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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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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (35 reviews)
“lamb shank pie” (10 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 3 days ago

Went to my old favourite place today SHOOK HORROR Man those prices have jumped so high I will never go back Husband had lamb shank pie no side salad thank you I said 11 dollars 50 Then I said I would have a garden salad...More

Thank DerekA510
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Pukeko Junction Cafe because we had heard it had a new owner who had an establish reputation for quality food and service in Christchurch. Sadly, this turned out to be a less than ideal experience. Initially, we ordered some cabinet food and...More

Thank chef165
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My vehicle nows to pull off here whenever I pass. The cabinet is always a riot of colour and flavours. This time the salmon flan was looking perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My partner had the bacon & egg pie. I love the fireplace,...More

Thank PauleLec
Reviewed 31 August 2018

A little disappointed after reading the reviews. Came with a small group for lunch. Egg and bacon pie was very dry. Coffee was good. Staff pleasant. Orders came in random order. Okay but not fantastic.

Thank NZfour
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Been here a few times over the last few years and on Saturday morning decided to drive out there from Christchurch to take a new friend there for coffee. Its always worth the trip. The coffee was great and I had Salted caramel cheesecake. It...More

Thank Carien v
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I had been coming here for years but after moving away I had not visited lately. After awful food elsewhere we knew that stopping here would not dissapoint. I had the lamb shank pie which was amazing and the coffee is always great also.

Thank pahau
Reviewed 30 June 2018

After yesterday's disappointing coffee experience (see our review of COCOA BLACK), da WanderingWabbits REALLY needed a decent cuppa. We got our fix at PUKEKO JUNCTION (on S/H 1 about 30km N of Christchurch). Don't think you'll just drop in for a quick coffee: when you...More

Thank WanderingWabbits
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Stop by here for a late lunch. Nice environment but was a little crowded though it was about 2pm+. Wide variety of choices. Prices are above average though. I tried the pie, tasty but not as good as the one we had at the Brewery...More

Thank motiver2018
Reviewed 24 June 2018

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 27 May 2018

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 28 May 2018

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.

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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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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