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Café Encounter - Fantastic Local Fare

Absolute waterfront with spectacular views

Opening Hours: 7.30am - 3.00pm 7 days a week.
You can find us at the operating base for Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter tours at 96 Esplanade, on the beachfront in Kaikoura.  There's plenty of free parking onsite and nearby, along the Esplanade.

With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the magnificent Seaward Kaikoura Mountain range, it is the perfect place to savour a meal or enjoy a coffee and a snack.  We have a spacious courtyard, a covered heated annex suitable for all weathers and ample indoor seating.  A great place to relax and unwind for a while.

Our menu is simple and delicious and along with our well stocked cabinet, beautiful salads, muffins and scones baked fresh every day you are sure to find something that takes your fancy.

We are family friendly.  We have high chairs and a kid's menu along with plenty of colouring to keep the little ones entertained.

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Café Encounter

Café Encounter

We are a fully licensed cafe offering a range of beers and wine, including locally sourced options. 

Our coffee is supplied by Ozone Coffee.


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Gift Shop & Gallery

Gift Shop & Gallery

Linger a while in our diverse and spacious retail store. Open 7.30am-4.00pm daily.

We work to provide a low key and friendly shopping experience.  We have a very varied selection; New Zealand made clothing and gifts are our focus and we have items to suit all tastes and budgets. With unique art works and a stunning jewellery collection, the retail and gallery space adjacent to our café provides the perfect solution to buying gifts for friends and family.

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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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