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Little River Cafe

Christchurch to Akaroa highway, Christchurch 7591, New Zealand
+64 3-325 1933
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good50%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“carrot cake” (7 reviews)
“frittata” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Christchurch to Akaroa highway, Christchurch 7591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We chose to go for breakfast here because it opened at 7.30 am, leaving Akaroa early before the buses arrived. Staff didn't seem pleased to see us and service was slow. Meal was fine though.

Thank Jane P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow do yourself a favour and have the lemon curd ice cream, it was one of the best ice creams I have ever had. Very friendly and helpful staff, my daughter had twisted her ankle and they gave us ice.

Thank MaxJane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thriving business probably for a reason. Great variety of good food on offer. I was there for morning tea and the date scone was generous and tasty warmed with butter. Almond milk available and happy to use my chai tea bag. Good service though the...More

Thank Nonapama
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful spot, really good cafe with very good coffee, general store and a gift shop plus an art gallery, this place has it all, inside outside seating, happy cheerful staff, really nice

Thank Euan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

In this small village, if you happen upon the cafe, you will find it full of people enjoying a wide variety of delicious treats and excellent coffee. There is an art shop attached a a pretty terrace to sit in as well.

Thank Judy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying nearby and stopped off here on the way to our accommodation. What a treat. Delicious food and a lovely garden to sit in. We came back the next day for breakfast. Highly recommend the carrot cake and ice cream... delicious!

Thank Bevelini
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this place on the way to Christchurch after a tip from a local in Akaroa and what a little treasure it is! Basic self-service café with all the usual beverages, as well as a huge selection of savoury snacks and mouthwatering cakes. We...More

Thank Katharine E
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

I love making Little River a stopping place! This café delights every time! Every time! The whole place is a wholesome, happy experience. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy the buzz of this café from any table. Service is quick, friendly and smart....More

Thank gunnfam
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on the way back from Akaroa. Lots of home made pies and the salads were great. The big breakfast was OK, I should have had the beef and mushroom pie with salads. Great lime-o-nade drink made in Nelson, very yummy....More

Thank Tonia v
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on the way to Akaroa. The line for coffee was too long for us to be tempted but the gallery was fantastic. Lots of local artists, a wide variety of works inside and out. I could have spent twice the time we...More

Thank Gaynor H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Christchurch to Akaroa highway, Christchurch 7591, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-325 1933
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