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Rivers Cafe

51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
+64 3-523 9009
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“lamb shank pie” (12 reviews)
“cakes” (11 reviews)
“brownie” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent menu and delicious homemade cabinet food. Coffee perfect too! Lovely atmosphere and comfortable tables and chairs.

Thank franrich08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped while driving up the coast and had a surprisingly great late lunch. Burgers were huge! Fries perfectly crispy. Great oasis! Lots of options.

Thank Gena L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stop here often when heading through the South Island and enjoy the indoor outdoor flow of this Cafe which is situated off of the high street and does not cater for bus tours which is a bonus. I am guessing the food is all...More

Thank Ian L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely brilliant Service and Atmosphere. We arrived late morning, so missed the breakfast, but they went out of their way to provide it anyway. The Creamy Mushrooms were to die for! and to top it all off the Hot Chocolate and Coffee hit the nail...More

Thank theresag243
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here twice on a recent foray from Nelson down to Westport/Karamea/Reefton, and this place is really good. on the way back we had the lamb shank pie and spanikopita. which we both shared. We also had a citron slice and tea for two,...More

Thank Doublenaff
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Murchison is a ranch town that we stumbled on driving the lost roads out to New Zealand’s West Coast. It’s a great town surrounded by mountains and at its center is the Rivers. We bought coffee, cake and lunch to go- all great and priced...More

Thank Henry B
Reviewed April 12, 2018

I like the coffee here but I find the choice of food limited. For me, at least. I don't like cheese. Odd, I know but many of the non-desert food options have cheese involved. If I want something without sugar and not deep fried, I'm...More

Thank Alli C
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

This was our second time eating here, the first was ok enough for a return trip but this second visit will be our last. I ordered the lamb kebab, the young man on the till had no idea weather it had salad or not so...More

Thank kai-notes
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Stopped there for a late breakfast and/or early lunch on our way from Nelson to Hanmer Springs. The coffee was good, as were the food items (we had a lemon tart, muffin and a burger). Very generous portions, like the burger with fries.

Thank Wolf_W
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

If you drive through Murchison I highly recommend stopping at the Rivers Cafe. A nice atmosphere and great menu are good reasons to choose this location. Only 4 stars because compared to other restaurants I know it's not an outstanding quality or variety.

Thank Michael S
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Kristen M
December 24, 2017|
Response from CaroleR9 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I can’t help you .. I’d suggest giving them a call.. Merry Christmas Carole xx
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Fairfax Street, Murchison 7007, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Murchison
  • Phone Number: +64 3-523 9009
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Comfortable, friendly cafe with great atmosphere; home style cooking, eclectic menu. Spacious outdoor seating area; watch the street scene whilst enjoying a coffee.All day (in season); fully licensed. Cafe style during day; evening restaurant.
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