Top 10 restaurants in Te Kuiti, New Zealand

December 26, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Te Kuiti is a small town in the north of the King Country region of the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the junction of State Highways 3 and 30 and on the North Island Main Trunk railway, 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of Hamilton. At the 2001 census it had a resident population of 4,374, a decrease of 5.1% since 1991. The town promotes itself as the sheep shearing capital of the world and is host to the annual New Zealand National Shearing Championships.
Things to do in Te Kuiti

1. Bosco Cafe

57 Te Kumi Road, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$86 +64 7-878 3633
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 248 reviews

Bosco Cafe

Bosco Café has been providing travellers and locals with great coffee, sustenance and relaxation for over 15 years. We are known far and wide as the place to stop in Te Kuiti. Our food is wholesome, tasty and satisfying. There is a wide range of items in the counter display, as well as an extensive breakfast menu and several made-to-order lunch items to choose from. Everything we sell is made in our kitchen (except the famous Denheath custard squares which we import from the South Island). We have a selection of vegetarian and gluten free items available at all times. We operate in a lovely timber and glass building, architecturally designed and purpose built. On fine days customers enjoy our outdoor Seating area and garden, with beautiful Brook Park as a backdrop. We have plenty of parking, both in front and behind the café.

Reviewed By acoton - Christchurch, New Zealand

Handy cafe located just off the highway at the edge of Te Kuiti. Big, open place with plenty of Seating and Reading material with a small kids area in the corner.
An inviting cabinet selection and breakfast landing menu.
I had an ice coffee and chicken and mushroom pie. Pie was tasty, hot and came with a side salad. Ice coffee was standard. Enjoyed taking a rest here.

2. Riverside Lodge

1 Riverside Lane, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$196 +64 7-878 8027
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Riverside Lodge

Welcome to the Riverside where locals have been meeting and eating for over 100 years. Peter(Dingo) and Sandy Jones are your hosts. A favourite eating place and watering hole for both locals and visitors, the Riverside offers extensive seasonal lunch and dinner menus featuring, amongst other items, tender and tasty steaks, succulent seafoods, gourmet pizzas and a selection of bar snacks. There is also a delicious dessert board, all made in house. Riverside also offers a chef's board featuring specialty dishes. Riverside has an expansive riverbank deck for summer dining. We stock a selection of NZ beers and cider on tap, plus a variety of NZ and international bottled beers and ciders, NZ and Australian wines, Spirits, and RTDs as well as a wide range of both low alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Riverside has a function room available for meetings, private dinners, parties and wakes. There is a delicious finger food menu for functions. Buffet lunches and dinners for groups are available by arrangement. •5 TV's for your sporting entertainment • TAB •9 Lion Foundation Gaming machines •pool table •dart board

Reviewed By sunnygirl025 - London

Just back from a great, but unexpected night out. Strolling through Te Kuiti looking for somewhere to eat, we came across the sign on the high street to Riverside. Starving we went straight for it - and had a great night. Fab location, chilled, relaxed,...MoreThank you! We had a lovely night too.....hoping you enjoy the remainder of your stay in NZ.

3. Roselands Waitomo Caves

579 Fullerton Road | 3981, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand Delivery, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Buffet, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Barbecue, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Late Night HK$204 +64 7-878 7611
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Roselands Waitomo Caves

Roselands is New Zealand's first Qualmarked restaurant visitor experience. Roselands offers premium meat portions cooked on the BBQ just how you like it with a buffet of fresh home-made salads, sauces, bread and rice. A dessert buffet of home-made traditional New Zealand cookies and our ever popular carrot cake are available afterwards with tea and coffee. Roselands can accommodate anywhere from 1-300 persons in one sitting. Specialising in large group catering but walk-ins are most welcome. Offering fast and efficient service is our goal. You are able to begin your meal as soon as you walk in, or you can enjoy the experience of the BBQ with the BBQ chefs and interact with them as they cook your meat order. Roselands provides a genuinely New Zealand BBQ experience in a little slice of New Zealand paradise. Surrounded by nature and farm land Roselands is something that little bit different for a unique dining experience. Get back to nature while you are here and enjoy exploring the bush paths and award-winning Gardens. Plenty of bird watching opportunities or get up-close and pet the friendly farm animals.

Reviewed By JN_Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

We were picked up from our accommodation in Waitomo, about a 5 minute drive away. Plenty of people freedom camping in their parking lot.
Food was delicious and plentiful, and the staff were super friendly and helpful. The location is really beautiful, and was a fabulous place to watch the sun set behind the hills.
Definitely recommended!

