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Talisman Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand
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Karangahake Gorge | SH2, Karangahake Gorge, Waihi, New Zealand
+64 7-862 8306
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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175 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This cafe hasn't changed much over the years. I have been there a number of times over the last 20 years or more as we often go walking in the area. The decore is the same, the cabinet food is okay, nothing spectacular but the service is pretty good and the outdoor seating area is lovely. Went there again today... More 

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Thank fortunatefew
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a snack after a tramp, such a beautiful secret garden, unfortunately we were unable to Walk around it because of the rain. Good food, service was a little slow, but didn't bother us as we were taken in by the beautiful views. Lovely spot to stop in when traveling or to relax after a tramp.

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Thank Kathy C
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place only survives because there is nothing else around. Service is unfriendly and very slow. The prices are ridiculous for ordinary food and the place looks like it needs a good clean.

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Thank Tony K
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here for breakfast but found the service slow and coffee ordinary. I had a very old fashioned and not that wonderful breakfast. Few choices on the menu that appealed. I felt it was not worth the $ paid

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Thank Suanne H
Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whow! So much happening to make this an extremely NOT recommended place. Walking in it was beautiful and we thought we found a hidden gem, but alas half the menu not available, customer service even worse. Coffee not recommended. Cabinet food looked good and if customer service was better, we would have considered buying from it. Do not expect food... More 

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Thank EMyburgh
York, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Found this cafe on our last trip to New Zealand a few years ago and stopped again this February when we were in New Zealand. Great coffee and cake, served by friendly staff.

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Thank Michael C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

as a vegetarian I was so excited to see such a great menu and to feel like I'm was eating something decent. This place really stood out for me. The spinach and feta filo was fantastic. The Mocha was ok. Sitting outside in the garden was the best!

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Thank TruthfulReviews_08
Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Wanted to walk the track at the Karangahake Gorge so we decided to have a coffee and checked out the Talisman Cafe. Interesting place with lots of historical information and photos of the former Mining Town. Coffee was good and the sweet pumpkin loaf was delicious.

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Thank Michael B
Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We stopped for a coffee on our way through the magnificent Gorge. The coffee was fine and my apple and date cake was very nice but it was the surroundings that were amazing and it was worth it just for this. The garden had amazing carved fences and an enormous lump of pink quartz and a petrified tree trunk. Inside... More 

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Thank Maggie M
Waihi, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

So much to see here. Very interesting and opposite the Karangahake Gorge parking areas with lots of great walks.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karangahake Gorge | SH2, Karangahake Gorge, Waihi, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waihi
  • Phone Number: +64 7-862 8306

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