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Business Type: Cafe with unusual extras


High Teas .Coffee, Devonshire tea, English confectionery, groups large or small welcome at The Corogate Caf

Address: Waitakaruru, New Zealand Coromandel

Phone: view phone+6478673147



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Established in December 2002, last outpost of the British Empire, where you can browse an amazing collection of Memorabilia and Kiwianna,whilst enjoying the extensive menu of quality home made food and beverages, served on fine English china.

Experience the service and manners of  ‘Olde England’,with an English high tea which can still  be found here at Corogate Café. Enjoy your tea served with the cosy on the china teapot to keep it warm and hand crocheted doilies on the china milk jugs.

Choose from dining in the ’Victorian Parlour’ amidst a plethora of artifacts, or the general dining area, in which can be viewed the amazing friendship ceiling made up of hundreds of jigsaw puzzles from around the world. Portraits of the  Kings and Queens of England adorn the walls, and the shelves are stacked with kitchenalia and tins.

You can also dine alfresco under the veranda and umbrellas surrounded by a collection of farm equipment and vintage bicycles.  All the while our friendly staff will keep you amused and provide all the information
you need for your onward journey.

An amazing 'jigsaw puzzle story.
Our friendship ceiling began in our first full year 2003. The ceiling was in the original condition from when the Service Station was built some 60 years prior.

We decided this would be a fun project for us, customers, and visiting tourists to enjoy doing whilst waiting for their drinks and meal. The whole ceiling took 4 1/2 years to complete and indeed we had a lot of fun, and have many stories to tell. One in particular captures the imagination of all to whom this is related, and it refers to the Dutch Puzzle showing a small green house, which appears in several of the pictures you see now.

One of the first puzzles we began was of a windmill, which we had chosen as there are a lot of residents in the Hauraki Plains, who are from the Netherlands. This puzzle was on a table one day when a young couple visited from Holland, and I suggested that perhaps they would like to fit a few pieces in whilst I made their drinks.I also said perhaps they knew the area and maybe they lived quite close to where it was.

The young couple almost fell to the floor laughing and commenced to explain that the puzzle actually came from UK and was of a windmill in Kent. I felt really stupid .Several months later we received a puzzle from them, and decided before we made the puzzle we would ask a tourist from Holland to tell us as much as they could about the Windmill.

Due to firstly being too busy , then forgetting where we had put the puzzle, then once found not having the right people in, 9 months had passed, until one late Saturday afternoon whilst closing, an elderly couple arrived and we of course served them. We recognised their accent immediately and knowing where the puzzle was, we asked if they would be able to identify it, and tell us a little about it, and read the letter for us.

The gentleman was rather emotional as he looked at the picture on the box, and felt in his pocket and drew out his wallet. From this he pulled out a picture, and there it was, the same picture as was on the puzzle. This couple actually owned the windmill and surrounding homes. He pointed out where his was, which was not in the puzzle but next to the green house, and explained it was now a working museum.

What a coincidence The story doesn't end here a few years later over the holiday period, a group of tourists from the Netherlands were listening to the story, which I tell to many, and one person was very excited and anxious to speak. He said that the couple were well, and the Museum still in working order. In asking him how he knew, he said, "I am the maintenance engineer who works for them".

Again this story does not end. In 2010 another group listening to now the extended story had amongst them another excited listener, who completed our puzzle. He is a lecturer near by, and it is to this Windmill he takes his students to learn and see all the machinery in action. Maybe when you are visiting Holland, you can call into De Kat - The Cat. Dye Mill on the Kalverringdijk (Zaanse Schans) in Zaandam, and give our love from Corogate Cafe in Waitakaruru new Zealand to Piet Kempenaar, miller of De Kat.

Hours of work

OPEN 9am CLOSE 4pm

OPEN 9am CLOSE 5 pm

phone 07 8673147 before or after hours and we happy to serve you especially our customers
commuting to and from Auckland.

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  • Our friendship ceiling

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