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Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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5087 Motueka Valley Highway, Tasman, Mapua, New Zealand
+64 3-522 4440
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to believe that there is such a nice cafe along SH6 between Golden Downs and Murchison; in fact it's right on the corner of the Motueka Valley HWay turnoff. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, good food and heaps of different areas to sit (indoors and out).

Thank Andrea B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We stopped here on our way to Hokitika and had some lunch. It was one of the best places we've eaten Lamb, Mussels, Eggs Benedict, and fresh homemade pastry. Coffee was perfect. Gotta stop here and get a taste of something if you're traveling on the westside of south island New Zealand, you won't regret it.

Thank Nathan K
Perth, Australia
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425 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Driving trough and stopped for lunch. Pleased we did good grub here. Fresh, homemade and friendly. Worth a stop. Nice setting too. Recommend

1 Thank Jill M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This is a great place to come for breakfast, lunch or just for coffee and cake. We come often for food that is always delicious and very reasonably priced, service is always with a smile and food served in a timely manner. It's nice and cosy in the winter with the fire going and in the summer the outside seating... More 

1 Thank Miranda2256
London, UK
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125 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for a break going between Christchurch and Nelson/Motueka. The cafe sits at the intersection of both roads which lead to Motueka or Nelson and the road from Lewis Pass. It's not as crowded as Murchison and is about an 50 minutes to Nelson/Motueka. No trucks stop here. Plus we found the cafes in Murchison average. Coffee was... More 

1 Thank utripmeup
Ohakune, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

My partner and I wanted somewhere to stay, before and after climbing Mt Owen so gave the Flat Rock Cafe a call. Graham and Maureen were very accommodating and flexible enough to cater to all our needs, providing b&b with a lovely clean and recently refurbished room with ensuite. We are vegetarian & they served us up two lovely meals.... More 

1 Thank harveysteeds
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

To be fair what we ate was good however I'm peeved over being asked to pay 60 cents for tomato sauce. We wanted a full English breakfast but the only choice was to buy bacon and eggs and add on extras. $3 for a sausage (you can choose between beef or pork, we chose beef but got pork), $6 for... More 

Thank DebbieN_NZ
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing. Had the salmon and kumara filo. I couldn't rave any more about it. To die for. Great service. Clean and tidy. Thanks heaps!

1 Thank Natalie B
Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We travel out to Kohatu regularly just to go to the Flat Rock Cafe. The tea or coffee is always good. The food is great, and well presented with a good variety. Very well priced, and what a great location too. You can travel to Kohatu from Nelson then go home through the Motueka valley, turn off through Dovedale, through... More 

1 Thank blackdog47
Greymouth, New Zealand
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291 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Have often passed this place on way to Riwaka. It has fairly recently been transformed from an abandoned run down pub into a very tidy and attractive cafe. Ideal stop on way to Nelson or Motueka. Lovely food and coffee. Intriguing art work on display. Lots of off road parking. This is likely to become our regular stopping place when... More 

1 Thank Christine R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5087 Motueka Valley Highway, Tasman, Mapua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Mapua  >  Tasman
  • Phone Number: +64 3-522 4440

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