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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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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice place to eat and have tea/coffee. It's attached to one of the outdoor information centres but they are kept separate. Chilled with a nice atmosphere. When asking for the internet a receipt is generated with a username and password etc. But the connectivity is pretty poor. If you're close enough, it will last for 30 minutes.

Thank Mathew B
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Top up for your days hiking with this good and filling fare. The Kiwi breakfast and the hikers special are recommended as is the Hot Chocolate.

Thank Kevin L
Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband went off to hike, but I wanted to sit, check email and read. Latte was fine, but couldn't get good wifi anywhere, which was a disappointment. I didn't check in about it, so it might have been fixable. Slim pickings in Fox!

Thank Christina T
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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792 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had Anzacs biscuits with our coffee. They were substantial, packed with taste and pleasantly chewy. The salads and other lunch products in the cabinets looked good but not needed for us on this occasion.

1 Thank Lavarcham
London, Canada
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287 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So good we came back a second day! Salads very generous portions. Anzac cookies out of this world! Haven't found a better one yet. Service a bit lackadaisical.

1 Thank Laura J
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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361 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The four of us made a pit stop here recently and were impressed with the wide choice of food on offer. Probably made the wrong choice as I had a soup of the day which was supposed to be leek, but tasted nothing like it but palatable. The girls at the counter were chirpy and spot on with their service

Thank Colin S
Bedford, Indiana
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52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had seen so many sheep on the drive into town, I thought I would try the lamb burger. Delicious. Lots of cool food options.

1 Thank BrentMaudlin1
Sydney, Australia
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157 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here many time but as its changed management/ menu - The menu is interesting and service is spot on, thanks and will come back again. Very much enjoyed the rice salad and drinks.

Thank Norman H
Duluth, Georgia
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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171 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?