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Caves Restaurant

$$ - $$$Cafe, , Seafood
State Highway 1 | Rd1, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5023
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  • Average7%
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Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, Fast food
$$ - $$$
State Highway 1 | Rd1, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Caves Cafe, State Highway 1, Kaikoura We enjoyed a couple of weeks in the country in March; the first around Christchurch and the second travelling from ChCh to Auckland. Leaving the rebuild of ChCh behind, there was the challenge of State Highway 1 and the...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Excellent service awesome food fresh and very tasty - place was spotless and was kept that way by polite friendly staff

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We travelled south from Blenheim on Boxing Day with a plan of having breakfast in Kaikoura. On arrival we were disappointed to find just three cafes open and all struggling to cope with demand. We opted to try further south and found the Cave open....More

Thank Garth A
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Had an excellent bowl of seafood chowder at the Caves Restaurant today. Quick and friendly service, and the Chowder had plenty of seafood, was very tasty, and came with garlic ciabatta

Thank tuitrish59
Reviewed 17 September 2017

There is plenty of carparking. The building is very modern and spacious, so you are not crowded. There is a wide variety of food and drinks at good prices. We were there only briefly while waiting for a scenic flight, but the cofffee was good,...More

Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Nice food great service and very friendly staff. Clean and well presented. Nice to sit and look out at the sea.

Thank Jill S
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Great food, great staff, great facilities and a stunning view. A must stop if your are looking for a good coffee :-)

Thank jacquelinemL6261UF
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Even though the Caves were closed due to the earthquake, what an awesome place. Great breakfast, great coffee and so clean. 10/10

Thank chris_cairns
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great little stop with yummy food, good coffee & a great view of South Bay. Generous breakfast for the price. I broke down & the staff could not have been nicer.

1  Thank ZenShell
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Great spot on the waterfront. Great food and coffee. Didn't go to the caves this visit, but have previously. Well worth a visit:)

Thank Elaine J
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Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, Fast food
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1 | Rd1, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5023
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The Cafe has recently had a full makeover with an additional outside covered seating area attached, new toilets and larger kitchen, Our focus is on good food at a good price with fast times. • Road side Cafe with sea views • 2km south of town centre • Family friendly • Large carparks suitable for boats, trucks and caravans¬¬ • Seating for 50 inside and 35 outside on covered deck • Hot and cold cabinets, large selection with homemade specialties • Full menu with beef, seafood, lamb, chicken and venison • Kids menu • Takeaways • Hot drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate • Cold drinks (large selection) including milkshakes, fruit smoothies, frappes, coke and organic selection. • Ice Creams, Tip Top and real fruit • Cave tours of famous Limestone Sea Formed Cave. • $25 Adults and $9 Children • 6 tours daily. 10:30 to 3:30 hourly • 20 million years old formations • Majestic Stalagmites and Stalactites • Helipad across the road
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