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Last Light Cafe

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2 Clifden Highway, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
+64 3-226 6667
08:00 - 21:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you for a fantastic dinner awesome venison . The personal service from Emma Jane was outstanding we will be back

Thank Anna A
Almelo, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No words for it! visit it or regret it! The people, the food, everything is good! especially if your doing the humpridge track make sure you go before and after!

Thank larsvriggelen
Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I went for dinner. I had steak and he had fish. It was delicious! My steak was melt in your mouth

Thank petchjm
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here the night before going on the Humpridge track and it was so good we went back immediately after we finished the 60 km track for a delicious lunch. It has nice outdoor seating, fabulous food for both dinner and lunch and the staff are friendly. Strongly recommend it if you are in Tuatapere.

Thank ania_camargo
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good place to stay before Hump ridge walk. Food outstanding. Accommodation ...motel style, old but clean and functional. Fresh veg from garden. Very friendly staff and don't forget buy some home made fudge!

Thank Helen W
Western Australia, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

This place is a hidden gem! In the little town of Tuatapere, lies this little caravan park/motel. The cafe/restaurant/bar is fantastic. On the Saturday night we were here, they had a guy singing, playing guitar. The wait staff was very friendly. But the food was sensational, we had the special of the day which was venison steak with mushroom polenta... More 

Thank Jemma A
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80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Interesting menu and plenty of choice. On the night we were there the soup of the day was Polish soup, a chilled soup made with blackcurrants. It was fabulous. Only problem was it was quite a large serve so made it difficult to finish the equally large main course serve of risotto. Service was fine and fairly speedy. A good... More 

Thank RubyHannah
Pretoria, South Africa
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72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I was surprised how lovely the food was at the Last Light Cafe considering what a sleepy town Tuatapere appeared to be. We visited for dinner & lunch & all meals were excellent- the coffee was great too. We also found the service to be very good & the staff very accommodating (they were very happy to do eggs Benedict... More 

Thank missechsinclair
Invercargill, New Zealand
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends last night had a lovely meal there was 11 of us and everybody was happy. The service was great and had a good atmosphere. Blue cod was nice and fresh. A great night for a out of the way place 😃

Thank karen d
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Being English I'm used to bangers and mash, it is what it is, a nice meal but hardly fine dining. The Last Light's version was absolutely fantastic, the best I've ever had. House made venison sausages, with pumpkin/kumara/potato mash with kale. The gravy was outstanding too. Quite a modest looking place too so very surprised

Thank rossflock

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$22
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Clifden Highway, Tuatapere 9620, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Southland Region  >  Tuatapere
  • Phone Number: +64 3-226 6667
We have a passion for food and flavour... Fantastic coffee, hearty breakfasts, yum lunches and many delicious home baked goodies.
The menu covers many aspects of cuisine : gluten free, vegetarian, international tastes with fusion styles and classic dishes made with quality kiwi products.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?