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Reviewed 5 March 2024

An excellent dinner. It is clear to me since my last visit about 2 years ago that significant investment has been put in to this business. Plenty of cooking/washing upgrades were obvious and the outside pizza caravan was an absolute hit! The meals were excellent...and I would highly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024 via mobile

There are signs outside stating under new ownership. The salad and burger were very good. The servers were attentive and friendly. You order your meal at the bar and then it is served. We had to eat outside because of rain but the outside area...looked nice. My advice would be to paint the inside and change the decor a bit. It is a little hokey.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Nice bar with good beers and OK food. Our motel room however was infested with what appeared to be clothes moth lavae. Noticed a few at bedtime which inhibited sleep but in morning realised floor and carpet infested. You really don't want to be taking...these buggers home with you. In morning at checkout advised motel staff to be told that previous occupants of room 9 had not mentioned it and they would take a look later. No urgency to check there and then and no consideration of refund / discount. Kind of inferred we were making it up. If staying, avoid room 9, or motel all together. Was also expensive for what it is and staff not particularly friendly.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024 via mobile

We specifically visited here to eat, due to the bad reviews of all the other eateries in the area. The food, service and atmosphere were excellent. It would appear the restaurant is under new management and it felt like it. The staff were very helpful...and attentive. The food was excellent and at a good price. The outside eating areas are obviously undergoing a great upgrade and appear to benefit from it. Definitely worth checking out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

My partner and me come to have breakfast and absolutely loved the customer service, the gentleman behind the bar was super friendly an the food was amazing. Hot chocolate an coffee was best we have had in ages

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

What a fabulous pub. We went here for dinner and drinks and had a fabulous evening. The staff were friendly. Food absolutely delicious. The outside area is really lovely. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023

New management forces out tourists by asking for ID, which needs to be Kiki. We’re 30, but having been challenged had to leave when we can only display a UK driving licence and passport copy. Avoid if you’re not local.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023 via mobile

Popped in for a drink and some fries. Nice service great beers, great fries. Look for to coming back one day. Not cheap but cheap osnt good and good isnt cheap.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

I stopped in here for a beer after setting up my tent in the neighbouring campground. The beer was cheap but the service wasn’t great. The man behind the bar was condescending and rude, that put a dampener on my trip away. I did return...for a coffee in the morning which was excellent and the ladies were lovely! Maybe I caught the bartender on an off night, either way that’s my 2 centsMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Good motel accommodation. But be aware of price gouging. Motel room advertised for $170, when booked by phone told rate was now $230 because it was a long weekend, although we booked for midweek Wednesday, after booking in and paying we noticed some units were...still free and on checking they were still available on booking.com for $150More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023 via mobile

Saturday afternoon, wonder in for a drink or 2. Last visit a few years ago was memorable. New owner? Was tapped out making a few coffees. Anyway got the impression someone might of gotten into hospitality and now regretting it. Good luck we won’t be...back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023 via mobile

Manager Bonn was wonderful! The food was great, good value and filling. Lots of fun playing pool & darts. The daily specials were a good place to start - we had butter chicken and it was yum. We had breakfast & dinner here during our...stay and both were excellent.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023 via mobile

We loved this one place! We had such a lovely evening here and Bonn made our night extra special. The hospitality of Bonn was absolutely wonderful and the food at the tavern - outstanding! This is an absolute go too in Punakaiki. We only wished...we had been there before our last day!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023

We were travelling in a motor home so looked forward to a good meal. Well we were not disappointed. The food was great. The fish and chips with salad was the best and so was the sausages and mash. Good size serves and very quick....We had pavlova for desert and it was scrumptious. The best meal we had in New Zealand. The new owner was very friendly and there was a lovely homely feel. Highly recommend this tavern.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 May 2023

Such a great meal! Generous size, tasty and prompt! Couldn't have asked for more! The steak was perfectly cooked with plenty of mushrooms! Delicious!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Punakaiki Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4