Julians Berry Farm & Café

Julians Berry Farm & Café, Whakatane: Hours, Address, Julians Berry Farm & Café Reviews: 4.5/5

Julians Berry Farm & Café
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Julians Berry Farm and Cafe is a unique Whakatane attraction offering freshly picked or pick-your-own berries, delicious berry ice creams, berry jams and other berry products, along with a range of local olive oils, handmade gifts and fresh local produce. Enjoy a great day out in the large, child-friendly cafe area, playground, basket ball half court, animal petting farm, soccer area, mini golf and other family activities. The Berry Farm is open from October to early February, 8am - 6pm for berries and ice creams, and 9am - 4pm for the cafe.
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RachaelR17
Wellington, New Zealand261 contributions
Yummy berries
Jan 2021
Enjoyed lunch here with lovely berry pancakes. The place was very busy over the summer break but service was still fast. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to pick any berries but they have plenty on sale if you want to purchase.
Written 6 March 2021
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Christina May Cruickshank
Tauranga, New Zealand221 contributions
January Summer Holiday! 🍦🍦🍦
Jan 2021 • Family
Whilst staying at Awakeri Hot Springs we decided to visit Julian's Berry Farm for an ice cream! Very delicious assortment of berry flavors! You also get to choose the sort of cone you'd like as well! Julians is situated on the main road towards Whakatane so if you're passing by pop in for a nice cold berry ice cream! They have a seasonal pick your own berries + a petting zoo & playground for the little ones! Give Julian's a go you won't regret it! 👍
Written 11 January 2021
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jmscbh
Wellington, New Zealand35 contributions
Delicious!
Jan 2021
Loved the food from the cafe, particularly the strawberry sundae and berry ice creams. We also purchased jams and preserves from the shop to try at home. Very busy but enjoyable. Pick your own fruit is also available. Lots of activities for children. Loved the place!!!
Written 9 January 2021
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Kaylie B
Napier, New Zealand27 contributions
A Must Do
Dec 2020 • Family
We were very impressed at this awesome place. There is a cafe, berry icecream, farm animals to pet, minigolf, playground and of course pick your own berries. We will be back again.
Written 28 December 2020
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Alice
3 contributions
Lovely lunch & great setting
Dec 2020
Had a family Christmas get together lovely food fast service and plenty to entertain kids of all ages, and left with plenty of fruit..
Written 20 December 2020
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Royston B
6 contributions
Family-unfriendly, a bad, chaotic layout, overpriced with dirty toilets. Very disappointing.
Dec 2020
Family-unfriendly, a bad, chaotic layout, overpriced with dirty toilets. Very disappointing.

I drove over from Rotorua to meet the family at the place as we'd decided to go fruit picking & grab an ice cream. Both my kids have severe food allergies and we have to prep our own food. Wanting to feed them before we head in, we tuck ourselves under a tree at the back of the car park. Took about 30 secs before a wandering teen in a hi-vis bluntly delivered a lecture about 'you can't just sit down and have a picnic.... we have a kitchen bla bla blah'. I mean... we were under a tree in the car park ffs and kids would have been fed in 5 mins before we came in and dropped a ton of money on fruit.

Not off to a great start.

So, we waste 45 mins packing up, heading to a local park, feeding the kids (done in 5 mins) and I would have considered that an end to a poor customer experience ..... but the kids were set on ice cream and berry picking, so we (I) begrudgingly returned.

Place is trying to fit too much in (for the $$$ I'm guessing). It was kinda chaos. No clear customer flow and no signage to help (certainly not clear enough for the number of ppl there).

First thing I worked out was the pre-picked & packed fruit at the door was way less than the Pick Your Own option....bizarrely so. 2x 1kg packs for $20 Vs $20 for a 1.1kg PYO punnet, despite the implied free labour implied with PYO, which kinda grated.

We mulled over the logic of that over some some ice creams which were actually not bad, despite the wife having to run after the server as she was only (continuously) scanning half the seating areas for our number. We got them before they started melting.

Place seems to be run by college kids who, whilst hard working had zero desire to engage with customers above and beyond the basics. ... let's say 'cold but functional' and would benefit from some more training.

We finished up, decided by this point we were just going to grab the cheap pre-picked option and run. Hit the toilets and they were a mess..... there's obviously no systems in place to keep on top of them when busy.

Headed back out to the shop where there was a huge queue of people waiting to pay for their PYO and / or pre-picked fruit & have it wrapped, at which point, we just cut the experience dead in it's tracks and headed home, grabbing fruit from somewhere else instead (and even cheaper).

Experience was probably initially soured by the blunt, unfriendly and inflexible approach to the basic act of allowing another human being to feed their kids (and once again... this was the back of the car park ... we weren't whipping out a picnic in the middle of the restaurant).... but it didn't get any better.
Written 13 December 2020
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Titch
Tauranga, New Zealand24 contributions
Strawberry sundaes
Nov 2020 • Couples
Julian's have a great menu to suit all tastes. Not gourmet food but never the less really good food. Fries, burgers the list goes on. Real fruit icecream, berries and all the bits to go with it. We were just passing through and tried the strawberry sundae. This was the small portion 🤩🤩. I would not like to attempt the large size. Try them but beware the calories.😂
Written 31 October 2020
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Harvey
Wellington, New Zealand19 contributions
Fantastic icecreams
Oct 2020
Fresh berry ice-creams made on-demand - fantastic!
Outdoor seating and child friendly. good berry shopping too in season..
Written 28 October 2020
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AskDrN
Ahipara, New Zealand155 contributions
Perfect Day
Oct 2020
Julian's has something for everyone. A nice car park and trim neat fields surround the shop which sports a wonderful cafe and fun ice cream vendor. There are plenty of jams and jellies, strawberry compote and gifts for shoppers. The food in the cafe is delicious and filling. There's a birthday party area, nice bathrooms, and plenty of outdoor seating. I enjoyed their fresh salad and strawberry ice-cream and was even able to feed my habit for a bottle of Coke Zero. The put put golf was fun, even though Kirk won!
Written 27 October 2020
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Tony S
Stevenage, UK121 contributions
Now closed and up for sale
Mar 2020
The Berry Farm appears to be closed and has a 'For Sale' sign. It's very well-known and always seemed busy, so I expect it to reopen under new management next summer.
Written 13 May 2020
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Julians Berry Farm & Café is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM