Bikers, car enthusiasts and holiday makers will see Highway Café in Maungaturoto as a welcome sight, according to owner Jayne Senior.
The cafe is located on the corner of State Highway 1 and State Highway 12, at Brynderwyn and is open daily from 8am to 4pm.
“It’s a great location for people doing a long drive between Auckland and Northland to stop in for a drink and a bite,” Jayne says.
“The location is also nice and central to Wellsford, Maungaturoto and Waipu, which is convenient.”
The cafe serves cabinet food and cooked meals such as steak, chicken and burgers, all prepared by Jayne on site.
“The portions are a really good size. A group of bikers came up to me once and said they couldn’t finish their meals because they were that big. You never leave hungry.”
She says although Highway Cafe is not expensive, she gives all Gold Card holders 25 per cent off food to make it even more affordable for pensioners to eat out.
“I’ve got a great barista in Rose Copeman, too. She worked in the previous two cafes on these premises, so she knows the locals well,” Jayne says.
The cafe has a motor theme, with car parts displayed around the interior.
Jayne has a history with this theme. She established a display of classic cars and bikes at Waipapakauri Hotel, which she owned for six years.
She also owned and operated the Commercial Hotel in Dargaville and before that, ran her own marketing company in Onehunga, where she grew up.
She hopes to create an outdoor dining area on the property’s lawn for when summer comes round.