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Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli

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$$ - $$$
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State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
+64 3-314 8834
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called in here to look at the gift shop and to choose some cake for afternoon tea. A busy cafe with a good selection to choose from. We selected a walnut and pear cake and an oat and caramel slice. Large servings that we thoroughly enjoyed. The gift shop has a good range including an interesting range of New... More 

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Thank GrannyG45
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We called in to Pukeko Junction for lunch on the way to Hanmer Springs. Good Selection of food and good service. The coffee (very important) was very good. Have driven past many times and glad we stopped this time and now know why the carpark is usually full! There is a nick nak shop and local wines for sale in... More 

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Thank Grant D
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very impressive of freshly cooked and prepared foods making it a great stopover en route North or South from Christchurch. Baked goods a speciality and some of the tastiest scones in the region.

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Thank Alexander M
Stockholm, Sweden
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped art this place twice, once for coffee and once for lunch. Great food, cakes and coffee! A must stop on the way!

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1 Thank Louise H
North carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We stopped at Pukeko Junction for lunch. The leek tart with homemade beet relish was wonderful. The side salad was fresh and a welcome change from the fried fare usually available. The staff bottled up some beet relish for me which I carried home in hopes of finding the recipe. No luck so far!

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1 Thank violetrose88
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My wife and I dropped in for breakfast and decided to share the Farmhouse breakfast. This was on the menu at a price slightly higher than we normally pay for a big breakfast. We were then told that sausage was extra, so we ordered this. We ordered a pot of tea for 2. When our tea arrived it was only... More 

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Thank Nigel C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Hubby and I stopped st this place and decided to have breakfast. We're vegetarian and the staff responded very positively to our request for no meat - in fact we received additional mushroom and avo! The coffee was really well made too and our first experience here is well worth mentioning. Good service and neat, clean eatery. Staff are friendly... More 

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Thank travelsavvy2016
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Awesome food good coffee friendly staff , Almond milk for the chai latte what more do you need ? Nothing it's fabulous located on the main road easy access

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Thank Travmark
Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Perfect stop off when driving north from christchurch. Great range of fresh deli food. Will do take out desserts too! Highly recommend. Gift shop and winery worth a look.

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Thank cjmjs
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Only a short way out of Christchurch but such a great place for food it seems rude not to stop. Find an excuse!! Great healthy food (and sweet treats) options including the most delicious green healthy salad I have had in a long time. Scrumptious. They made this up for me on request. They also had a great kids platter.

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Thank Amy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$14
Cuisine
New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Leithfield
  • Phone Number: +64 3-314 8834
Description
The Peoples Choice winner in the NZ Cafe of the Year 2016 for the Canterbury Region, awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014, 2015, 2016 and featured in the Lonely Planet, Pukeko Junction Cafe & Deli is a must stop on your travels. The delicious food is all made in house, from the bread to the tarts, cakes, sauces and fresh salads. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with local free range eggs, their knock out seafood chowder or from the deli, a lamb shank pie or goats cheese tart with beetroot chutney. The baking selection features goodies such as apple, walnut & cinnamon rolls, rhubarb & walnut cake or lemon slice with a dollop of cream. Sip on expertly made hummingbird coffee or one of the local, Waipara wines by the log fire or outside with country views.

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