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Sands Cafe

603 Port Road, Whangamata, New Zealand
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good49%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (3 reviews)
“burgers” (4 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
603 Port Road, Whangamata, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

The barista was excellent and fixed one of our drink orders which has been taken incorrectly. The food took an hour to arrive at a time when there were only a few other tables which was disappointing. Food was also average and highly priced -...More

Thank KSLDW42
Reviewed 23 April 2017

It has changed names but the meals and the service was exceptional. Although it was busy we did not have to wait too long.

Thank CountryChick53
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Popped in here for breakfast - apologising for being so early at 7.30 am - and I was the only customer. Good friendly service. Ordered the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. There must have been 4 or 5 eggs as the portion was huge. And...More

Thank charteredlossadjuste
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Coffee and date scone was a perfect combination at this cafe in whangamatta. Staff friendly. Popular spot

Thank 274kelly
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Sands is gone. Nice coffee. Menu looked interesting and service was friendly. Covered outside area now with a large wooden pull across door to keep weather out on a cold February day.

Thank cHRIS9507
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Cleared our table and we got menus and setup high chair. Went up to order and they said "The kitchen is closed so we can catch up". Which is strange because the place wasn't even full. Used to love this place when it was Sands...More

3  Thank Sam T
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Now called Smash Pipi. Very friendly staff, good coffee and the best donuts ever. The breakfasts look really nice too, can't wait to go back and have one.

1  Thank Rach C
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

First off - this place is now called Smash Pipi. Everything was just average. Coffee was ok - not great, just ok. I got a salted caramel chocolate cake which looked amazing but was unfortunately bland and dry. I probably won't return.

1  Thank Lisa_WLG
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Tried it: not significantly marvellous enough to make one go back, - so I'm returning to my usual El Barrio or Lazy Lizard. However, it's only recently opened, so will probably retry it next month to see how it is.

Reviewed 25 August 2016

Terrible food in an awful café. I had the coronation chicken in a kind of wrap, and the plastic corner that had been cut off the sauce and was in my chicken!

1  Thank Jackie W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 603 Port Road, Whangamata, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Whangamata
  • Phone Number: 8658028
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