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Licorice Cafe

57 State Highway 1, Motuoapa 3382, New Zealand
+64 7-386 5551
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“pancakes” (7 reviews)
“corn fritters” (2 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
57 State Highway 1, Motuoapa 3382, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Licorice Café is an oasis in a desert wilderness just out of Turangi - Lake Taupo, it provides simple cooked meals, a good selection of cakes and curiosities. We stopped on our trip up from Wellington to the Bay of Plenty and the coffee was...More

Thank Rodney M
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

I was a regular customer I started noticing the portion sizes changed each time I visited. Apart from that the customer service is brilliant and the coffee is great. The food is not up to regular standard as I am used to.

Thank chrisbaits
Reviewed 7 April 2018

We stopped off for lunch on the way to Tauranga. I had Eggs on Toast with Sausages, and my wife had Eggs Benny with bacon. Both meals were excellent. The only mild criticism was that the coffee, although tasty, could have been served hotter.

Thank Tenorman41
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

Since the change in management a year or so back the food changed. They are making an effort now with many cabinet food marked as GF. However, the omelette was more like a supermassive pikelet and quite unnecessary that this should be a processed food...More

Thank PeteOfPirongia
Reviewed 12 March 2018

The staff in this establishment are very well versed in customer service - always happy and polite and willing to help. The selections are broad so there is something for every hungry traveller. Super clean restrooms add to the overall excellent experience - thank you...More

Thank graphicats
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Great cafe, good service, good food. Had eggs bene on our last day before heading home, yum. Good iced chocolates as well. Always a pleasant experience.

Thank 983ElaineH
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We stopped for breakfast while travelling to Wellington and stayed longer than planned. Good breakfast options which were served promptly. The layout was sunny and restful and service was great.

Thank Doctommo
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for brekkie on way home back to Auckland. Husband enjoyed scrambled eggs however side of bacon was barely a side considering the price. I had poached eggs on toast. Basic, you get what you ask for and nothing more however felt like I...More

Thank CMat2015
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

There aren’t many cafes along the N1 south of Rotorua, but Licorice Cafe is well worth stopping at for a bite to eat and a coffee (other refreshments are available).

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for a quick bite on our way into Taupo. There was so much food to choose from either from the menu or cold cabinet. Coffee was fantastic. Good work from the baristas. There was plenty of seating. Toilets were clean. Gifts and...More

Thank Jessica C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 State Highway 1, Motuoapa 3382, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Motuoapa
  • Phone Number: +64 7-386 5551
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Locals, boaties and travellers alike choose breakfast or brunch at Licorice Cafe for its convenient location on State Highway 1, within walking distance of Motuoapa Marina. Our menu items and interesting selection of cabinet food will cater for all your family's needs. Relax in our sun drenched garden and enjoy the fresh fare prepared on the premises and the Supreme Coffee crafted by our passionate Baristas. We offer a selection of gourmet deli products to take away, including Base Camp Salamis, delicious Kapiti pre-baked breads, Tongariro Honey, Over the Moon Cheese and other (mainly) New Zealand products to make your lakeside picnic a success. Available for out-catering of office Christmas parties, boating trips and gatherings with friends. Be sure to order your Christmas fruit cake early. Our friendly team look forward to welcoming you to Licorice throughout the summer months. Open from 8am-4pm daily.
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