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Kai Whakapai Cafe and Bar

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Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7795
07:00 - 23:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Great customer service (everyone has a smile), amazing pies, and yummy cakes. Why wouldnt you for goodness sakes. Good old kiwi pies with melt in the mouth pastry, and fillings done to perfection. Cant wait to go back

Thank oz-kiwi-pom
Queenstown, New Zealand
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Just stopped for a tea, and this place did not disappoint, it has a great location with views over the lake and mountains. Tea was good, with a cool teapot in a tea cozy. I'd not seen one of those for a long time, so was cool. Friendly staff, and good service. We only had a tea, so cannot comment... More 

Thank JPops2013
Hope Island, Australia
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198 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived for a coffee about 10 to find the breakfast rush hadn't quite finished. Sitting outside was very pleasant as there were heaters in the ceiling keeping everyone warm and a nice view of the lake while the world passed by. Which was lucky as the coffee took quite a while to arrive. And when they did, both of... More 

Thank Scarlett42i
Concord, California
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278 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is on one of Wanaka's busiest corners, with outdoor seating looking out across Lake Wanaka. For that reason it definitely has that "happening place" feeling. Inside there are a few tables, too. It almost always seems to be very busy. We chose the soup of the day, which was a curried ginger carrot with mascarpone. The soup was... More 

Thank N_skier
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

After a day on the slopes at Cardrona we popped to Wanaka and stumbled across this place. It was chockers! Full of locals sitting outside under the heaters. I got chatting to the guy on the next table to us who turned out the be the owner, Roger. What a nice, friendly guy! We throughly enjoyed our food and even... More 

Thank Linzinks
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

My mum and I stopped here before driving back to Christchurch after a 4 day stay in Wanaka. Definitely would come back! The grub kept us going and service was great! Loved the relaxed atmosphere and even picked up a KeepCup!

Thank Sainimili
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely staff and a lovely place right by the lake. I had one of the award winning beers and was not disappointed. Great music and a cool crowd!

Thank Alex W
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Breakfast at Kai Whakapai before heading to Treble Cone. Coffee was acceptable, though not great. Breakfast was great. If I had to find a fault the mushrooms were rubbery and plain.

Thank James K
Wellington, New Zealand
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331 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Was told to try the hot Choc here and was not disappointed. Very popular local hangout and there is always a decent crowd sitting at the outdoor tables all evening. Have just visited again on August 5th for dinner and LOVED the vegetarian pizzas. The wedges were also cooked really well. Will try and do a separate review for that,... More 

Thank Jacob15
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We walked by several times and it was always busy. So we decided to stop in for breakfast. It was delicious. Ended up stopping in for lunch the next day and were equally satisfied.

Thank Dan S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ardmore St, Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 7795

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