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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“lamb shank pie” (12 reviews)
“salad” (20 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

The popular dining spot excels itself in friendly fresh food served in very appetising way ! The desserts are very notable and surpass expectations!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Alexander M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We recently visited Pukeko Junction Cafe for lunch and a coffee. The coffee was good and the food was nice. Great selection in the cabinet. This is the second time we have been recently and the only down for this location is the cleanliness. Any...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank NinanEvie
Reviewed 2 days ago

First time here, a quick break on a long drive. Changed my mind & decided to take the beetroot & feta tart away rather than dine there, due to the unfriendly welcome and ‘flat’ atmosphere! A bit of conversation and jollyness with maybe some background...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Rme48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been frequenting Pukeko Junction cafe for over 15 year's when we drive North. It used to be the MUST STOP location! Unfortunately this is no longer the case. The staff weren't friendly or welcoming. We were grunted at by the man at the front...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank michellebS5158EQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Umm! Average only on the whole. My family of 4 stopped in for a snack/light lunch. I had a coffee and carrot cake. I wouldn’t rave about the coffee, but the cake was very nice. The only complaint about the cake was the size of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ShirleydK39
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have a ten-year old history stopping in that restaurant for lunch, afternoon tea etc etc. now it seems to be under new management or ownership.. having just returned from some extensive overseas trip we went there to enjoy the food and relax... Sadly things...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank reginald m
AnkitB861, Owner at Pukeko Junction Cafe and Deli, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi There, Thank you for reviewing pukeko junction without having any food in the premises.Not sure how you have reached any conclusion without even tasting our food.Dont know what was your issue with new ownership.It seems like you had already decided to go all out...More

Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

My family and I stopped in on our way north from Christchurch and had a great lunch. The sausage roll was delicious and so were the coffees. The only negative was the wait time for our food to be heated and made etc. It was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Twochilledoutkiwis
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

Loved the coffee - but the service was very poor and the wait time far to long - either not enough waiting staff or process behind the counter is poor. Was also surprised at the pricing- more like city prices than the prices of similar...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank S7014CSmichaelh
Reviewed 27 November 2018 via mobile

Another visit today to Pukeko Junction, and great cafe just 35 minutes north of Christchurch. A great place for lunch and excellent coffee - one of the best flat whites you'll find. The cabinet food is of high standard and offers an excellent choice. I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank drcapill
Reviewed 18 November 2018

Hello Pukeko Junction, I'd like to offer a tidbit of feedback... if you leave a woman who's 8 months pregnant waiting 40 minutes for her lunch offer her some cake. It was sunday, I understand you're busy hence I waited so patiently for so long....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Cherrie F
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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$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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, 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
  • 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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