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Astro Cafe

Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6007
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“carrot cake” (29 reviews)
“cakes” (39 reviews)
“sandwich” (20 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 AM - 5:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 578 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cafe itself is situated on the top of a beautiful peak which allows you to experience some truly spectacular views, the cafe itself however is very average. The coffee was dissapointing, the amount of choice for food was also disappointing, the food we had...More

Thank foodguru010390
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can’t say I was keen on the drive up to the Mt John Observatory but once you get to the top, the views make it worthwhile. We enjoyed an early lunch at the cafe, a wrap with tzatziki and chicken, and a chicken and cranberry...More

Thank sbj3
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience. We wish to thank you for choosing to use the privately owned and operated Mt. John Access Road. We are thrilled that you confronted your fear of heights and journeyed up...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok. I have vertigo issue so driving up that steep mountain road isn't my cup of tea. Thank goodness I'm a coffee and cake lover, so I'd do anything for it. Well it was worth it because the view was absolutely stunning! Along with a...More

Thank MorakotJenner
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent visitor experience. We wish to thank you for choosing to use the privately owned and operated Mt. John Access Road. We are thrilled that you confronted your fear of heights and journeyed up...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view over lake tekapo while we had coffee and cake. Road to top is narrow and requires a payment. Alternatively there is a walking track to the top. Great stopping point not far from the main road.More

Thank yatesy82
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your trip advisor review regarding your recent visitor experience at the Astro Cafe. It is brilliant to hear that you enjoyed the panoramic views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding areas. The perfect afternoon is completed only with breathtaking views,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a one hour hike up the mountain for the cafe, and the view of the lake and the southern alps were so worth it! The food here was decent and the cafe itself was nice.More

Thank jessiec0815
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your short but sweet review! We are pleased that you had high praise for the Astro Cafe and feel that your visit was worthwhile. It is great to see that you chose to hike to the summit of Mt. John,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard that this was the cafe to go to for coffee and cake. There were a number of people already at the cafe and only one person serving and one person making coffee. We decided to get a takeaway coffee and we were...More

Thank Christine J
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your recent visit. We are disappointed that you experienced anything less than perfection during you recent visit to the Astro Cafe, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We encourage...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here after the 1 hr walk to the top. Excellent service and heavenly vegan sandwich and chicken pineapple toast. Keep up the good work guys!More

1  Thank Ivar1970
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your delightful review regarding your recent experience at the Astro Cafe, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are pleased that the Astro Cafe was able to cater to your dietary requirements and serve you a great...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location, average cafe food but not price. It's does have an awesome view, whilst you sit and enjoy your cuppa. Food and drinks come in trickle, am not in hurry having a great vista to enjoy.More

Thank Wolv3rin3
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team. We are disappointed to hear you felt the pricing structure for our food & beverage selection were overpriced. We seldom hear comments such as these but welcome feedback on...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The view from up at the observatory is astounding. I've never seen mountains like it. We had a crystal clear day so were very lucky. Couldn't turn my eyes away. Had a delicious local salmon bagel and a chai. Friendly staff at the cafe.More

Thank rachelbabic
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your kind review regarding your recent visit to the Astro Cafe, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are pleased to hear your great review after sampling our fresh salmon bagels and delicious barista-made Chai Latte’s! We...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

I have been coming to Tekapo and Mt John since the 1980s, over 35years now. It is a stunningly beautiful place and worth making the effort to visit. Sadly, increasing tourism is seriously affecting the previous serenity of this gem. My childhood memories are just...More

Thank Helen M
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Pita2409
18 November 2017|
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Response from birdman222015 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay I think it best to check with the cafe directly I live in Christchurch not Tekapo.... check this web site earthandsky/astro-cafe Cheers and happy holidays Enjoy the views and the night sky... More
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Jussy_11
3 November 2017|
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Response from Ivar1970 | Reviewed this property |
Eriikita answerd all your question allready, the only ting to know is that you have to Pay 9 nzd to drive up! Enjoy your trip! And the drive to Wanaka!
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CrisMag2014
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Response from 5robs91 | Reviewed this property |
Every time we go we have not had a problem getting a table. They have both inside and outside eating areas.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
Description
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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