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Licorice Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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57 State Highway 1, Motuoapa 3382, New Zealand
+64 7-386 5551
08:00 - 16:00
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here before so knew it would be good. We just stopped for Coffee and cake but it was worth the stop. Can highly recommend this lovely little place.

Thank CrystalRose54
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Camping ground and was stoked to find such an amazing cafe just around the corner. Great coffee , clean premises, staff were very friendly and professional. We had breakfast there on our last day - faultless.

Thank Michelle T
Palmerston North
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Worth a stop. Food is good quality, well prepared and presented and service is friendly and efficient. The toasted banana bread for breakfast was a lovely idea and delicious.

Thank Les_Poulets
Auckland, New Zealand
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195 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I've known and visited Licorice many times and generally enjoyed it but my most recent visit was disappointing. I love the range of food available at Licorice - both off the menu and from the cabinet. The cabinet looks absolutely wonderful with a really broad and appetising array of food that all looks great. My friend and I both opted... More 

Thank Linda K
Wellington, New Zealand
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115 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch recently, it was quite busy with 80% of tables taken. It's a nice cafe, modern, nice in summer. There's a good outdoor area. The staff were acceptable, helpful enough at the counter, one cleaning the tables was a bit surly. The pancakes are OK, but the berry and cream topping was really stingy. You get a... More 

Thank mrtimnz
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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We had a nice lunch at this delightful modern cafe. The food selection was great with lots of choices in the premade case and made to order sandwiches, etc. We had a mushroom and bacon pie, scotch egg and feta kumara stack (sort of like pancakes) all of which were served with a side salad for around $15. Quick service,... More 

Thank islandgirl76
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here en route to Wellington. In the afternoon, we had a tea and a coffee. Both were well prepared and of good quality. The cafe has a nice licorice all sort theme

Thank Burt_Thatcherher
Feilding, New Zealand
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We always stop here for brunch on our way home from Taupo. Hubby had big breakfast which was big! I had an omelette which was nice but a bit too much cheese. Coffees were nice and the hazelnut brittle is lovely.

Thank 55June
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

It is some time since we visited this cafe, but the very good standard of food and services hasn't changed. It is a perfect half way stop between Wellington and Auckland and this weeks visit won't be our last.

Thank Mary G
Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A grpup of five work colleagues were staying in a batch at Motuoapa and had breakfast at this excellent cafe. The staff were super friendly, the coffee exceelent and the serving sizes just right. Not too expensive. So, if you want a break from the road, a great coffee and some top tucker stop off here : you'll not be... More 

Thank Sandy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$13
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 State Highway 1, Motuoapa 3382, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Motuoapa
  • Phone Number: +64 7-386 5551
Locals, boaties and travellers alike choose breakfast or brunch at Licorice Cafe for its convenient location on State Highway 1, within walking distance of Motuoapa Marina. Our menu items and interesting selection of cabinet food will cater for all your family's needs. Relax in our sun drenched garden and enjoy the fresh fare prepared on the premises and the Supreme Coffee crafted by our passionate Baristas. We offer a selection of gourmet deli products to take away, including Base Camp Salamis, delicious Kapiti pre-baked breads, Tongariro Honey, Over the Moon Cheese and other (mainly) New Zealand products to make your lakeside picnic a success. Available for out-catering of office Christmas parties, boating trips and gatherings with friends. Be sure to order your Christmas fruit cake early. Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you to Licorice throughout the summer months. Open from 8am-4pm daily.

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