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Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli

Certificate of Excellence
New Zealand, European
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State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on out way out of town for a quick lunch. Had a delicious Lamb shank pie and couscous salad. However carrot cake had not been mixed properly so ended up with a mouthful of baking soda. Not particularly enjoyable. Overall, having visited many times, this place is very conveniently located but often just misses the mark as... More 

Thank Gabbyaddy
Canterbury, NZ
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124 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a coffee enroute north and after seeing their cabinet treats couldn't resist sharing an afghan. There were far more delectable looking treats but we left those for another day. The coffee was excellent, the barista was in training so we were really impressed. The afghan was nice, plenty of cocoa making it nice and dark but we... More 

Thank TischlerAndHubby
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for a casual quick lunch on the way to Hanmer. Vegetarian scone was extremely tasty but the berry muffin a little light on fruit and slightly overcooked. Coffee was great but they don't know the difference between a flat white and a latte. Would call in again

Thank Bella-lee2
south island
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful choices. Excellent service. Group of 4 girls, 3 of us had eggs benedict 1 had pancakes which she reckons were up there with the best. Egg benedict was lovely only complaint wod be that when you ask for hard eggs they always still come out runny. Aside from that great place to stop.

Thank carefreekiwi
Nelson, New Zealand
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We stopped here for coffee and cake on way back to Nelson. Always wanted to stop here as had made one of their recipes that I found in a book for Pukeko Chocolate cake and it was delecious. We had great coffee and the Rhubarb and Walnut cake was delicious, even though they were very busy it came out within... More 

Thank pauldeb_13
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

I've been here before and even though it was a couple of years ago it is still just as good. Friendly staff, good food, plenty choice and the best coffee I've had for ages. Can't wait till I'm back through here in September.

Thank NZJulz
Christ Church Parish, Barbados
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

I took an elderly group there and the manageress and staff catered for our every need, sizing the meals just right for the seniors. The service was EXCELLENT, and the food was cabinet food tailored to size and combinations to suit. When we went there the second time, the service and food were "only" very, very good, but we will... More 

Thank CaptainCompass
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Stopped here with my partner for breakfast on Friday morning, on our way to Hanmer. I had the eggs bene and opted to try the toasted scone base, for a change. My partner had bacon & eggs on toast. Both meals came out looking amazing and very generous in the bacon servings - and in size. Our coffees were top... More 

Thank muriel143
Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Would love to find a worthwhile eating place open most hours to break the journey north from Christchurch. Tried this place. Won't be returning sorry guys. Your selection is dominated by a fridge full of cakes. Does nothing for my blood sugar levels and management should be ashamed of themselves encouraging a high sugar hit with quite frankly very little... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I have been working near Pukeko Junction for the last couple of weeks so I popped in most days for coffee and their amazing savoury scone. Over the years I have visited Pukeko Junction because the service, coffee and food are always good. The cabinet food is amazing and well priced.I would highly recommend this cafe to anyone who is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$3 - $15
New Zealand, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Leithfield
  • Phone Number: 6433148834
The Peoples Choice winner in the NZ Cafe of the Year 2016 for the Canterbury Region, awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014, 2015, 2016 and featured in the Lonely Planet, Pukeko Junction Cafe & Deli is a must stop on your travels. The delicious food is all made in house, from the bread to the tarts, cakes, sauces and fresh salads. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with local free range eggs, their knock out seafood chowder or from the deli, a lamb shank pie or goats cheese tart with beetroot chutney. The baking selection features goodies such as apple, walnut & cinnamon rolls, rhubarb & walnut cake or lemon slice with a dollop of cream. Sip on expertly made hummingbird coffee or one of the local, Waipara wines by the log fire or outside with country views.

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