We've spent quite a lot of time recently in rural New Zealand. Murupara is well down the road from Rotorua to Wairoa, through Lake Waikaremoana (beyond Murupara the road is gravel for nearly 100km). It's a small, rural town that has fallen on hard times, like many others in our country, and has a poor reputation following gang incidents. In he middle of all this is Christine's amazing cafe. We stopped on the way back from Lake Waikaremoana. Two of our group shared a great carrot cake. One of them also had a homemade ginger beer. The other two had coffee. It was made Italian style with accompanying frothy milk. Prior to serving the coffee, Christine served a complimentary peach tea to clean the palate. And the coffee cups were brought in advance with hot water in them to heat them first. The coffee was great; so too was my peanut butter cake while my remaining friend had a delightful cookie. Reading reviews on Trip Advisor, I wish we had called in for lunch on the way south.
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