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Colenso Country Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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Tairua Whitianga Rd, Tairua, New Zealand
+64 7-866 3725
10:00 - 17:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Pleasant stop. Food was fine. Frappe was fantastic. Service a bit slow when busy. Nice gardens to wander around.

Thank 123432156432977
Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us have been coming to this cafe for years around the summer holidays and we were looking forward to introducing some other friends to it. However it was very disappointing; poor service and the food mediocre, and with very limited gluten free options. They were also charging $3 for an avocado side when you can buy thema... More 

Thank Stephanie G
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love Colenso, great location, food, coffee ☕️ and staff. Salmon salad is yum 😊 Great quick service too even though it was busy.

Thank Sandie G
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are visiting or even passing through the Coromandel Peninsula a pit stop at Colenso should be mandatory. Be careful you don't drive right by though, it's set off the road in lovely, lush green grounds.With fruit trees, herbs and lovely flower gardens. You can easily get distracted in the fabulous gift shop on your way to order your... More 

Thank jcole2000
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot fault the food, location, setting, staff .... the perfect place to relax under a tree in a beautiful garden. Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan all catered for - if not directly on the menu they adapted dishes to suit us all. We could have happily sat there all day.

Thank raems3
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You really have to know about this cafe if you are driving south as you can easily speed past it. We had researched food outlets for our driving trip through this area, so were looking out for the sign, as the cafe itself is well hidden behind a big bank of trees. After parking, you walk through an orchard and... More 

Thank DP2610
Singapore, Singapore
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect stop in a lovely garden with yummy home made food (the humongous scone !) wifi and a playground for the little ones. Even the toilets were super nice ;-)

Thank loladela
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The food was lovely; wide choice for a small place. All home made & it showed. We had pepper and ricotta tart + fish pie + side salad; reasonably priced. Location was lovely & we were lucky to be able to sit comfortably outside in the sunshine. Beautiful gardens and an added bonus of a gift shop :) Would recommend... More 

Thank Richard M
Auckland, New Zealand
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Good service, yummy food and lovely place. Too close to the road, but the back garden is nice if you go with children. Highly recommended!

Thank Nimonemo
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

What a fabulous friendly country oasis. I popped in for a coffee and was tempted by the veggie frittata, fabulous decision! Very helpful staff explaining all the ingredients for my fodmap free daughter. I enjoyed a lovely peruse of their gift shop too and wandered through the gardens which were bursting forth with colour. A great selection of cakes available... More 

Thank RoSteve

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tairua Whitianga Rd, Tairua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-866 3725

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?