Colenso Cafe – Cafés Whenuakite

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Colenso Cafe

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Covid-19 Status

Open for dining with social distancing measures in place. We have indoor dining and plenty of space in our beautiful gardens.
COVID-19 health and safety practices are fully observed in the preparation and delivery of our meals.

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895 Tairua Whitianga Road
New Zealand 3591

Business Hours

Winter hours
  • Mon 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed Closed now
  • Thu 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Christmas and Boxing Day

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Ever changing menu
Family dining under umbrella outside


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An iconic country cafe, orchard and gift shop set in a relaxing country environment on the route between Tairua and Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. Come and enjoy our delicious cafe food and excellent service. Indoor or al fresco seating among our orchards and gardens.

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Join us in our unique country cafe setting

Colenso is one of the Coromandel Peninsula’s best known establishments – perfect for a catch up with friends and family or for a delicious breakfast, morning tea or lunch-time stop during your Coromandel journey. With its shop, garden and mandarin orchard, Colenso has long been a favourite of locals and holiday visitors.

We focus on fresh seasonal produce & great service

Our team has a passion for fresh seasonal produce, using what we can from our own orchard & gardens to delight your senses & taste buds. We pride ourselves on our great coffee & food selection, and providing you a warm, welcoming environment. Cakes, tarts and quiches are freshly baked and changing menu boards offer light lunches, platters, soups and seasonal healthy salads. Many of the old favourites remain and have been given new life with the new chef's little touches. Sourdough is housemade, and garnishes come from the cafe’s own gardens. Housemade bread and seasonal fruits & flowers are regularly available for purchase.

Colenso Cafe coffee and beverages

Colenso is licensed and serves Atomic coffee and a variety of teas. In season we offer our own freshly squeezed mandarin juice. Stop in for morning or afternoon tea or linger a little longer over lunch and a glass of wine.

  • Atomic coffee
  • Selection of t-leaf teas and infusions
  • Belgian hot chocolates 
  • Wine and beer
  • A selection of smoothies and frappes
  • Freshly squeezed juice (when in season).

Colenso Gift Store

Browse our gift store while you visit. We offer a selection of adults & children's books, essential pantry delights for the home gourmet including preserves, herbs & spices. Enjoy and purchase beautiful local art and gift cards in store, supporting our wonderfully talented artists and artisans. Indulge in local produce, treat yourself or loved ones to beautiful Nellie Tier products, locally made soaps, gorgeously scented earth candles or select from our range of homewares and gifts.

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The stories we'd heard are all true - loved it! 

Leslie and Dennis
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Great aromas from the kitchen garden. Wonderful. 

Nicki and JA
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We love coming here, if only we had such a homely, relaxing and inviting concept back home. Fantastic ambience, service and cheer. 

M and M Hope
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