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Address: 229 State Highway 1F | RD1, Awanui, 0486, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 9-406 7172
07:30 - 05:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 05:30

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Stopped here to see the Giant Kauri staircase, suggested by the information centre at Kaitaia. This attraction reads more as a rest stop, with a cafe and a shop beside, rather... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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184 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Stopped here to see the Giant Kauri staircase, suggested by the information centre at Kaitaia. This attraction reads more as a rest stop, with a cafe and a shop beside, rather than an attraction itself, but has some interesting Kauri products and art on display.

Thank F S
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The new owners have turned this place around. The food is excellent, I had the quiche, it was superb. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming. After my fantastic lunch I had a browse around the retail area. The Ancient Kauri staircase was phenomenal, and it was amazing to see such beautiful carvings and items for sale - I... More 

Thank kauriqueen
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

What a hidden gem.. great breakfast, amazing staff always ready to serve with a smile and top it up with great kauri items.. perfect place to spend a morning

Thank GanapathyIyer
Durham, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

This was a refreshments and comfort break stop, twice, on our Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach coach tour. Our coach driver said we were visiting as a test to see if the new owners could cope. 6 buses arrived at once and it was pretty chaotic. That said I got the food and drinks whilst Linda QUEUED for the... More 

Thank IanMac1960
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

First time here in a couple of years. New owners started this week and what a difference in only a couple of days. The food was delicious and the products to purchase in their shop was full with a great range starting to appear. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure to visit and will return.... More 

1 Thank totravel18
Leeds, United Kingdom
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349 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We were dropped off at this establishment by our coach driver on our NZ Tour. It was interesting in that there were some very beautiful carvings made from the ancient kauri trees, excavated locally. prices of the goods were however very expensive. The attached cafe had a very limited menu, which was disappointing when we were hungry and thirsty after... More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Was looking forward to seeing this place. Did the research via website which said open 7 days a week 8am to 5pm. We set out, heading north. After a couple of hours driving we came across a huge road sign advertising the Ancient Kauri Museum 5 km ahead. We arrived at 11.05 am and it was closed. The place looked... More 

Thank margot3120
Napier, New Zealand
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117 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Great stuff to see but incredibly difficult to buy anything. We waited, rang the bell and then went to the other side to ask the cafe who was working in the shop. The lady explained that staff cuts meant one person was meant to service both sides and three tour buses had come in at the same time. Good to... More 

Thank Aussie20142014
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

This place is used by the tour buses as a coffee stop on their way north and to clean the coach on the way back. There is a good selection of wooden craft items on sale, but what is worth a look is the large wooden staircase crafted from a single Ancient Kauri stump. The café is OK but nothing... More 

Thank electrickev
Prague, Czech Republic
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47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

We went here to buy some Kauri gifts for our overseas relatives. The place was packed and there was no staff on the gift counter. There was a sign saying to ring the bell for service. The people at the front of the queue rang the bell and nothing happened. After a while they rang it again and nothing happened.... More 

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