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Old School Cafe

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1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
+64 3-524 8457
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

One of those wet and windy autumn evenings. Great to get inside to the ambience of this Café at Pakawau. Terrific food that beat our teenage sons - really REALLY good chips. Fair price for top notch fare and service. Recommended. And we got doggie...More

Thank Brent B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set up inside the old class room is this lovely cafe - restaurant with a blackboard menu as was fitting. Friendly helpful staff, licensed and serving large yummy meals. Enjoyed the seafood chowder, the tasty wedges and good coffee. Plenty of interesting local information on...More

Thank PauleLec
Reviewed 10 March 2018

The Old School Cafe and Bar is situated on the Main Road towards Cape Farewell. It has a POP attached which means you can stay in your self contained motorhomes there for a few nights while you see the surrounding area. Loved the Old School...More

Thank Cherie M
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to eat, the food is beautiful, very well presented and great choice. The place has a very welcome feel with a mix of holiday visitors and a local social gathering place. There is a choice of eating inside or outside...More

Thank Philomena12
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Had a few false starts trying to find this cafe open but worth the persistence! Friendly and welcoming staff, beautifully presented and buzzy indoor/outdoor ambience make this cafe a must-do if in the area. Guernard chips and salad with superb batter and Asian Pork Belly...More

Thank flounder51
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

We ate here twice while staying in Golden Bay. Delicious fish, great friendly service. Highly recommended!

Thank John B
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

We are staying near Collingwood (in Pukawau) and headed to Old School Cafe for dinner. Two couples. The menu has great variety and very friendly service. The food was an absolute winner. Fresh produce and tasty fresh seafood! So impressed we went back for dinner...More

Thank Jellyfishie
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

I spent nine days in Pakawau visiting an ex pat pal from university days. We went to the Old School on three occasions. The food on offer is excellent and the staff are friendly and oh so helpful. The boss Robbie is a terrfic guy...More

Thank Tony T
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Fish'n Chips from frozen fish: $36!!! The food that we ordered was good, but we were a bit surprised that the prices matched some of the best restaurants in Nelson.More

Thank Theorchardist
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Thanks for your review and are glad you enjoyed your meal. Please let me explain our pricing in regards to your thoughts that the BLUE COD fish meal was pricey. We pay the same price for the fish as any other restaurant in Nelson. Because...More

Reviewed 16 January 2018

This is 30 minutes from Takaka but well worth the trip. We stayed close by so it was our local. The food is awesome. The seafood chowder was outstanding as was everything else we ate. They've got great beers and wines and their coffee is...More

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4 October 2017|
Response from NelsonCityHoliday |
their hours from the latest golden bay newspaper 4pm till late Thursday, Friday 11am till late Saturday Sunday closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Tony C
7 September 2016|
Response from Robbie D | Property representative |
Hi Tony We are open on Sunday the 18th for lunch and dinner however we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hope to see you guys on the Sunday. Regards Robbie
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$23
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Collingwood
  • Phone Number: +64 3-524 8457
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As the name implies the Old School Cafe Restuarant and Bar was the house of learning for the children of Pakawau. The school closed in the 80s and the cafe was set up some 20 years ago and remains as a focal point for the locals and holiday makers in the area. With the beautiful Pakawau beach and camp ground across the road the Old School makes for a perfect desination, whether it be for coffee to start your day thru to a great lunch or evening meal off the black board menu. Fully licensed we have a great range of wines, beers and spirits to suit all tastes. With indoor and outdoor dining, pool table, dart board, and large expansive gardens we know you will have a great time.Go where the locals go.
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