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Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli Restaurant

State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
+64 3-314 8834
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (30 reviews)
“salad” (15 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not just amazing yummy food but outstanding welcome and service. The lady did customer service like a pro!! We had some delish morrocan soup and shared a lamb shank pie which was incredible! Will be back😁

Thank ShaunCarter74
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Morning stop for coffee prior to work, so takeaway coffee. Coffee beans from Hummingbird. Coffee temperature and flavour was OK.

Thank GastroGaz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, good selection of food, good coffee, I had the Pork apple sausage roll with salad, this was a great dish except for the cheap tomato sauce, a homemade tomato sauce or relish would of taken this dish to the next level.

Thank ShepherdWhanau F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As usual Pukeko Junction didn't disappoint. A timely stop between Christchurch and Hanmer Springs. Enjoyed yummy lunch with coffee and finished off with piece of our favourite lemon slice which is exquisite

Thank moragm941
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Usually excellent food and service, this time the service let it down. We called in on a midweek day and there were no more than six tables taken., We ordered - seafood chowder, a fishcake & side salad, coffees and a cake. It was 20...More

Thank CactusRose
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Stopped on the way to Hanmer and it was as usual full to overflowing. We call in often on our way north and have never been disappointed as the food and service are second to none for a cafe. Always plenty on the plate served...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We called in here to look at the gift shop and to choose some cake for afternoon tea. A busy cafe with a good selection to choose from. We selected a walnut and pear cake and an oat and caramel slice. Large servings that we...More

Thank GrannyG45
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We called in to Pukeko Junction for lunch on the way to Hanmer Springs. Good Selection of food and good service. The coffee (very important) was very good. Have driven past many times and glad we stopped this time and now know why the carpark...More

Thank Grant D
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Very impressive of freshly cooked and prepared foods making it a great stopover en route North or South from Christchurch. Baked goods a speciality and some of the tastiest scones in the region.

Thank Alexander M
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped art this place twice, once for coffee and once for lunch. Great food, cakes and coffee! A must stop on the way!

1  Thank Louise H
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Thats ridiculous! They have so many savory options beside cakes. You must be blind
3 September 2016|
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Response from Nigel T | Reviewed this property |
We've been dropping in to the Pukeko Junction on and off for fourteen years now. Sometimes our favourite dishes are sold out, so we try something else. But we drive hundreds of kms just to have their Chicken and Mushroom... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Leithfield
  • Phone Number: +64 3-314 8834
  • E-mail
The Peoples Choice winner in the NZ Cafe of the Year 2016 for the Canterbury Region, awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014, 2015, 2016 and featured in the Lonely Planet, Pukeko Junction Cafe & Deli is a must stop on your travels. The delicious food is all made in house, from the bread to the tarts, cakes, sauces and fresh salads. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with local free range eggs, their knock out seafood chowder or from the deli, a lamb shank pie or goats cheese tart with beetroot chutney. The baking selection features goodies such as apple, walnut & cinnamon rolls, rhubarb & walnut cake or lemon slice with a dollop of cream. Sip on expertly made hummingbird coffee or one of the local, Waipara wines by the log fire or outside with country views.
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