Dunsandel Country Cafe, Tavern & Bar Guide

The Dunsandel Country Cafe, Tavern & Bar is located around 45 kilometres to the South West of Christchurch on the South Island in New Zealand. Dunsandel is a small village on the main southern road from Christchurch which means the Dunsandel Country Cafe & Bar is an ideal stop off for anyone on a road-trip to or from Christchurch or if you are heading for the nearby Lake Crichton and all of the leisure and water-skiing amenities in this area.

About the Dunsandel Country Cafe, Tavern & Bar

The Dunsandel Country Cafe & Bar is an easy and relaxing spot, small in size but big in character with a great kids menu. It’s known for simple well cooked food with an emphasis on local ingredients and large portions and excellent service. You can also sit outside if the weather is nice and its been known to operate a happy hour if there is a big rugby match on the TV.

There is no issue with parking here as there is plenty of room. It also provides catering facilities so if you are organizing an event in the area and don’t want the hassle of doing all the cooking yourself, this could be the place to take care of all of your needs. The cafe does take reservations and can get busy at times but normally if you walk in you will get a seat with little or no bother. It also provides take away services so is ideal if you are staying locally or want to eat on the road.

The Eats of Note

The venue does a superb all day breakfast for both adults and children and it’s menu is wide ranging with everything from cakes and sandwiches to salads, steak or fish as well as a number of vegetarian options, all at very reasonable prices. The deserts are also excellent and will send you off happy. So if you just want a coffee and cake or are looking for a substantial meal, it’s the ideal stop off point, especially for families.

Menu Samples Below

About Dunsandel

Dunsandel is a small but thriving little village with a population of around 500 people and is within easy commuting distance to Christchurch and is at the heart of the local agricultural community. It’s home to the Dunsandel Store, a well known and quirky shop and post office. The main local attraction however is the nearby Lake Crichton Water Ski Park which offers water ski amenities and lessons for all levels from beginner to advanced.

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Lake Crichton also hosts a number of triathlons and Duathlons every summer. The area is also great for cycling, hiking and walking as well as for other aquatic activities such as rowing, swimming and even dragon boat racing among many fun things to do.

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Summary notes

This cafe and bar is really what every local area needs and wants. It caters both for regulars who want a place to meet family and friends as well as anyone passing through for work or for pleasure or if you just want a quick take away or snack. It’s well worth stopping off at if you are in the area and if you are staying, it will easily become the heart of your stay.

Opening hours

7 Days from about 8.30 am to late


Phone 3-325 4007


Map and address

Dunsandel Tavern
3374 Main S Rd, Dunsandel 7682, New Zealand

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