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Waitomo General Store

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15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-878 8613
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After 2 weeks traveling both Islands of New Zealand in a Camper Van with my hubby & 2 girls 7 & 4, we were really looking forward to a nice meal outside of the van! We arrived at the General Store & were greeted with a beautiful smile. We instantly relaxed outside under a heater. Dinner arrived super quick &... More 

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Thank Theresa M
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing on the shelves so don't bother. There was drinks like in a services station but thats it. There we're torches in the info center if you need them.

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Thank Brian R
Rotorua
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited here for a quick bite with the kids. It did the job and the tables on the deck are great. Would have given 5 if the staff were a bit more friendly.

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Thank James F
Sheffield
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here (both steak, with a cheesecake after). The fries were the best we had in NZ and the steaks were not bad either. Really enjoyed the meal. Service was friendly and good. Place was full when we left in the evening.

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Thank Ian C
Auckland, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped for tea and coffee. It was a very friendly and welcoming place. Great service and comfortable surroundings. There was a history of the store on display and kiwi goods for sale. Highly recommended.

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Thank Fleur M
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for breakfast on our way out of town. It was delicious, quick and affordable. They served the best muesli I had in both New Zealand and Australia. Happy we stopped here!

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Thank MountainMom78
Waitomo Caves, null, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got takeout as a special treat - came in nifty cardboard boxes - would have been perfect for a picnic too. The sirloin steak with salad and chips was super yummy and my husband said it was the best peppercorn sauce he has had. My ribs were just stunning - still trying to work out the secret ingredients -... More 

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Thank Anonymous105090
Orebro, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After going through the caves it was quite relaxing to sit outside the General Store with a coffee and cake. Good service.

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Thank Tom D
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cosy little store but with a very limited selection of products. I think they also serve food but I didn't try it. They have a nice porch where you can enjoy an ice cream or beer.

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Thank Frederik J
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't be put off by the name. This place is a cafe with some basic general store supplies - mainly for the campers across the road. They do great coffee and have a basic breakfast, lunch and dinner menu at reasonable prices. The service was not too slow. There is a pool table, some comfy chairs and crates, local artefacts,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 17
Cuisine
Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Waitomo Caves
  • Phone Number: +64 7-878 8613
Description
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?