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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 good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (34 reviews)
“salad” (19 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 days ago

Having landed at Christchurch airport on a Sunday morning, we weren't sure what our local friend had in mind when she said she was taking us to a favourite of hers about 30 minutes' drive away. The provisions on offer at Pukeko Junction more than...More

Thank Aussie_Cygnet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last Wednesday, we had lunch and I ordered a salad to take with us, as we often have in the past. The written description of the salad was familiar (brown rice, greens etc) so when we opened it later for our evening meal, I was...More

Thank Deirdre L
celine g, Owner at Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feed back in trip advisor. We will have to work harder. Restaurant costs and wages and services required to run a restaurant sustainably must be far cheaper in Culverden.

Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Definitely arrive hungry! Food with substance, pleasing to the eye and a delight to the palette. Fine words i know but seriously though wont be disappointed. Everything we tried was divine, full of flavor and substantial in size. Orange cake was a stand out. Friendly...More

Thank Sheryl W
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Staff were welcoming and friendly but it took awhile for our coffees to arrive. What a shame that , after reading all the reviews about the lamb shank pie, it was so disappointing. Whatever herb was included (think it was tarragon) it just didn’t work....More

Thank NannaA53
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

We travel from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch quite regularly and often stop for lunch, every time we have eaten here it has always been very nice, staff friendly food is great! Look forward to our next stop!

Thank Elsie274
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Sadly it’s been a long time between visits as the cafe closes at 4 sometime before I am passing by. But today the cafe certainly lived us to my distant memory. Beautiful food with high quality, fresh ingredients, well presented and good portion sizes. Add...More

Thank Tim W
celine g, Owner at Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself and were able to come back and see us. Kind Regards Guy Graham

Reviewed 24 January 2018 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
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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$14
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, 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
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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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