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Waitomo General Store

15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 8613
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“burger” (26 reviews)
“sandwiches” (8 reviews)
“pie” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 274 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's quick stop next to the icenter and serves fantastic coffee. Tried the mince and cheese pie and it was outstanding. There are some general store items on the shelves however they were quite limited in number.

Thank Pratzila
Reviewed 9 July 2017

You can get a nice lunch from their sandwich, small plate, dessert, and drink choices. GF options available. There is a small but tasteful selection of souvenirs.

Thank Epistemologist
Reviewed 26 June 2017

We're kiwis and visited on 23rd June 2017. It was a miserable winter day so we visited this place for a take away lunch. The chocolate cake was fantastic! The choices for food were quite narrow, mostly bread based, but the quinoa, feta and red...More

Thank Jenny B
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

This foody spot has quite a reputation. It is light and has lots of comfortable seating options and has great music. But we didn't realise how fantastic the burgers were. The beef, cheese and beetroot burger with big crunchy hand cut chips really hit the...More

Thank 964shelleyb
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Im still at a lost as to why this is called a general store because general there is nothing on the shelves.

Thank pienbeers
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This place is not really a general store. It is a small eating place located near the starting point of two of the most popular glowworm cave tours. The service was professional. The food was okay, but not gourmet. It was a bit above 'bar...More

Thank AustinBobby
Reviewed 9 May 2017

We stopped in while waiting for our glow worm tour. The food and service were both good and the staff was very friendly.

Thank David J
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We visited the General Store a few times and each time the service was quick and the food good. A variety of places to sit and charge your phone/ camera with the numerous power points around. Free wifi

Thank tysontrip
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Best not arrive in Waitomo and hope to go to the General Store to buy bread, because they don't sell it here. Overall, a very disappointing range of items. Seems a missed opportunity as the Top 10 caravan park is straight across the road, and...More

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed 3 May 2017

It was nice and close to where a lot of the tour group operators offices were, it had great breakfast and was a great way to start your day!

Thank jacinta0307
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21 July 2016|
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Response from buddybear2015 | Reviewed this property |
I am unable to answer this question as it is not my business, I suggest you google them
16 April 2015|
Response from Rhonda-Waitomo | Property representative |
Hi We will be open In May. Our vegetarian options vary daily and there are a number of choices. For example today there is a vegetarian lasagne slice, a vegetarian burger ( buns made on the premises) and a vegetarian curry... More
Gary S
22 January 2015|
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Response from Rhonda-Waitomo | Property representative |
We are open from 7.30 am to 10.30 pm every day over summer apart from Christmas Day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves
  • Phone Number: +64 7-878 8613
  • E-mail
Although called the 'general store', a name that harks back to the days when the buildings owners opened it as a store in 1910 ( the same family still owns the building) in fact it is a licensed cafe specialising in tasty good quality food at a sensible price.
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