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Colenso Country Cafe

Tairua Whitianga Rd, Tairua, New Zealand
+64 7-866 3725
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (29 reviews)
“pie” (13 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 17:00All hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Tairua Whitianga Rd, Tairua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Can't count how many times I have been here in all seasons but am always delighted with the setting and great food. I heard it had changed hands but the food was still excellent and could highly recommend. The coffee was off today but the...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We headed further down the winding mountain road to make to this little gem after reading all the reviews on TA and we weren't disappointed. We indulged on the Plowman's Lunch and it was fantastic, service was excellent!

Thank SSMaynard
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This cafe has a lovely setting. Coffee was warm but not hot. Green tea tasteless. The Custard square was expensive but very nice. Have been before and this was first time we were dissapointed. Will try again

Thank 2014angela52
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Exquisite food, lovely service and magnificent surroundings! Everything we tasted was soooo yummy: the breads, the crackers, the cheese, the meat, the coffee... Everything! Highly recommended!

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

We'd heard and read great things about Colenso but our lunch experience recently left us feeling rather underwhelmed. We received a luke warm greeting on arrival, there was zero atmosphere and on such an overcast, foggy day having the overhead heaters and lights on would...More

1  Thank Braveheart14
Reviewed 1 May 2017

we were very hungry after a morning at the hot water beach. My fussy daughter went for the lamb shank pie (superb) and I had the smoked salmon salad (absolutely pitch perfect) and my husband for the spinach pie (outstanding). The food was fresh and...More

Thank DaniWLP
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We visited this cool country cafe for an outing on a wet Autumn day and really enjoyed the setting and food. Lamb shank pies went down a treat and I had a leek and potato soup with artichoke and sorrel. Perfecto! Not cheap at $10...More

Thank 586shane
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

One of our favorite restaurants in New Zealand. We got around 3 pm on a very rainy day and they were super nice still letting us in for lunch, but do try to get there before than that. If you're anywhere near Coromandel then definitely...More

Thank fwynter
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with friends. Lovely weather and beautiful grounds surrounded by fruit trees and other shady trees. Food was tasty and home made. Delicious. Chicken and Leek pie was great! Lovely side of plum sauce. Side salad a bit small but everything else...More

Thank delb0inz
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Colenso is a gem, the best cafe we visited in NZ. Wonderful cooking and baking that should be on bake off!

Thank adaLincolnshire
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tairua Whitianga Rd, Tairua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Tairua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-866 3725
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