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Old School Cafe Restaurant

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New Zealand
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1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
+64 3-524 8457
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Waihi, New Zealand
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281 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely spot is not just a café and bar, it’s also a park over property for self-contained vehicles and caravans. We parked here for two nights recently and really enjoyed the ambience of the property. The café/bar is in a converted school classroom and the owners have kept the old school look. Food is excellent and the menu is... More 

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Thank wendhmagz
Bushmills, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

.... we were staying across the road at the holiday park and happened upon the Old School Cafe ... far exceeded any expectations we may have had .... great food, service, ambience and setting ... Hubbie declared it to be 'best fish and chips' he'd ever had ... too far for the average Friday night take away but we will... More 

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Thank JE008
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Guys for the great review so glad you enjoyed the fish and chips hope to see you again sometime. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a brilliant place to stop. The food was excellent and quite generous proportions. The service was very good. We would certainly stop at this place if up that way again. I would recommend this place as a must stop.

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Thank Hjenjoy
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this review

Cheers for the great review glad you had a great time at the Old School. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place for a meal if you in the Collingwood area. Mind, it's probably the best place for an evening meal in the area as there are few alternatives! Even with that qualification, we can recommend the meals. They are beautifully presented, of generous proportion and of the freshest ingredients. Best of all, they have free wi-fi... More 

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Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Robert for your review. We are glad you found our place great for your evening meal and that you thought the meals beautifully presented and of generous proportions. My apologies on behalf of the RED-NECK locals but they are an amazing bunch of people when you get to know them. We are glad we could accommodate you and your... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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375 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old fashioned cafe with art work on the walls and relaxed feel of yesteryear. Food and coffee are OK.

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Thank happysheepChina
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the Old School feel. More 

Princeville, Hawaii
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly staff, cold beer, indoor and outdoor garden seating, generous plate of wedges with three sauces, very clean with a nice casual atmosphere. We would definitely go back!

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great early evening dinner food was spot on I had prawn cocktail, steak & apple pie all made fresh, Great atmosphere with the bar humming with locals

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Sydney, Australia
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216 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our way back from Farewell Spit we stopped at this little gem for coffee and cakes. Lovely staff and great coffee and Cakes. We did check the menu but it was a little early for lunch but the menu looked rather expensive bit I guess for the location it might seem reasonable. Anyway a lovely little Gem to stop... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Try the seafood chowder! After reading all the positive reviews on Trip Advisor! It's well worth the the drive.

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Thank Motupipi
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the Chowder hope to see you again soon Cheers More 

Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is what you would expect for a decent place for lunch and breakfast in Collingwood. the friendly homely staff that helps you order and our friendly and helpful. comfortable setting and a well-priced menu with comfort food. I ordered the BLT and personally, it was quite big for the price and tasted wonderful. I would definitely recommend this to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$23
Cuisine
New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Good for
Groups, Kids, Cheap Eats, 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
Description
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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