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Talisman Cafe

Karangahake Gorge | SH2, Karangahake Gorge, Waihi, New Zealand
+64 7-862 8306
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible21%
Travellers talk about
“date cake” (2 reviews)
“cakes” (5 reviews)
“nachos” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Karangahake Gorge | SH2, Karangahake Gorge, Waihi, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

This cafe hasn't changed much over the years. I have been there a number of times over the last 20 years or more as we often go walking in the area. The decore is the same, the cabinet food is okay, nothing spectacular but the...More

Thank fortunatefew
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a snack after a tramp, such a beautiful secret garden, unfortunately we were unable to Walk around it because of the rain. Good food, service was a little slow, but didn't bother us as we were taken in by the beautiful views....More

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

This place only survives because there is nothing else around. Service is unfriendly and very slow. The prices are ridiculous for ordinary food and the place looks like it needs a good clean.

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Here for breakfast but found the service slow and coffee ordinary. I had a very old fashioned and not that wonderful breakfast. Few choices on the menu that appealed. I felt it was not worth the $ paid

Thank Suanne H
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Whow! So much happening to make this an extremely NOT recommended place. Walking in it was beautiful and we thought we found a hidden gem, but alas half the menu not available, customer service even worse. Coffee not recommended. Cabinet food looked good and if...More

Thank EMyburgh
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Found this cafe on our last trip to New Zealand a few years ago and stopped again this February when we were in New Zealand. Great coffee and cake, served by friendly staff.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

as a vegetarian I was so excited to see such a great menu and to feel like I'm was eating something decent. This place really stood out for me. The spinach and feta filo was fantastic. The Mocha was ok. Sitting outside in the garden...More

Thank TruthfulReviews_08
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Wanted to walk the track at the Karangahake Gorge so we decided to have a coffee and checked out the Talisman Cafe. Interesting place with lots of historical information and photos of the former Mining Town. Coffee was good and the sweet pumpkin loaf was...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We stopped for a coffee on our way through the magnificent Gorge. The coffee was fine and my apple and date cake was very nice but it was the surroundings that were amazing and it was worth it just for this. The garden had amazing...More

Thank Maggie M
Reviewed 17 January 2017

So much to see here. Very interesting and opposite the Karangahake Gorge parking areas with lots of great walks.

Thank CaretakerNZ
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  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Karangahake Gorge | SH2, Karangahake Gorge, Waihi, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waihi
  • Phone Number: +64 7-862 8306
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