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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

££ - £££, Cafe,
Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (61 reviews)
“french toast” (10 reviews)
“eggs benny” (9 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here every day for my coffee while away. Great coffee- and liked the little chocolate coated coffee bean that came with it. Chocolate brownie was yum!

Thank Traveler808183
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was busy and noisy however the service was ok but the pizza was fairly tasteless pretty average nothing special.seems popular with younger people.

Thank Truckee2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are locals and regularly have breakfast and/or coffee at Kai. We have always found it well run, friendly staff and excellent counter and menu food with a good selection of vegan and GF, savory and cakes etc. It's a bit space limited which is...More

Thank Ski_Wanaka_NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coffee is the best we have had on the South Island so far and the food is good. Great location overlooking the beautiful Lake Wanaka, quick service with friendly staff.

Thank willowmalia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watched this place pack out every day so decided it should be a winner. Had breakfast here today with the kids and it was fabulous. We had a selection of foods and all was top notch. Coffees were also above average. If you can get...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have wanted to try this cafe for awhile now but was put off by the popularity of it fearing long waits and average service that can accompany ultra popular venues. Finally we ventured in for brunch we were greeted by friendly waitstaff a huge...More

Thank kiwivegan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There’s a good reason why this funky little cafe is always busy. Great coffee, great food, engaging and friendly staff and cool tunes. A visit to Wanaka wouldn’t be the same without hanging out at the Kai Whakapai at least once a day.

Thank Stester63
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had breakfast here 2 days in a row it was so good. The coffee was outstanding and the food in the cabinet looked delicious. Top service, great place.

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After a full day, well 9 to 3, we dropped in at Kia. The sun was shining so we sat outside ordered a very nice glass of Maud Pinot Gris and sat back and watched the people in town. Very pleasant staff so order another...More

Thank Wanaklions
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

We had a really good brunch here on a rainy Friday morning. Menu was good - especially if you’ve want gf/df etc. Pancakes were really nice especially the almond/coconut dukkah. Cool vibe and fast service.

Thank Lydi123
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Questions & Answers
2 June 2017|
Response from Roger N | Property representative |
yes, there are a couple of options that can be made vegan if you make if we change a couple of ingredients and you can always make up a breakfast by adding together some side dishes :-)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 7795
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