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Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli

State Highway 1 458 Ashworths Road RD 1, Leithfield 7481, New Zealand
+64 3-314 8834
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“salad” (17 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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1 - 10 of 147 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place I go to “sometimes” and when I do it is amazing. Today was no exception...we shared 3 different cake slices and they were all unique and delicious...a must go to place.

Thank Justine R
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I love this cafe! Food is amazing, the people and service are top notch. One of the best seafood chowders I've ever had and the kids meals are A+

Thank Tristin S
Reviewed 12 November 2017

always busy with tourists and the blue rinse bragade but they do the best pie in canterbury, lamb shank, well worth stopping

Thank kyoshikiwi
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Headed here for brunch with a friend and had a very enjoyable meal! The service was nice and efficient although they were a little confused with our table numbers until I realised they were walking around with my plate. The iced chocolates are really good...More

Thank Brooke-KiwiTraveller
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Came for a quick lunch with my daughter, both menu and cabinet food was not very kid friendly. No chips are available. Coffee was hummingbird which is normally ok but was weak. Service was slow and took ages for a muffin to come out. Won’t...More

Thank Amberlincoln
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We have patronized this restaurant for years and it is still the best place for lunch I know. Good range of tasty and appealing cabinet food which can be served with a delicious salad. The desserts are delicious but I'm usually too full after my...More

Thank jeeljo
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Always one of the best lunches available in North Canterbury and very friendly staff. Easy parking too

Thank Nik M
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Hanmer from Christchurch. Warm welcome, coffee OK and a great bacon sarnie. Good prices. Would definitely stop again.

Thank Andrea E
Reviewed 6 June 2017 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 5 June 2017

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

Thank GastroGaz
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
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
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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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