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Kahu Cafe

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68 Airport Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
+64 3-438 9821
09:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Thu 09:00 - 15:00
Fri - Tue 09:00 - 22:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Frequented by gliding enthusiasts but great place for all visitors serving nice selection of light meals and cafe fare. Overlooking airport, you can be seated under cover in a comfy sofa and enjoy your coffee, snack or meal. Definitely seemed to be the best place to eat out in Omarama. Whole experience boosted by a friendly manager/owner.

1 Thank cyt79
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

There are very few places to eat in Omarama and most provide the usual array of pub meals or light meals. Kahu Cafe has a small menu but the dishes are nicely balanced in flavor and tasty. The service is very good. I was impressed that they seek feedback and genuinely want their customers to enjoy their meal. A mistake... More 

2 Thank Kathy H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Coffee was ok. Food selection was poor and didn't look fresh. Cafe atmosphere was cosy. Owner was friendly.

Thank Farzad P
Metro Manila, Philippines
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

A charming venue to hangout in while waiting for your glider schedule or simply to pass the time in beautiful Omarama. Sofas and inviting lounge chairs were nicely interspersed amongst the dining tables...... the atmosphere was warm, relaxed and friendly encouraging guests to chat with other guests. Certainly beats all the other roadside cafes and pit stops. I only ordered... More 

1 Thank happytraveller523
Vienna, Austria
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Great food, service, vibe. Fantastic European home cooked food. We had the shrimp ceviche, Lamb shank, and Steak sald. Excellent taste. Welcoming alternative to Pub food.

2 Thank abreise
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Fantastic little spot off the highway, the soup is amazing! Coffee is good too. Service was spot on!

2 Thank Gerard P
Angus, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Depends on your point of view - we wont be going back. Old furniture with no apologies, bed settees with ripped covers

Thank alanswatt
veronika_osko, Manager at Kahu Cafe, responded to this review

Yes, you are quite right, our outside design is quite old and rustic, actually the one armchair which is ripped is my personal favourite, I call it the "punk" armchair but every couch has its own story that's for sure. I hope you've found an other nice restaurant in town which suits your style. Thank you for your feedback, enjoy... More 

South Island, New Zealand
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

A great little cafe restaurant located near the airfield and frequented by locals and airfield users with never a tourist bus in sight. The coffee is good and the food is literally cooked on site to order. The only down side is the seasonal nature of the Cafe. It closes for the winter.

1 Thank Trevor M
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2016

The Kahu is off the main highway at Omarama on the edge of the airfield next to a great camping ground set in the trees. The Kahu is quirky there are sofa's and comfy chairs - free good wifi and great coffee. Delicious healthy food for breakfast, lunch and evening meal - the menu frequently changing. Great place to hang... More 

1 Thank Annie40404
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

Went here for early dinner. Was quite busy with most tables full, then again there is only 4 or 5 tables. This place could be in south east Asia it's almost a shack but that is part of the charm, it has a laid back casual vibe. Unfortunately the prices are not southeast Asian at generally mid $20 each. My... More 

1 Thank Guy W
veronika_osko, Owner at Kahu Cafe, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks a lot for the review, and also for dropping in. :) (Especially glad that you have enjoyed the curry,) :) Thanks, Milan More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$35
Cafe, International, European, Healthy, Wine Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 68 Airport Road, Omarama 9412, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Omarama
  • Phone Number: +64 3-438 9821
We are a boutique cafe, located at the lovely airfield of Omarama. The wonderful view of the Benmore Ranges, watching the gliding activity, or just enjoying the silence under the shade of our romantic willow tree, is our key features. We away from the main road, and away from mainstream tourism and tourist buses. No tv, no radio, but fine selection of music is played in the backround. We are also very biker friendly, as we are keen biker ourselves - also we offer helping hands/tools, even some basic replacement parts. Hope to see you around.

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