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Cafe Encounter

Our fully licensed café provides the perfect setting to enjoy great coffee and cuisine. Our extensive dining area is both inside and outside, welcoming you to take time to soak up the sun and enjoy the view.

We are proud to offer New Zealand produce and wines and, whenever possible, utilise regional suppliers. Our breakfast and lunch menus offer tasty Kiwi cuisine, light tasty meals, great coffee and a fantastic selection of local beers and wines.

Locals can enjoy our Coffee Club and you can work your way up to a FREE hot drink, YAY!

Why not bring the 'little ones' along for lunch and relax as they play in our new funky Kiddies Corner.

If you are a visitor to town, where better to plug in and surf the Net with our Zenbu Wireless Internet with up to 20MB free with any purchase.

Catering for groups and special events is available in our private function room with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains. Contact us for personalised menus and buffet options and let us take care of your needs.

Nigel Evans, from Wales, leads the kitchen team at Café Encounter as Head Chef. Nigel brings with him over 20 years of culinary experience (as well as a cheeky Welsh sense of humour) and a wealth of mouth watering recipes for you to enjoy.

Check out todays menus:

Adobe Acrobat DocumentBreakfast Menu 2017
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In addition to this lunch menu we also offer a wide range of delicious daily blackboard specials and cabinet items.


Café Encounter's choice of roasted coffee bean is Ozone Coffee based in New Plymouth. The Ozone Coffee Signature Blends and Single Origin coffees are all 100% Arabica and proudly roasted right here in New Zealand . Ozone Coffee is fully committed to the philosophy of fair trade and are great supporters of the environment with their bio degradable takeaway containers. In short....we love their coffee and hope you do too!!!


Cafe Photos
 Coffee machine.  © Dennis Buurman» Coffee Making
 Suzie Green making a mouthwatering fruit smoothie.  © Dennis Buurman» Suzie
 Open fish burger.  © Dennis Buurman» Open Burger
 Kyle Rayner producing another masterpiece.  © Dennis Buurman» Kyle
 Joan Martin is one of our team in the kitchen and she produces our wonderful baking. Joan is our longest serving kitchen member, having been with us since we opened the cafe in September 2004!  © Dennis Buurman» Joan Martin
 Avocado and chicken bagel.  © Dennis Buurman» Avocado and Chicken Bagel


Cafe Opening Hours:

7.30am - 4.30pm  |  Breakfast Available Until 11.00am

For further information on the café, out catering and making a reservation
please contact us on 0800 733 365 or +64 3 319 6777 ext. 2.