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Country Cuisine - Pubs and Cafés

Take a trip into the countryside and experience a taste of Manawatū's best hospitality, located amongst some of the region's most scenic landscapes.
Take a trip into the countryside and experience a taste of Manawatū's best hospitality, located amongst some of the region's most scenic landscapes.
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Ginger Bird Café

Ginger Bird Café, Colyton

This countryside café offers tasty treats made on-site each morning, filling the cabinet with delicious slices, gourmet pies, panini's, corn fritter stacks and vegetable frittatas to name a few. Get your caffeine hit and order a coffee made with Ebony Coffee Beans which are locally roasted in Palmerston North. Housed within two shipping containers with indoor and outdoor seating options, it's no wonder this is a popular spot with the locals.

Open Tuesday to Friday 8.30am - 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 3pm.

Rusty Radiator Diner/Café

Rusty Radiator Diner/Café, Halcombe

Journey to Halcombe, only 11 minutes from Feilding, and you'll find the automotive-themed Rusty Radiator Diner/Café. A former gas station site, which offers friendly service and tasty treats. A perfect stop for when you're out on your 'Sunday drive'.

Open seven days.

Hansen's Café

Hansen's Café, Kimbolton

A peaceful and welcoming atmosphere awaits you at Hansen’s Cafe, situated in the heart of Kimbolton Village. Dining is café style, offering fresh food made in-house and the service at Hansen’s is second to none. Hansen’s is the perfect Saturday family day trip or stop off point when travelling between Taupō and Wellington.

Open Thursday to Saturday 10am - 4pm

Cheltenham Hotel

The Cheltenham Hotel, Cheltenham

Classic rural pub? Tick. Some of the best fish and chips in Manawatū? Tick. Affectionately referred to as ‘The Chelty’ and located just 15 mins from Feilding, this historic watering hole is popular with locals and visitors alike. Originally built in 1876, the pub sits at the cross-roads of Kimbolton Road and Cheltenham-Hunterville Road, a perfect stop off if you’re heading to Vinegar Hill or up through Kimbolton and on to northern Manawatū. The Chelty is also home to the annual speed shear competition – where once a year shearers’ from around the country flock to compete against one another in the lead up to the renowned Golden Shears.

Open Monday to Tuesday 4pm - late, Wednesday to Friday 2pm - late, Saturday to Sunday 11am - late. Also available for private functions and bookings.

MOOMAA Café and Design Store

MOOMAA Café and Design Store, Marton

Located on State Highway One, MOOMAA Cafe and Design Store has a super stylish interior, outdoor courtyard, colourful cabinet food and a delicious breakfast and lunch menu, MooMaa offers the perfect weekend outing – just half an hour from Palmerston North on the outskirts of Marton. While you’re enjoying your meals, make sure you browse the eye candy on display in the MOOMAA Design Store. They have a range of visually tantalizing furniture, homewares, wallpaper and fabrics and owner Emma Shannon, a qualified Interior and Graphic Designer, is on hand to offer her design and consultation services.

Open Monday to Sunday 9am - 3pm

Āpiti Tavern & Eatery, Āpiti

Āpiti Tavern & Eatery, Āpiti

Under new ownership and with an innovative new menu (cooked by an award-winning chef), Āpiti Tavern & Eatery is situated at the foot of the Ruahine Ranges – perfect for that cold drink after an outdoor adventure. It’s a friendly country tavern with a relaxed feel and welcoming staff, and loads of seating both indoor and out. We love the smoked brisket burger and the sticky date pudding. Importantly, there’s plenty of room to park the motorhome!

Open Thursday to Sunday

From award winning restaurants and wine and cocktail bars to inner-city cafés and causal eateries - Manawatū's eating and drinking scene has a lot to get excited about!

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