Open Hours
9:30am - Mid Afternoon
Friday thru Monday
895 Tairua Whitianga Rd,
Specials & new twists on old favourites provide an abundance of choice...
Freshly baked treats
Take Home Meals
Take home meals menu & instruction.
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Temptation abounds from scented soaps to funky glassware & the coolest cards...
Country style
Stylish goods
Each season brings its pleasures in our well established gardens and orchard....
Seasonal Produce
Outdoor seating
Bird Watching
Enjoy seeing all sorts of native birds visiting our garden
Native birds
Tui & Kaka
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An evolving menu with food lovingly made from high quality fresh, seasonal, local produce.

About Us

Chef Emily Thomas who is now in charge of the kitchen at Colenso Licensed Cafe. Emily is working alongside her mother & stepfather Judy & Gary Inglis, who've had years of experience in hospitality - and says she's lucky to also have a group of experienced staff.
A trained chef, Emily spent 11 years working overseas. Her passion for travel, fresh produce and cooking led to a varied career starting in Sydney working with wholesale produce and with celebrity chef Bill Grainger.
In London, Emily worked with Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers at the famed River Cafe, where her passion for and understanding of fresh seasonal produce began.
She also spent time in Italy as a woofer, learning to milk goats, make cheese and sell it at the local market.
Back in Australia she worked in Melbourne cafes and studied nutrition.
Emily then crewed as a chef on super yachts in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Her work included provisioning at local markets along the coasts which increased her understanding of the importance of fresh and seasonal produce.
Judy and Emily are planning winter group lunches and workshops to pass on their passion for good local produce and great food.

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Colenso Cafe is one of the Coromandel Peninsula’s best known. With a licensed cafe, shop, garden and mandarin orchard, it has long been a favourite of locals, holidaymakers and visitors.
Stop in for morning or afternoon tea, or linger a little longer over lunch and a glass of wine or local craft beer.

Colenso serves Atomic coffee and a variety of T-leaf teas.

Colenso Cafe & Shop has been the subject of some publicity
Open Hours
9:30am - Mid Afternoon
Friday thru Monday

These hours apply until Labour Weekend in October
Closed: Easter Friday, Christmas & Boxing Days

895 Tairua Whitianga Rd,