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Last Light Cafe

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2 Clifden Highway, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
+64 3-226 6667
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08:00 - 21:00
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Western Australia, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a hidden gem! In the little town of Tuatapere, lies this little caravan park/motel. The cafe/restaurant/bar is fantastic. On the Saturday night we were here, they had a guy singing, playing guitar. The wait staff was very friendly. But the food was sensational, we had the special of the day which was venison steak with mushroom polenta... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting menu and plenty of choice. On the night we were there the soup of the day was Polish soup, a chilled soup made with blackcurrants. It was fabulous. Only problem was it was quite a large serve so made it difficult to finish the equally large main course serve of risotto. Service was fine and fairly speedy. A good... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I was surprised how lovely the food was at the Last Light Cafe considering what a sleepy town Tuatapere appeared to be. We visited for dinner & lunch & all meals were excellent- the coffee was great too. We also found the service to be very good & the staff very accommodating (they were very happy to do eggs Benedict... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends last night had a lovely meal there was 11 of us and everybody was happy. The service was great and had a good atmosphere. Blue cod was nice and fresh. A great night for a out of the way place 😃

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Thank karen d
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Being English I'm used to bangers and mash, it is what it is, a nice meal but hardly fine dining. The Last Light's version was absolutely fantastic, the best I've ever had. House made venison sausages, with pumpkin/kumara/potato mash with kale. The gravy was outstanding too. Quite a modest looking place too so very surprised

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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This experience was the highlight of our day. Arrived early, the owner had just woken up but graciously let us in and made us delicious coffee and the most amazing eggs benedict I have ever had. Adorable cat(s), great ambiance, and a very interesting owner - definitely talk to him if you get a chance. Everything home-grown (eggs home-laid) and... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We stayed on this campsite before starting the humpridge track, and got into the restaurant just before they were about to close. Luckily they kindly provided us with a superb dinner. Even my vegan partner found something on the menu (not very common in Southland!) prices were fine given the quality of the food. We also had breakfast there and... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Birthday and Family gathering for my wife Well the staff great Food and drink choices great Comfortable setting great About 16 of us went to dinner for wife's birthday and catch up with family not seen for many years or in the case of some young ones ever. Had a great time thanks to staff and excellent menu/drink choices. Also... More 

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is an amazing place and worth targeting for a big stay! A lot of people visit because they have done the arduous Hump Ridge Track - a hiking track. But to visit just to see whats here is worth it. The owner, Craig has done wonders with landscaping, sowing wide lawns, creating attractive niches for caravans or motorhomes to... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We ate dinner here and were so impressed we came back for breakfast. Sausages were excellent as was the other food. Great selection of beer and a reasonable array of wines. A lot of the food was grown in their garden. The service was very friendly and fast. I would go a long way for food this honest and tasty.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$23
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Clifden Highway, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Tuatapere
  • Phone Number: +64 3-226 6667
Description
We have a passion for food and flavour... Fantastic coffee, hearty breakfasts, yum lunches and many delicious home baked goodies.
The menu covers many aspects of cuisine : gluten free, vegetarian, international tastes with fusion styles and classic dishes made with quality kiwi products.

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