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Bathhouse Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand
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1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-343 9410
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Food is poor and overpriced. Service is slow as. Surely someone could run an efficient cafe here in such a fab location with views over the Gardens. Feel sorry for the tourists who are being taken for a ride. Last time I went because it was convenient, coffee was cold, they muddled up our table's orders, and I had to... More 

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Thank NZNana
Hamilton New Zealand
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117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Housed in the Rotorua Museum building this is a charming little cafe. Kumera (local purple sweet potato) and blue cheese soup was amazing. Yummy flavour and colour. Served with slightly toasted rye. Yum! Cabinet and menu food available. Ideal for lunch or just coffee and scones. Heard the neighbouring table rave about the scones.

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Thank lesleychr
Whakatane, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Typical NZ cafe of the mid range style, great outside sitting environment especially on a sunny day. Food selection poor seeing it is part of one of the premier sites to visit in Rotorua.

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Thank Tony D
New Zealand
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69 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

It's hard to beat sitting in front of the Bathhouse and Museum watching people meander around the gardens and pétanque pitch. However, the cafe could definitely increase its food selection. A bit short on variety.

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Thank Ancdefgh987
Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016

We stayed at a close by hotel and chose to go here for a cooked breakfast each day as it was good and about half the price of the hotel. We went early (9-10AM) which meant the place wasn't packed with tourists yet :) Food could be done a little better, but met my expectations. Staff were lovely.

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Thank Wharangi
Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The food as fresh and quite tasty. It's nice to have a place in a museum where you can sit down and enjoy food and rest your feet.

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Thank 881virginia
Rotorua, New Zealand
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144 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Great hot chocolate in this little cafe, but sometimes the food options are a little limited. Only ever tried the counter food, so can't comment on their freshly prepared options. Lovely, convenient option for anyone visiting Rotorua's excellent museum and the beautiful Government Gardens.

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Thank LucysMumNz
Las Vegas
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

Wow, wow, wow! I find museum cafes to be sort of hit or miss...but the Bathhouse Cafe inside Rotorua Museum at the Government Gardens was a HIT!! Tired of hotel breakfast buffets, I decided to branch out & see what I could find in town. Drawn into the gardens yet again to take some pictures, I fell in love with... More 

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Thank lstein114
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Always nice to sit and have a coffee, but food is disappointing. Today nachos were soggy with large chunks of carrots, burger charred and chips too salty. Shame as this could be a great little cafe.

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Thank Arpad123
Wales
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395 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2015

I think we called at the wrong time, early to mid afternoon as they had very little on offer. The menu did look good but obviously we needed to get there earlier. It was very warm so we took our drinks outside and had to go and sit on a wall due to lack of seating. The setting is wonderful... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-343 9410

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?