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Astro Cafe Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6007
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The cafe is located on top of the hill and that gives you the opportunity to have a birds eyes view over Lake Tekapo and it's surrounding areas. The $8 entrance fee/vehicle is kinda a rip-off if you asked me. In terms of the food, it was so-so. It's not bad, but it's not great either. And the toilet was... More 

Thank CK G
Dunedin, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove to the top of Mt John to take in the views and while there we visited the Astro Cafe. The coffee and food were good but the hot chocolates let them down. Well worth a visit for the views alone

Thank coltrain01
La Grande, Oregon
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although there is not a wide selection of food here, the bagels and cream cheese are excellent. We combined these with smoked salmon we had bought at Lake Pukaki, near Twiuzel. The air is bracing and the views fantastic. At the very least, take time to sip on a flat white!!

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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41 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is in a great location with amazing views. Food was above average; but nothing extraordinary.

Thank Anoop84
Paphos District, Cyprus
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80 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With gale force winds blowing the cafe made a good shelter. Food was tasty cappuccino's were good, staff did their best in the conditions.

Thank Michael H
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your review – it is greatly appreciated. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the barista made cappuccinos and that you appreciated our staff’s efforts in pressing conditions. As you have experienced first-hand, the weather in Lake Tekapo is extremely changeable. Taking into consideration that the Astro Café being situated 1031m above sea level,... More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location is excellent, with fabulous views but the service was a bit slow. The cafe is fairly small and I think they are trying to do too much, in my opinion they would be better sticking to drinks and cakes rather than toasties etc.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great coffee, toasted sandwiches, and service.Plus a stunning place to take pics from over Tekapo and the Mountains

Thank morecambegirl60
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your comments regarding the food and service that you experienced at our Astro Café situated on Mt John. We agree that the 360 views are brilliant – there is no view like it in Lake Tekapo! We are glad you enjoyed your time at our café and we hope to see you here again, enjoying... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is no information till you reach the barrier that it costs 8 dollars to drive up to the cafe. The road is tight and the climb very steep in places. The loos smelly so much so that we gave up 10m away! Food as good as you get most NZ café which is a good standard. Really spectacular views.

Thank Nonrev2
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12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great view after an amazing walk. get a seat inside because the wind is likely to blow you over. the coffee was okay, even though my latte was a cappuccino

Thank JoelHedlund
Port Macquarie
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked from Tekapo Springs to the summit with the intention of having a coffee/cold drink from the Cafe. But that didn't happen - no coffee & odd cold drinks that were not tasty at all!! The view however, is sensational & if you enjoy a good hill walk, you'll certainly enjoy that. Otherwise, you can drive & just wander... More 

Thank TheJ0hns0ns

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Lake Tekapo
  • Phone Number: +64 3-680 6007
Astro Cafe on top of Mt John, beside the Mt John Observatory. Operated by Earth and Sky Limited, with office situated in Lake Tekapo township.

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