Mainline Station Cafe
Hurunui District 03-319 8776
- Mon – Sun 9am – 4pm
- Tues Closed
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Out Catering
- Children's Play Area
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Cheap, Under $15
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 40 inside, 80 outside
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
The Mainline Station Cafe is the converted, Historical railway station of Domett, Famously named after one of New Zealand’s premiers, Alfred Domett. The cafe sits amongst beautiful north canterbury vista’s & is just One & a half hours north of Christchurch, a perfect 1/2 way stop on route to Kaikoura or just a leisurely drive out of town for lunch. Now owned & operated by award winning chefs, who are also husband & wife team, the cafe boasts delicious food all made in-house, with fresh produce, locally grown, free-range eggs & all organic where possible. Preserves, chutneys & sauces are also made here with fruit from the cafe’s own estate.
With a friendly team on side they offer a relaxed dining experience, great coffee, a modest selection of local wines, Gluten, wheat free & vegetarian options & a delicious range of sweets.The Gift shop corner is filled with locally hand-made jewelery,local wood crafts, connoisseur preserves,womans apparrel, NZ hand made soaps & cremes & souvenirs.
During Spring & summer locals hold their market stalls selling hand-spun hand knitted woolen garments, ointments, crafts, produce, plants, eggs & bric-a-brac. The car-park is plentiful, ideal for boats & caravans.
The Mainline Station cafe is becoming an increasingly popular stop on route to anywhere on state highway one & we look forward to seeing you all there.
7 Reviews for Mainline Station Cafe
We entered to a warm atmosphere & were pleased it was also warm enough to remove our jackets straight away The selection of food was plentiful & I was delighted with my gluten free choice of tomato & pumpkin soup with gluten free bread that I actually enjoyed eating
The service was quick & friendly, the coffe was fantastic and we will definitely be stopping in again.
Can I say, don’t be fooled by the lack of cars in the car park. This place is well worth taking the time to stop in. Plus the scenery is much nicer than those in Cheviot .. even on a yucky day
good on you guys, great gardens & cute giftshop…too tempting….but we’ll be back next trip to kaikoura!
We first stopped here during a return trip to Chch from Kaikoura, and made a point of returning recently just to enjoy it again. Located just south of Domett, near to Cheviot, the cafe has ample parking just off SH1. The cafe cherishes its history as the original railway station, with a number of photos and other exhibits from its past. With fine weather you can sit in the rear garden, which is perfect relaxing setting in a well cared and colourful garden. Walking through the gate there is a pond with ducks and swans to enjoy.
We ordered a ploughmans platter and toastie with salad. Both exceeded our expecations with a variety of ingredients, all very fresh and arranged with care and thought. Other visitors also seemed pleased with the service they received.
Great place, and looking forward to the next excuse to visit.