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Café Encounter - Fantastic Local Fare

Absolute waterfront with spectacular views

Café Encounter is located within the operating base for the Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter tours. 

It is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or lunch before or after your tours or perhaps to savor coffee and snacks throughout the day.  The outdoor courtyard is spacious and a picturesque place to relax and unwind enjoying the sun and the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the magnificent Seaward Kaikoura Mountain range.

The menu is simple, fresh and casual and will accommodate everyone irrespective of dietary requirements and taste.  We focus on sourcing our food within the local area if possible with seafood being a permanent inclusion on the menu.  Delicious seafood chowder, our signature dish, is a popular choice all year round and locally caught crayfish is available in season too!   A cabinet provides a delicious variety of light options and homemade baking with the choices changing daily.

Families are very welcome with a safe paly area for them and high chairs provided if required.

Our café kitchen team is led by Peter Morrison originally form Ireland but now regarded as a local!  He has over 20 years’ experience in creating delicious food and he brings creative flair and passion to the café offering.

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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. The café is also licensed and sells a select range of local wines and beer.
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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 breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Seaward Mountains.

Hold your next group or special event in our private function room in this prime location. Catering is also available with personalised menus and buffet options to suit. Make an enquiry today and let us take care of your needs.
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