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Caves Motor Inn Restaurant

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728 State Highway 3 | RD 5 TeKuiti, Waitomo Caves 3985, New Zealand
+64 7-873 8109
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41 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I chose this restaurant because it was closest to my motel (I was not staying here) This motel is on the main highway and attracts truckers. The car park was full of lorries. The restaurant is upstairs and there is no lift. Other customers were all truckers. The room overlooks the highway and was rather noisy. The food was good... More 

Thank female-tourist
Ipswich, Australia
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196 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Being a stopover for truckies you expect wholesome filling food...and you get that at this restaurant. Restaurant seemed a little run down and we had a bit of a concern with the back entrance to the restaurant as the walkway seemed to need a bit of repair (the back entrance from the accommodation area). If you are after good wholesome... More 

Thank scorps_sting
Singapore, Singapore
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49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed a night at the Caves Motor Inn. Heard the food is good so we decided to experience it for ourselves, even though we already had dinner. We were not disappointed! The garlic bread is to-die-for! The soup of the day (leek, potato and bacon) with crusty bread is very good - just the right consistency. The curry of... More 

Thank Dawn L
Tauranga, New Zealand
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Went in the mid afternoon so had the place almost to ourselves. All the kai we ordered was excellent. Coffe was actually good and hot. Everything looked very clean. Out the back on the lawn were chooks and roosters running wild and hungry. Plenty of sheet to pet so a good stroll for the kids. No chocolate dip!

Thank myscha
Moscow, Russia
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53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

We were recommended this restaurant by our hosts, and they were not wrong: they serve great lamb shanks! The service is very fast, it's warm and comfortable and the view on the hills comes free!

Thank Maria K
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Everything you'd expect in a traditional old time NZ buffet. I attended a club dinner and we were well looked after. There was only a couple of couple of concerns. It was a dark winters night and the entrance off the highway is not lit at all and difficult to find. I had traffic approaching while I was trying to... More 

Thank KiwiBarry
Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

Highly recommend , lovely motel. great service and very clean , and run my folk that really seem to care about there guests , and it was topped of with a really great breakfast , most impressed and hopefully will return

1 Thank lenalost
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for a couple of nights with our 4 children (aged 11 months through to 9yo) last month. Our room had an adequate motel kitchenette and comfortable beds as well as more spare floor space than other motels we have stayed at in the past in at least 2 other countries. We ordered breakfast on the last day... More 

Thank Meg M
Sydney, Australia
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313 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

The food at the restaurant is delicious, hearty and filling. The serving sizes are very decent. We had the Lamb shank, chicken and steak, all of which were fantastic. We would have loved to have dessert but were full. The service was also very good.

1 Thank Matt G
Hervey Bay, Australia
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

Enjoyed the lamb shank which was served up with a flaky pastry top. Noticed a couple of truckies who were also enjoyng the meal portions.

1 Thank Macaranga

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 728 State Highway 3 | RD 5 TeKuiti, Waitomo Caves 3985, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves
  • Phone Number: +64 7-873 8109
Our restaurant offers an enchantingly great range of meals & beverages, with great service & quality food at affordable prices with value for money.Relaxed family dining, or intimate dining for two.Open for night dinning Monday - Saturday (open on Sundays in the summer months)Great venue for weddings& special occasions, functions & Conferences. We also have out an outstanding Out Catering Service.- Classique Caterers.

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