Western style decor with good solid Timber chairs and tables. Staff were friendly and service was good. A very nice spot to break the journey.

Thank Peter G
Punakaiki, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2016

We have had fantastic experiences of pub meals in NZ so happily went to the Punakaiki Tavern (it was also in our Lonely Planet suggestions to eat). We ordered the pasta as it was a vegetarian dish promising a delicious tomato and herb sauce with cheese. What we got was a HUGE dish of fettuccine pasta with a great slab... More 

2 Thank Kathy-from-Melbourne
new zealand
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692 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2016

Stopped here for dinner on the way back from the Pancake rocks. The pub was very busy with a neat atmosphere. The food was hit and miss. As an example the steak was very good but some of the seafood appeared to come straight out of frozen packs and just deep fried. The pub has a neat atmosphere with pool... More 

1 Thank thesmdm
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75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2016

We stayed here for one night when visiting the Pancake Rocks. Lovely welcoming bar with friendly staff. Rooms compact but comfy, nice towel decorations on arrival! Beds comfortable, but a bit cramped in the rooms. Nice and quiet with parking outside your room. Food in the bar was poor, really basic, the sausages in the sausage and mash were like... More 

1 Thank melooarnie
New South Wales, Australia
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156 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2016

We stopped by this tavern twice on the way back from our local adventures and enjoyed a drink and some food in pleasant surroundings

Thank Eliza2B
Nelson, New Zealand
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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2016

This is the best place ever for eating breakfast. If you're going to visit the West Coast of New Zealand then you wont be dissapointed. Worth it!!! Plentiful and so good and the staff is sooooo friendly! I had the BIG Kiwi breakfast and my partner enjoyed the eggs benedict - SO FRESH Look forward to my next visit to... More 

1 Thank StevenPotts

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $27
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Punakaiki
  • Phone Number: 6464647311188
The type of cuisine is "Bistro or "tavern" with a variety of Bar meals. Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner. + Bar Snacks.8 Am 9 pm.

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