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Punakaiki Tavern

$$ - $$$
Bar, New Zealand
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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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We called into this restaurant to eat after a long journey. The restaurant was quiet. We did not enjoy our food - it was frozen food, cooked and the fish was small portions. A disappointment after being in a lovely area. This restaurant close to a camp site and Punakaiki Rocks had a great location.

Thank JOHN2UK2016
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were staying in the campsite behind the Tavern, the menu is great 'pub food' pizza, fish and chips, steak...TV, pool table and lovely out door seating if the weather is kind.

Thank katyguest2016
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As house guests at the Tavern we really appreciated the great hospitality and a good steak after a day of travel.....should also say we were pretty impressed that the hotel room was fully accessible too!

Thank tokerauwai
Karratha, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little country town pub, delicious beef burger. Kitchen closes at 9pm, we arrived just in time and very very hungry. We were not disappointed with our meal!

Thank 56ekay
St Albans, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Positives- staff were friendly and there's a nice garden Negatives- food is all frozen or re-heated as far as I could see. Would struggle to find anything on that menu that was home cooked which is such a shame as the produce all over the rest of NZ is top quality. Feels like a complete rip off shop- food is... More 

Thank gengens
Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in for a bite to eat after walking from our accomodation! Staff were super friendly and welcoming. This is kiwi hospitality at its best! Meals were basic but tasty and filling! Beer was good and the fire was warming and welcoming.

Thank HelgenB
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the lodge beside the Tavern, we ate here twice and it wasn't the best quality food, ok the burger was good but can you fail doing a burger? It was also very expensive compared to what you got. I had a pasta with tomato sauce and cheese (picture) that and a glass of beer sat me back... More 

Thank Tobias M
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited in August we returned again in December and it was even better the second time. Great people, gorgeous backdrop, wonderful garden bar setting and if you want some delicious hot pub food, they have you sorted! Would personally add this to the 'Must Visit' list for the West Coast! If I lived here this would be somewhere I'd... More 

Thank 760augustag
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of history. Busy place but lots of inside and outside dining. Fast service with country hospitality. Food has been the same and delicious each time, 6 months apart. Accommodation available

Thank Steve A
The Netherlands
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very much disappointed. Having driven five hours, our stomachs were growling and our eyes were scouring the land for a café to satisfy our desires. Alas, long waiting times, outlandish prices and lacklustre food was all we were served. The Punakaiki Tavern was a huge disappointment. As if to rub salt in the wound, we saw the chef handling a... More 

Thank Oskar H

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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
USD 4 - USD 28
Bar, New Zealand
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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