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Astro Cafe Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The walk to the summit was difficult in places but worth the effort to experience the views. The Astro café had some lovely food on offer, it was reasonably priced and the salmon bagel was delicious.

Thank Chris0772
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and coffee was okay for the price. However where else can you get food and coffee overlooking snow mountain and a beautiful lake all at once?

Thank Edward T
Singapore, Singapore
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59 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were there early December 2016 and it was the super windy season. After parking the car, the 4 of us were walking up against the strong winds and notice the staff signal us to get indoor asap. We were told to all stay indoor only as the wind is dangerously strong. Soon they close down the cafe and we... More 

Thank Trumpboyer86
Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views from Mt Cook overlooking the Lake and environs. A wonderful location to relax and enjoy refreshments in an awe inspiring setting.

Thank WilliamRG2014
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice spot to get a 370°c view on the lake ! Try the soup of the day, I had 2 and they were both really good! Same for the flat white (perfect foam on top ^^) and the carrot cake with the relish on top and the greek yoghurt on side, loved it !!

Thank Justine D
Calgary, Canada
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253 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After taking the long hike to the summit we were rewarded with this cafe which let us refuel, hydrate and enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of Lake Tekapo and Lake Alexander. Picnic and smaller tables make for a relaxed environment keeping in mind it is a cafe, not a restaurant. I suggest taking the hike up to clean the pipes... More 

Thank Tom P
Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Superb view, but service is quite slow and messy. Ordered 3 flat whites, 1 came extremely white and diluted... Which at one glance, looks totally different from the other 2 cups. But I guess server was hoping we would ignore it, like how she does... Cake... Not for my taste...

Thank Vicky_TWK
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure to check his little cafe out, their lunch menu is worth a try. We especially loved the fish and chips.

Thank Kelly B
Berkeley, California
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view from the cafe is of course quite lovely and worth the trek and fee to drive up the hill. We were expecting better food based on our guidebook, but the fare disappointed. My bagel and sun-dried tomato actually ended up tasting okay, but I wish there had been a wider selection of options. My husband's sandwich was mediocre.... More 

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

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your visit to the Astro Cafe. We are thrilled to learn that you made your way to the summit of Mt. John, regardless of if you chose to drive or hike, you can bask in the sun whilst overlooking the panoramic views of the Mackenzie basin. We... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great coffee and a range of cabinet food. Beautiful views overlooking Lake Tekapo village, the lake and mountains. You do have to pay to drive up Mount John but you can instead take the not to strenuous hike up. It takes about an hour and a half.

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

Kia ora, Thank you for your brilliant review. We must agree with your comments on the excellent views overlooking the Mackenzie basin - it truly is sublime. Our favourite thing about where the Astro Cafe lies, is the changing seasons. The scenery changes and evolves through each season and the views never fail to delight us. It could be witnessing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, View
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?