Waikino station cafe, Waikino

Old railway lines turned into cycle paths? Disused stations turned into visitor centres and cafes? All sounds a bit Derbyshire or Hampshire.

However, we find ourselves much further south than that, in Waikino, New Zealand. This morning, we cycled over from Waihi, where a few trains run each day for tourists. You can also take your bike on the trains, and it’s much easier to do than on East Midlands trains!

We arrived in Waikino in good time for lunch, and the cafe was very busy on a lovely sunny Sunday lunchtime. Their signage proclaims their “big juicy burgers” so it was an easy choice for me. There’s quite a bit on the menu, Mrs MOFAD opted for a chicken panino. 


As you can see, it was a fairly big burger, and definitely juicy. The token salad on the side amused me. The burger had some good lettuce leaves inside and a nice chutney. 

As well as a refreshing lemonade, the burger was washed down with a bottle of Epic pale ale – this lived up to the name with 15 hops and good bitterness. 

A great place for a lunch stop on a cycle ride. MOFAD approved!

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