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The Rusty Snapper

Jervois Street, Kawhia, New Zealand
+64 7-871 0030
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“snapper” (4 reviews)
“fries” (3 reviews)
“ice cream” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
New Zealand, Cafe, Seafood
Jervois Street, Kawhia, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Basic selection but good home cooked food at reasonable prices. The scones are a must! Good ole country service. Great place to just enjoy and soak up the vibe of a wee relaxed gem of a place. Will definitely be back!

Thank Natasha C
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Great little spot. Tables outside.inside pretty ordinary. Mostly fried type food but I was impressed. Had a fish sandwich. Tasted lovely and fresh lettuce and beetroot in lovely fresh white bread$10.

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 24 July 2017

I've been here a few times and found the fries, wedges, and iced drinks pretty good. However, I ordered a flat white the other day and it was by far the worst coffee I've ever ordered from a cafe. The guy making it clearly did...More

Thank kiwidutchess
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The Rusty Snapper is Kiwiana revisited. Charming, simple decor and good old fashioned friendly quality service and food. We loved it!. Kawhia is magical! A beautiful little fishing port on the west coast south of Raglan. Well worth the drive on winding roads through lush...More

1  Thank Julie M
Reviewed 3 June 2017

The Rusty Snapper is great! We drove out from Waitomo caves to see the ocean at Kawhia and stopped at the Rusty Snapper for lunch. The fish and chips were absolutely excellent. The thick fries were delicious and the fish was fresh and flaky. The...More

2  Thank PhD_Jacket
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We had dinner at the Rusty Snapper and the fish was so fresh it just melted in your mouth. Really friendly staff and lots of charm

Thank Bellsie17
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Feeding four on holiday isn't always cheap, but we had lunch here a few times because it was! Good & ample food for the teens with wedges/chips etc. & our food was good too. Coffee good - how come smaller places have cheaper(& sometimes better)...More

Thank Camping_Cleggs
Reviewed 22 December 2016

huge 'rustic' chips with fresh fish, relaxed outside seating 30m from the water, very down-home atmosphere

Thank kathy a
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We only popped in for a coffee, then stayed for a bargain basket of chips - and then for an ice cream each as everyone in town seemed to be buying them!! Staff were super nice and friendly despite being rushed off their feet... A...More

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a beautiful big breakfast. Couldn't eat it all actually! Lovely staff and all the locals were chatty and said hello. A great genuine Newzealand holiday getaway!

Thank Stuart T
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
New Zealand, Cafe, Seafood
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jervois Street, Kawhia, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Kawhia
  • Phone Number: +64 7-871 0030
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