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Café Encounter - Fantastic Local Fare

Absolute waterfront with spectacular views

COVID-19 & EARTHQUAKE REPAIRS - We are currently temporarily closed for earthquake repairs and look forward to reopening our newly refurbished doors to you soon!
Find us at the operating base for the Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter tours, 96 Esplanade.
Summer open from 7.00am - 4.30pm  Winter open from 7.30am - 4.30pm 

Located on the beachfront, Cafe Encounter is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or lunch before or after one of our exciting dolphin or albatross tours, or to savor coffee and snacks throughout the day.  The outdoor courtyard is a spacious and picturesque place to relax and unwind enjoying the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the magnificent Seaward Kaikoura Mountain range.

Our menu is simple and delicious with options catering to all tastes and dietary requirements.  From our signatory seafood chowder and Encounter Benedict, to a wide selection of cabinet items and muffins and scones, baked fresh each day. A selection of hot items can be found in the pie warmer, including our delicious Encounter Pies and we even have a kids menu. 

With a skilled team led by Peter Morrison, originally from Ireland, but now regarded as a local, our experience, passion and creative flair ensures an exciting menu of delicious fare.

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Café Encounter

Café Encounter

Enjoy breakfast or lunch in Kaikoura while being captivated by spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Seaward Mountains.

You will find the café at 96 Esplanade on the beachfront, inside the tour operation complex. We have plenty of parking on site or along the Esplanade close by. Our has coffee supplied by Ozone Coffee and is fully licensed offering a range of beers and wine, including locally sourced options.

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Gift Shop & Gallery

Gift Shop & Gallery

No visit to Kaikoura is complete without a souvenir and we have a wide range on offer.

The shopping experience at the gift shop and gallery is sure to impress with a quality selection of items and clothing. New Zealand made clothing and gifts is our focus and we have items to suit all tastes and budgets. With unique art works and stunning jewelry the retail and gallery space adjacent to the café provides the perfect solution to buying gifts for friends and family. Open from 7.30am – 5.30pm daily.
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Conference Venue

Conference Venue

Spectacular location right on the waterfront with outstanding views over the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Seaward Mountains.

Hold your next meeting or special event in our private function room in this prime location. We have catering and buffet options available. Make an enquiry today and we will see that you are well looked after.

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