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Old School Cafe

1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
+64 3-524 8457
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (6 reviews)
“prawns” (3 reviews)
“salad” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1115 Collingwood-Puponga Main Road, Collingwood 7073, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 51 reviews

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited for the night and they had Fried Korean Hare and home-made kimchi !! Wow who would think in a little town in Nelson ! Superb eats, good chats with the owner and met some locals....great fun. Stayed at the Holiday Park in town....brilliant, sun...More

Thank Sheila A
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi There You have the wrong joint. Think you mean the Mad Skool Cafe.

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Stopped for an early lunch on our way to Collingwood. Staff very friendly and chatty as my husband had actually spent a few weeks in this school as a child. I had yummy nachos and my husband had prawns and chips. very good.

Thank Karin C
Reviewed 9 August 2017

awesome food, awesome service lovely old school with cool old photos of the area along with local artwork,

Thank Collingwoodforus
Reviewed 20 June 2017

I probably shouldn't write this review as I was the third and didn't win this lunch decision on the other hand my husband and daughter thought their meals were great. To be honest there was nothing wrong with my prawns and salad, so please go...More

Thank Ingrid J
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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...More

Thank wendhmagz
Reviewed 2 March 2017 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...More

Thank JE008
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

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

Reviewed 2 March 2017

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.

Thank Hjenjoy
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

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

Reviewed 22 February 2017

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,...More

Thank Robert G
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

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...More

Reviewed 22 February 2017

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

Thank happysheepChina
Robbie D, Owner at Old School Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

Glad you enjoyed the Old School feel.

Reviewed 21 February 2017 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!

Thank Ambre87
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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
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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$22
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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