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Punakaiki Tavern

££ - £££
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The dear landlady, Loraine, together with her staff are very polite, efficient and friendly. Sadly the food is on the expensive side for the presentation skills albeit tasty

Thank Pepster56
London, United Kingdom
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Poor quality food at expensive prices. Don't bother with the fish and chips it was frozen and the batter soggy. The pizzas are probably the best bet. The New Zealand mussel starter comes drenched in garlic butter but no bread to mop it up. Apart from a cafe/restaurant next to the blow holes/pancake rocks 1K away there is no where... More 

Thank Sally B
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Six of us on motorcycles staying in town stopped here for dinner last night. Nice looking Place plenty of room inside big bar. One of our team ordered the fish and chips it was frozen patties and little chips for 18.50, extremely disappointed. We ordered a pizza for two which was approximately 12 inches Canadian bacon and cheese under cooked... More 

Thank Ed S
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there as a group for dinner. We had a round of drinks, and only one, as a glass of tap beer was $9.50. I had the beer battered fish, and for the first time in our trip it was from a packet, definitely not fresh. Mussels were a consideration, until we found out you only get six. We... More 

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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was excellent if a little pricey. Wines were cheaper the most similar places. Friendly staff and very good service.

Thank John M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of 4 popped in for evening meal and a drink. Meals were frankly overpriced for what you got. My $19.00 'Bangers & Mash' comprised 3 sausages, some doughy mashed potatoes and onion gravy. My daughters $39.00 steak meal was quite frankly a rip-off for what she got. Another case of a place having a monopoly and charging outrageous... More 

Thank yobbo52
Niteroi, RJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent Food and Coffees, regretfully no free WiFi. Nice and cozy atmosphere and good location close to the blow holes area with all other attractions at walking distance

Thank Flexair
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place, relaxed local atmosphere. They charge $4 for wifi which I thought was outrageous! The food rather expensive to however good portion sizes.

Thank Grace T
Nelson, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this tavern twice during our stay in Punakaiki for two days at the nearby camp, once for a 'sundowner' LOL, there was no sun and once for a meal, it was very busy each time, the staff were friendly but clearly busy, they did take the time to explain the money on the ceiling tho! Just ask! The... More 

Thank Diane W
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! Friendly staff and great atmosphere. Steak was cooked to perfection and generous portions. Great value for money.

Thank Hayley C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$28
Bar, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Punakaiki
  • Phone Number: 6464647311188
The type of cuisine is "Bistro or "tavern" with a variety of Bar meals. Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner. + Bar Snacks.8 Am 9 pm.

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