4. Tiffanys Cafe

241 Rora Street, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand Seating, Takeout Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +64 7-878 8872
Excellent
11%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
14%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 42 reviews

Tiffanys Cafe

Reviewed By perryfamily2015 - perryfamily2015

Good coffee, dreadful tea, scary toilets and a large dim and cold building that feels like it's in transition to become something else. Dated and sad looking. Felt depressed. Very friendly staff though, despite the banal surroundings. Felt "industrial", like the back of a warehouse or bus depot. Weird.
Cabinet food looked like it had been around a while so I didn't have any. Pies looked good although didnt try them.

5. Wheels Restaurant

Awakino Rd, Te Kuiti 2500, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 7-878 6790
Excellent
18%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
39%
Poor
12%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Wheels Restaurant

Reviewed By Steven N - Auckland, New Zealand

Pretty average pitstop in-between travels, the food is what you would expect, with similar pricing to elsewhere - Why do we stop here ? - We like the pies, there great

6. Huhu

10 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves 3943, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$220 +64 7-878 6674
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Huhu

HUHU Cafe offers visitors to Waitomo the opportunity to sample great New Zealand cuisine in a beautiful setting. We offer a delicious evening menu, perfect for enjoying with a cold one on the sunny deck after a hard day's caving or glow-worm spotting! You can enjoy delicious treats such as Caramelised Garlic & Goats Cheese Tart, Wild Rabbit Hotpot, Organic Rib-Eye, Dark Chocolate Souffle & Poached Tamarillos to name but a few (please note that our menu changes on a regular basis, depending on what we can source from our suppliers). Wherever possible, we use local providers - our lamb comes from farms around Te Kuiti, our cheese from Putaruru & our berries (when in season) are from Piopio. Our wine list consists of a number of great New Zealand wine varieties and our beer list features a selection of boutique beers to whet the whistle! Cosy up by our woodburner during the winter months or chill out on our deck over summer... Have we tempted your tastebuds? Well then, we look forward to seeing you at HUHU sometime soon!

Reviewed By Claire D

We were hesitant to come here with a young child (2 years old), but the staff were welcoming and accommodating. Our child’s meal from the kid’s menu was huge - we were offered a take home box and it kept her fed the next day as well.
Our meals were delicious, generously portioned and perfectly cooked. The view from the cafe is fantastic and the general atmosphere is lovely.

7. Waitomo General Store

15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$55 - HK$141 +64 7-878 8613
Excellent
30%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 322 reviews

Waitomo General Store

Although called the 'general store', a name that harks back to the days when the buildings owners opened it as a store in 1910 ( the same family still owns the building) in fact it is a licensed cafe specialising in tasty good quality food at a sensible price.

Reviewed By Joanne R - Crested Butte, Colorado

OK, it's a order-at-the-counter deli with some pretty interesting sammies displayed. But they have a menu and that's where the magic is. The "lamb burger" was a heavenly concoction of braised lamb, brie, pickled veggies and onion rings on a great, fresh pretzel bun. And it was served with a basket of huge fries fresh out of the fryer. Try the "hot dogs," little taste treats on a stick served with the same delicious fries. Has a beer and wine bar, too.

8. The Muster Bar

12 King Street East, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand Serves Alcohol Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +64 7-878 8496
Excellent
83%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

The Muster Bar

Reviewed By Stottybro - Hamilton, New Zealand

I have now eaten at The Muster Bar several times! The first time there I had the Lamb Burger which was delicious, and the the 2nd time had the Hawaiian Burger! Now that burger is tha Bomb!! I have never tasted anything like it before!! Yummmmmmo!! The bar staff,( not mentioning any names.... ) Sonya, Liz n Johhno..!! You couldn't get more friendlier than them! That's what makes The Muster Bar... Awesome customer service!! I recommend to anyone wanting a bar snack or a full meal, a must go there!!! Top place in Te Kuiti!! The meals where lest than $20.00

9. Wool Press Cafe

129 Rora Street, Te Kuiti 3910, New Zealand Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$86 +64 7-878 8841
Excellent
37%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Wool Press Cafe

If your looking for tasty home made food WOOL PRESS CAFE is the place to be. Enjoy awesome coffee with Raglan Roast beans while you consider your selections from All Day Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Pizza, Salads, Pies & Pastries, Sweets & Cakes. Everything is made on premises by our qualified chef, so quality and tastiness is a certainty. Friendly staff, awesome food and coffee all served in a relaxing atmosphere make this the place to be in Te Kuiti. Now offering FREE WI FI

Reviewed By TeriKay - Half Moon Bay, California

Visited off hours, so we were the only ones there. Service good, burger good, milk shake marginal. But they tried...

10. Youngs Seafoods & Takeaways

Rora Street, Te Kuiti, New Zealand Seafood +64 7-878 8114
Excellent
72%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Youngs Seafoods & Takeaways

Reviewed By Moei-Oz - South of Sydney

There is a wide range of food to choose from sandwiches to cooked food and sweets. The food tastes good and so for lunch or a quick bite it is the place to go.

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