Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Country Cafes and Pub Grub

Manawatu has a range of country cafes and pubs located amongst some of the most scenic landscapes the region has to offer.
Opening times vary, so be sure to phone ahead.

Apiti Tavern and Eatery – A must-visit on your journey, pop in and meet the locals and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Sit outside in the summer or cosy up beside the roaring log fire in the winter. A year round destination for good food, great coffee and drink.

Awastone – Pop in for Sunday Lunches & Live Music during summer, located right beside the river in stunning surroundings. Bookings requried 06 382 5744

Ashhurst Inn – Perfect for a drink and quality meal. Open 7 days enjoy good dining indoors and out with great accommodation available.

County Fayre – located in the historic country council building, pop in for a Devonshire tea, buy some local product and check out the heritage and photographic displays.

Cartwheel Creamery – Check out this micro creamery that uses bespoke recipes for delicious award winning cheeses. Please check opening times.

Cheltenham Hotel – Winner of New Zealand’s Best Country Hotel award in 2010, this classic country pub is a must visit with a hearty atmosphere.

Kimbolton Hotel – A family friendly pub in the heart of Kimbolton, check out the menu and indulge in some hearty pub cuisine. The hotel is also a registered park over property so self contained motorhomes and campervans are welcome.

Hansen’s Cafe and Store – A peaceful and inviting atmosphere awaits you at Hansen’s. Daytime dining is cafe style, with fresh food made in-house including vegetarian and gluten free options.

Murray’s Irish Bar – Discover Feilding’s very own Irish bar where there is always something happening. Enjoy $10 lunches Mon-Sun.

Pilgrims Rest – Meet ‘Chicken’ the friendly deer and indulge in some tasty home baking while taking in the expansive views over the valley below from this unique vantage point.
Bookings required. Phone 06 329 4705

The Bridge Cafe – is a quirky, country style café situated in Ballance, just a short 25 minute drive from Palmerston North. A great option for the whole family with native bush and the Manawatu River nearby and a large outdoor area perfect for the kids.

the herb farm gardens & café – Enjoy locally sourced food that nourishes the soul. While there check out the fourteen themed gardens that stretch over 2 acres including the fairy garden and ‘Herbitton’ popular with the kids. The gardens are free to enjoy or groups of 10 or more can book for a fascinating guided tour of the gardens ($5 a person). The Herb Farm also offer ‘Hands on’ workshops where groups can create a cream. Visit and see the living magic at work in the gardens and experience it by using their products available in the on site retail store.

The Woolshed Cafe – Located on SH1 south of Sanson, The Woolshed Cafe offers a relaxing spacious eating experience in a countryside setting.