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Caves Restaurant

State Highway 1 | Rd1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5023
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good43%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“sandwiches” (2 reviews)
“fish meal” (2 reviews)
“blue cod” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
State Highway 1 | Rd1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
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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
Reviewed 26 September 2016

As a regular traveller down the Kaikoura coast this has become our #1 stop for a coffee or quick meal.

1  Thank JVJW-NZ
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Hot cup of tea tasty seafood pattie fudge cake and blurberry muffin Plenty of off road parking and views of the sea

Thank 236brendad
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Friendly welcome, prompt service, hot coffee and tasty food. Spur of the moment decision to pull off the road during a downpour resulted in a pleasant break from the road. Didn't feel like any of the larger items on the menu - though the fish...More

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much Caves Restaurant! The hospitality was amazing, but the paua patties were another level again! We will be back!!

Thank Paulette T
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Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand
Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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 7374, 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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