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The Woolshed Cafe

2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
+64 6-329 3295
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“egg bene” (2 reviews)
“bacon burger” (2 reviews)
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
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11 - 20 of 148 reviews

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Delicious cabinet food and a lovely setting with plenty of outside parking. The younger customer service staff were very friendly and pleasant. However the more mature staff member manning the till could do with some customer service training.

Thank RobinW2012
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Just nice simple food set in a rustic old barn setting with a lovely roaring farm to keep you warm in the winter.

Thank Penny H
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Great food, coffee, service, bathroom. Don't miss it! One of our regular stops between Tauranga and Wellington.

Thank Youtoo2013
Alan P, Manager at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Thank you Youtoo, always striving for this for sure, thank you for the support!

Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

When you travel from Wellington to Hamilton through State Highway 1, you will not miss this place. If one just takes a glance at this cafe, one may not feel interested to visit. However, one should stop by and come inside, and feels the great...More

Thank Benny G
Alan P, Owner at The Woolshed Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Hi Benny, your review is most positive and welcome!! Travel safely my friend.

Reviewed 23 July 2018

...food and service - not so much. On approaching the Woolshed my anticipation was high for a nice lunch out. The place looks rustic and interesting - it is what it says on the box! A lovely rural setting just off the main highway, plenty...More

Thank Beth M
Reviewed 2 July 2018

This was my second visit to this cafe with my sister and just as good. Sister suggested it as it has a good range of gluten free options for her. Was fairly quiet so service was quick from the kitchen, nicely presented and tasty.

Thank Adiie50
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely people and good wholesome food with flavour. Lots of gf options in the cabinet. Enjoyable, quick and lovely atmosphere.

Thank Ross B
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Great venue roaring log fire, good coffee and meals were pretty good. Younger staff friendly but the senior lady was very unwelcoming. Will try again for sure. Please smile:)

Thank Jo K
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Visited this cafe as it was recommended to us. Friendly staff and very quick service. Great variety of food. We had morning tea of orange and almond cake and it was delicious. Coffee was very nice and very hot. Lovely atmosphere but found it a...More

Thank Lynne033
Reviewed 5 May 2018

Last visit here we didn’t stay as it was packed on a holiday weekend. This time was much quieter and the service and food were great. The glass of wine and beer were served at the counter for us to take to our table very...More

Thank silverthreads101
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Questions & Answers
20 September 2016|
Response from Alan P | Property representative |
Hi, yes. We have ashtrays on some of the outside tables, anywhere there is no roof is okay for smoking. Thank you Alan.
5 September 2016|
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Response from Alan P | Property representative |
Hi there, not a complete GF menu no, we have GF options on our main menu for around a third of the dishes and try to always have 2 GF options in the cabinet. Thank you for the enquiry and have a nice day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 13
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2861 State Highway 1, Sanson 4479, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Sanson
  • Phone Number: +64 6-329 3295
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