A Unique Cafe, Bar, Restaurant & Function/Wedding Venue Located in Cashmere, Christchurch NZ, Just 10mins from CBD


Outstanding Brunch & Dinner, Barista Coffee, Premium High Tea, Craft Beer, Fine Wine & Yummy Cocktails.

Welcome To

Sign Of The Takahe

The Sign of the Takahe invokes an adventure beyond the ordinary that stirs the imagination. It is a place where time almost stands still,  a place where some of the best memories are made.

After being closed for more than 8 years due to the 2011 earthquakes, this unique Grade 1-listed heritage building at the heart of the Port Hills in Cashmere, Christchurch is once again open.

The NEW local family business owners (Sept 2019) have thrown away the old white gloves and chipped gold rimmed fine dining plates and are aiming to deliver you an impeccable casual family friendly dining experience without the stuffiness of the old typical fine dining establishment it once held.

Now on offer is a newly built upstairs bar, comfy cafe and a casual welcoming restaurant experience, serving a fresh take on both classic Kiwi & European comfort food and drinks,  It is a place where you feel naturally at ease; be it for a casual coffee, a business lunch or a celebration of epic proportion. Book a table now!!

With amazing views of Christchurch & the Canterbury Plains added to the mix along with being just 10mins away from the CBD, you will be relaxed enough to pull up a comfy chair and enjoy a castle like feel or if the sun is shining, relax with a cold beverage in the secluded beer garden.

Please feel free to talk directly to the amazingly friendly staff if you have any dietary requirements, feedback or questions.


200 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022

Sign Of The Takahe

Opening Hours

We are usually open 7 days a week with a full Brunch and Dinner menu, however with the ongoing COVID19 levels changing and Government requirements such as single server, clear table policy etc,  please check google for our most up-to-date opening hours and the menus we are able to offer that particular day.

Please use the below as a guide (as of Sept 2020).

  • Monday
    • Closed (Group History Tour Avaliable)
  • Tuesday 
    • Closed (Group History Tour Avaliable)
  • Wed
    • 9am to 9pm
    • Cafe & Bar
    • Cabinet food
    • Bar Snacks
    • Quiz Night.
  • Thurs – Sat
    • 9am to 9pm
    • Cafe & Bar
    • Cabinet food
    • Brunch & Dinner Menu
    • Bar Snacks
    • Friday & Saturday High Teas (11am – 1pm)
  • Sunday
    • 9am – 4pm
    • Cafe & Bar
    • Cabinet food
    • Brunch Menu
    • Bar Snacks

We are doing our very best to serve our wonderful customers during this eventful time, and thank you all in advance for your patience and most of all support, it is truly appreciated.


Sign Of The Takahe

Our Menus

Our Cabinet, Brunch, Dinner & Group menus are a tribute to classic Kiwi & European cuisine, giving you a taste of traditional fare with contemporary flair. Enjoy our carefully balanced and curated dishes complemented by our yummy wines.

Reserve High Tea

Our “Takahe Reserve High Teas” are exclusively seated sessions available Friday and Saturday at 11am & 1pm. What better way to treat yourself or a loved one by enjoying a 3 tiered stand of yummy scones, savouries, sandwiches and sweet treats.

The Perfect Wedding Venue

We have created wedding packages and special wedding offers to make the Sign of the Takahe the perfect wedding venue for your special day. Giving you the confidence to plan your wedding with no hidden extras. Alternatively, the versatility of the Garden can be adapted to create your own unique bespoke package to match your requirements.

Groups & Functions

Booking a group lunch or dinner? A corporate party or a product launch? You have come to the right place, we endeavour to make your booking and menu selections as easy as possible.  From a large smart sit down lunch, a casual evening cocktail gathering to a walking group catch up or a Staff Dinner French Buffet, our space transcends the ordinary. Corporate Parties, to Promotional Launches, A memorable event begins with a memorable location and the Takahe is a special venue.  This enchanting Building sets the perfect scene for a unique event. You’ll definitely be stimulating people’s imagination!

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