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Punakaiki Tavern

) #4 of 5 Restaurants in Punakaiki $$ - $$$
Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good35%
  • Average20%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible13%
Travellers talk about
“pancake rocks” (20 reviews)
“pool table” (11 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
Corner Of State Highway 6 & Owen Street | Cmb 52 Punakaiki. RD 1 Runanga 7873, Punakaiki 7873, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a pub with fairly typical pub food. Decent and filling. Staff was very nice - I think she may have been the owner. I had a caesar salad with chicken, and it was pretty good. I appreciated that there was a basic -...More

Thank MikenSue726
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for dinner and they were fantastic- fish and chips and bangers and mash . The service was great and they were pretty busy. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Charlie7775
Lorraine R, Owner at Punakaiki Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review,yes we were pretty busy. Pleased you had a good time here.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped by here twice during my stay at the Punakaiki Beach Camp since it's about a two minute walk down the road. The first gentleman that helped me was super friendly, asked where I was from and started talking about my home country with...More

Thank Courtney P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another meal here and we will be back. Lovely and warm with the fire going. Good choice of food. Really friendly staff. They brought out a little cake for desert for another diner who was having a birthday. There is a small book shelf where...More

Thank susiejean2016
Lorraine R, Owner at Punakaiki Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review,see you back another time.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent pub food, friendly staff and a great garden were you can enjoy your brew. Short walk to beach. read the posters on the wall.

Thank NikiG1948
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The meal was very average if not bordering on poor. It seemed as though it had been picked off a supermarket shelf plonked in a microwave & then shoved on your plate. The surroundings were that of a pub so expectations were not high BUT...More

Thank gusgus2016
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Situated just north of the Pancake Rocks and a minute from the ocean, Punakaiki Tavern serves good hot food in a comfortable pub environment. Depending on the weather, warm up by a blazing log fire, or sit outside in the garden looking up at the...More

Thank Moyra J
Reviewed 7 May 2017

My Intercity coach driver told me that the food here was "terrible", but I dropped in briefly to check it out, given the serious dearth of Punakaiki options. The place smelled horrible, like a fastfood restaurant that never cleans its fryer. Decided to eat basmati...More

1  Thank Sherapop1
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We chose the fish and chips and did not enjoy our choice. Fish was more like a catering pack style rather that fillets, as well as being a little overcooked. Staff were friendly and obliging. The Tavern had a pleasant atmosphere.

Thank Shane R
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Was a very busy night and the staff were great getting us a table, was a cold night so the fire was going which was good. However the meals were very very average compared to other places on the west coast we visited this trip,...More

Thank Richard W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$28
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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
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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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