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Punakaiki Tavern

€€ - €€€
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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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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Wellington, New Zealand
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225 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Popped in a for cheeky beer at the Punakaiki Tavern. The place was an interesting mix of old South and new South all mixed into one. The horses out the front were fun and the goldfish pond and garden area out the back was nice in the sunshine. Overall: Good stop and a licensed alcohol supplier at reasonable prices.

Thank Lsas26
Newcastle, Australia
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped for a coffee, asked for a long black with some milk on the side. Coffee was great ...nice place to sit and enjoy coffee with the fish swimming in the pond. Plenty of information available as well

Thank Da_Dutchy_64
Collaroy Beach, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good meal and huge dessert! Fascinating map on the wall with pins marking where all the visitors had come from - amazing diversity, and so many of them.

Thank Nancy P
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tavern is a pleasant enough, crowded space with a limited range of beers. My salmon was very good, but I think the other meal;s I saw were once gain, just standard. Service was cheerful but no more so than in other New Zealand establishments.

Thank Peter T
Lorraine R, Owner at Punakaiki Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments ,much appreciated. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner ordered the Caeser Salad that according to the menu came with bacon and anchovies but asked for it without the bacon. What arrived were some limp lettuce leaves and no anchovies. We asked when paying what had happened to the anchovies I was told quite abruptly that they were in the dressing. I ordered fish with mashed potato.... More 

Thank Jon A
Lorraine R, Owner at Punakaiki Tavern, responded to this review

It states very clearly on the menu that the Anchovies are in the dressing, as for the fish we sell far to many to pre batter frozen fillets, (as thats how they would come) each day our selves. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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194 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for beer. Sell beer to take-away as no other places to get groceries in the city. Expensive ~ $20 for 6 pack but no other options so appreciative they would sell so we could get back to hotel to enjoy sunset with a pizza. Very friendly staff.

Thank Jake K
Littleton, Colorado
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114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And that's about it. If you want a sandwich or pizza or fires or something, they can whip that up, but don't be looking for fancy or trying to accommodate all your little dietary foibles at a place like this.

Thank MattR224
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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150 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bartender was very friendly and the food was very good. The inside is very eclectic and fun. The outside grounds were very picturesque as well.

Thank RichZiegler
Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I went here for dinner after doing the Heaphy track (a 4 day tramp) I was after a nice pub meal but got heated packet food. I got the fish burger expecting fresh fish considering the west coast is known for its fishing except it was a battered fish filet from a box. My partner got the... More 

Thank Janellebatea
Manchester, United Kingdom
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319 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There aren't many alternatives here if you are staying locally. We went on a Saturday night so it was crowded but the service was well organised and pleasant. Two of us had the steak and four the fish and chips. The steak and chips was fine if expensive but the fish was described as 'unpleasant'.

Thank Nick T

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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
US$4 - US$27
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?