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Powerhouse Cafe

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8 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 5252
08:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 15:00
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Reading, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a really nice breakfast in this lovely cafe in a historic building. The chai was nice too. Only suggestion would be they need to cover up the back of the kitchen fridges as you can see in this pic.

Thank lauren f
Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little cafe with plenty of mains, coffees, and sweets. The best part is that, for those of us with dietary restrictions, they have a separate vegan brunch menu. The vegan Huevos Rancheros is fantastic. It's a towering stack of beans, roasted veggies, and tofu, with a delicious drizzle of both hot and pesto sauce. It was so good that... More 

Thank jel172
Swindon, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wonderful eggs benedicts and coffees. Friendly staff and a lovely outdoor area to sit and eat. Breakfast came out ver quickly.

Thank Izzy-4ilr
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting building with history. Excellent lunch with good choice. The smoothy and coffee were delicious.

Thank Judy Y
Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Powerhouse Cafe for brunch and were both extremely impressed with our meals. I had the Florentine potato cake (poached eggs on super-tasty potato cake- great variation on your normal eggs benny - came with beetroot relish and few other sauces drizzled around the plate. Divine!!). Hubby opted for the hefty cooked breakfast, also with potato cake. I've never... More 

Thank ellatravelsnz
Wellington, New Zealand
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read that this was the place to have coffee in Hamner Springs and I agree. Good coffees, nice place, friendly staff, good choice of food. My husband had the carrot cake muffin and this was good and only 4.50 which is compared to a lot of other places, cheap. I had the granola bar. This was huge and yummie.... More 

Thank Bea T
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yum! Pure and simple, YUM! Powerhouse Cafe came highly recommended by our hotel and we were not disappointed. Loved it!

Thank Argonaut47
Blenheim, New Zealand
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is always busy and has a good selection of great quality food and lovely coffee. Nice outdoor seating area too.

Thank Sontie
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159 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came for breakfast - good food, good value, crap coffee Overall average breakfast experience - not amazing, not bad, nothing made this place stand out for me. Definitely wouldn't come back for coffee and it is a good idea to let the customers know of the juices are fresh or not.

Thank Rdnkh
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very tasty brunch in this lovely town.Not so sure about the coffee-over-roasted to our taste.One of us had a scone and raved over it.I had the eggs montreal and would order again.

Thank Peter W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Hanmer Springs
  • Phone Number: +64 3-315 5252

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