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Kai Waka Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, , Healthy
194 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
+64 3-528 7333
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (16 reviews)
“rosti” (2 reviews)
Open Now
8:30 AM - 4:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
194 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 76 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was recommended by two ladies from the golf club to come here, so I had lunch here. Not that much choice for dairy free, but I had a lentil salad which was tasty.

Thank Pedroziggy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first impression on my first visit wasn't that great - the coffee was sub standard to my liking. However I now am a regular and struggle to resist buying my lunch there 2 or 3 times a week. My biggest challenge is choosing what...More

Thank Marg P
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I don't usually write bad reviews but after the way I was treated yesterday at this establishment I think others have a right to know what to expect. I have been a regular customer at this cafe since it first opened about 15 years ago,...More

Thank Gaye C
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We thought this was a fantastic cafe. Great food, excellent coffee, home made almond milk. Excellent salads with vegan choices. And cool surroundings with excellent friendly service. If you're in Motueka we'd say this is the best cafe to go to.

1  Thank CEWatat79
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Came across it while visiting. Friendly atmosphere, great range of food to suit all diets. Very efficient service, suit families, groups of friends, couples, everyone.

1  Thank Hazel H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

So great to go out for lunch and to be easily able to choose from more than one, or just a green salad, option that was free of allergens ie Gluten, dairy and nuts. Very tasty

Thank FMA144
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

The best pumpkin soup i have ever tasted, and i have made a few. Yummy bread, tasty vege and feta salad, naughty chips. I rarely give a 5 star rating but this unassuming little cafe earned it. Sorry, didn't try the coffee.

Thank roadfill
Reviewed 14 July 2017

I'll admit to being a 'regular' at the Kai Waka café, where they definitely earn my high rating from a great variety of healthy home-cooked fare, it's laid back atmosphere, and friendly staff. If not in a hurry, settle in and enjoy one of this...More

Thank KiwiSaver
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Not sure if it is the brand of coffee, or the barrister, but your coffee is always bitter. Had the salmon with rosti and salad for lunch. Quite nice, but salmon over cooked.

Thank mabel132
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere with a super friendly staff and absolutely incredible food. Extremely deep selection of coffee and tea as well.

Thank muddobber26
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$17
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 194 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Motueka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-528 7333
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