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Hobnail Cafe Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0005
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Duluth, Georgia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and value, and we found the service to be very good during our visit...much better than other Cafe recommended by our hotel. Cappuccinos we're very nice and we had both breakfast and lunch here around our Helo Hike.

Thank J S
Lexington, MA
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155 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Hobnail Cafe serves large helpings of homemade dishes for breakfast, along with a variety of coffee drinks and teas. We had the Kiwi Breakfast with two egg, bacon, hash browns, toast and tomato, which was delicious. Service is efficient and friendly.

Thank WellTraveled3
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quick stop for us en route to Queenstown. After a 6am start this was welcome ... the coffee and bubble and squeak are excellent. There's one guy whose energy brightens up the place, great friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend on your travels. Enjoy!

Thank Calvin L
Sydney, Australia
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142 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch at the Cafe on our way to an Okarito Lagoon tour The food is nice with good sized servings The attached gift shop was nice and we bought some souvenirs for the grandchildren Will definitely visit again

Thank stegeb
Singapore, Singapore
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We planned to have a meal in this cafe after reading some nice reviews but when we went through the door, the counter staff gave a 'i do not want serve you' expression and when we right infront of her, she did not even bothered to acknowledge us. After which she proceed to sarcastically degrade her colleague who was at... More 

Thank Grayee
Karen J, Manager at Hobnail Cafe, responded to this review

Sorry to hear about your recent experience at hobnail cafe .we can only apologise as the 3rd is our busiest day of the year and we were under real stress none of which is an excuse for how you felt you were served. Thanks for your review karen More 

Lakeville, Connecticut
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We ordered three breakfast items and they were brought to us at different times so the three of us ate our breakfasts completely separately. I ordered poached eggs and toast - the eggs were perfect but the toast was slathered with some kind of margarine. One of us ordered plain toast and for 8 dollars that's what he got. We... More 

Thank Anne D
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped here a couple of times on our fox Glacier trip. The cake was really tasty each time and the coffee great.

Thank Willm63
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Called in for breakfast and food was very good, as was the service despite then being very busy! Would recommend!

Thank Sarah_A_24
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

First coffee after a 3 day tramp on Copland track. Really good coffee & an Afghan biscuit as a treat! Free 15min wifi & whilst a tourist shop the food looked great .

Thank Simone F
Nelson, New Zealand
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Good selection of cabinet food, also have lynch and breakfast menu on blackboard. I had the stuffed potato and my partner had the beef lasagne. Both meals were average, not super tasty but were OK. Staff were unfriendly, and the cafe didn't have a nice atmosphere. Wouldn't stop here again.

Thank kiakaha7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
  • Phone Number: +64 3-751 0005
Our friendly and helpful staff will tempt you with the delicious breakfast or lunch menus. Our scrumptious homemade baking is made fresh on the premises everyday, and the delicatessen style food is perfect for a casual lunch, or food on the run. Meals can be made to order if you need to take away, or if you have a little more time to savour the flavour, enjoy in our cosy café either inside, or outside and lap up the sun. We are licensed too, so enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the café with your meal. We also offer vegetarian meal options if you prefer. Groups are most welcome but advance notice is appreciated. Wifi is available with any Hobnail Cafe purchase, so if you want to catch up on messages and emails or upload photos from your Fox Glacier experience, then this is the perfect opportunity. The Hobnail Café is open from 7.30am daily.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?