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Punakaiki Tavern

Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good34%
  • Average20%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible13%
Travellers talk about
“pancake rolls” (21 reviews)
“bar snacks” (5 reviews)
“pool table” (11 reviews)
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Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very busy local tavern with friendly staff and good food. Many different nationalities of tourists, some playing at the pool table, others enjoying a drink and something to eat. Gluten Free catered for.

Thank AliBrisbane
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were staying at Te Nikau Retreat, but didn’t fancy cooking (the nearest supermarket is a long way!), so Punakaiki Tavern was convenient to eat at both nights. There isn’t much around here (the Punakaiki Resort were distinctly snobbish when we asked about dining there...More

Thank DadaGee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the worst place we had dinner on our 5-week NZ trip. Expensive prices for food that is worse than Mc Donald’s. Food is either fried or heated up in microwave. Don‘t go there!!

Thank jennykoch
Reviewed 1 week ago

where else are you going to go? from the outside it looks a bit tourist like but in the small village of Punakaiki where else are you going to go? Service was quick and food distinctly average. My pie was tepid at best, but the...More

Thank majnz
Lorraine R, Owner at Punakaiki Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are one of 3 places to eat in Punakaiki so there for the choice was yours where you wanted to eat and what you wanted to eat.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just came for a drink as we had already heard bad reviews on the food at this place from locals when we got to town.. but we thought we would come for a drink cause who can ruin a drink?! Well.. unfortunately punakaiki tavern...More

Thank Fenella M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the classic tourist trap. Trampers ending the Punakaiki-Pororari hike are probably drawn to this restaurant, which is just opposite. However, this is just another overpriced low-quality burger place in disguise. Tomato soup tasted of canned tomatoes, burger was average. I took eggs and bacon, which...More

Thank Simone_P78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice location and friendly place offering typical pub fare at a higher price. One of only two places to eat in Punakaiki!

Thank Cymryyncrwydro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely dinner here. The atmosphere was really pleasant. The staff was very friendly and so was the price! Quality of the food was just amazing. Definitely a recommendation for a nice dinner.

Thank sanderdijk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this place. My choices on the night were a let down for me. Presentation was ghastly. Lacked love and attention like the fabulous outdoor area. I had an entree of mushroom, risotto and mozzarella bites. Five on a plate. Golden crumb. Cheesy strings...More

Thank johnboydunedin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a super experience with the helpful staff. Loved the inexpensive food too. Good variety of tavern food.

Thank runtrails
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$28
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Punakaiki
  • Phone Number: 6464647311188
  • E-mail
The type of cuisine is "Bistro or "tavern" with a variety of Bar meals. Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner. + Bar Snacks.8 Am 9 pm.
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