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Last Light Cafe

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2 Clifden Highway, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
+64 3-226 6667
08:00 - 21:00
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80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Interesting menu and plenty of choice. On the night we were there the soup of the day was Polish soup, a chilled soup made with blackcurrants. It was fabulous. Only problem was it was quite a large serve so made it difficult to finish the equally large main course serve of risotto. Service was fine and fairly speedy. A good... More 

Thank RubyHannah
Pretoria, South Africa
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72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I was surprised how lovely the food was at the Last Light Cafe considering what a sleepy town Tuatapere appeared to be. We visited for dinner & lunch & all meals were excellent- the coffee was great too. We also found the service to be very good & the staff very accommodating (they were very happy to do eggs Benedict... More 

Thank missechsinclair
Invercargill, New Zealand
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends last night had a lovely meal there was 11 of us and everybody was happy. The service was great and had a good atmosphere. Blue cod was nice and fresh. A great night for a out of the way place 😃

Thank karen d
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Being English I'm used to bangers and mash, it is what it is, a nice meal but hardly fine dining. The Last Light's version was absolutely fantastic, the best I've ever had. House made venison sausages, with pumpkin/kumara/potato mash with kale. The gravy was outstanding too. Quite a modest looking place too so very surprised

Thank rossflock
Houston, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This experience was the highlight of our day. Arrived early, the owner had just woken up but graciously let us in and made us delicious coffee and the most amazing eggs benedict I have ever had. Adorable cat(s), great ambiance, and a very interesting owner - definitely talk to him if you get a chance. Everything home-grown (eggs home-laid) and... More 

Thank triumphant2016
Dunedin, New Zealand
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We stayed on this campsite before starting the humpridge track, and got into the restaurant just before they were about to close. Luckily they kindly provided us with a superb dinner. Even my vegan partner found something on the menu (not very common in Southland!) prices were fine given the quality of the food. We also had breakfast there and... More 

Thank Frick17
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Birthday and Family gathering for my wife Well the staff great Food and drink choices great Comfortable setting great About 16 of us went to dinner for wife's birthday and catch up with family not seen for many years or in the case of some young ones ever. Had a great time thanks to staff and excellent menu/drink choices. Also... More 

Thank Chris P
Oamaru, New Zealand
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is an amazing place and worth targeting for a big stay! A lot of people visit because they have done the arduous Hump Ridge Track - a hiking track. But to visit just to see whats here is worth it. The owner, Craig has done wonders with landscaping, sowing wide lawns, creating attractive niches for caravans or motorhomes to... More 

Thank Jessie6mae
Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We ate dinner here and were so impressed we came back for breakfast. Sausages were excellent as was the other food. Great selection of beer and a reasonable array of wines. A lot of the food was grown in their garden. The service was very friendly and fast. I would go a long way for food this honest and tasty.

Thank michaelwho
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Who would have expected such a nice place in such a small rural service town. This place has hard to find craft beers and delicious food. It's not cheep, but not overpriced and there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Thank YankiwiSteve

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Clifden Highway, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Tuatapere
  • Phone Number: +64 3-226 6667
We have a passion for food and flavour... Fantastic coffee, hearty breakfasts, yum lunches and many delicious home baked goodies.
The menu covers many aspects of cuisine : gluten free, vegetarian, international tastes with fusion styles and classic dishes made with quality kiwi products.

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