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Astro Cafe Restaurant

Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6007
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (56 reviews)
“carrot cake” (26 reviews)
“sausage roll” (7 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 17:00All hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place was clean, staff friendly and the food yummy. Having allergies I was able to find something to eat. I've visited a lot of Cafes where that's not possible. We were blessed with snow and views from of the lake. Amenities are outside the...More

Thank 5robs91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on our way to Lake Tekapo and were blown away by the views and the vegan food. Really fantastic and definitely worth the $8 admission fee as it is a University run star gazing site with telescopes you can tour to see....More

Thank Nathanandfamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had to pay $8 to get up there as it is a private road to get there. Fantastic views and nice coffee in the wee cafe which I thought would have been bigger. Took a wee walk out to the viewing point which looks out...More

Thank Terri S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited the Astro Café for lunch. The views are incredible! Vegan-friendly menu - the falafel roll was delicious. Our 8 year old daughter gave the lemon meringue tart a big thumbs up. Well worth the $8 entry fee, this place is amazing!

Thank livefortravel2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great coffee, small cafe and very busy, so a bit tight on room. The coffee we had was good and the view worth the drive up.

Thank Kate T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and drink is at a fair price. Great staff, and outdoor seating with spectacular views. Mt John is worth the visit, and the Astro Cafe is too.

Thank Philip C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed some lovely hot chocolates up here looking at the incredible view. It really is worth the drive up here just to see the amazing view. The hot chocolates we had were delicious and the 2 slices we ordered were very good, especially the...More

Thank Shadowintheflame
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place. A bit like having a cafe at the top of the earth. We were there on a still, sunny but very cold day. Snow all around. Magic. We got hot drinks and a brownie- all decorated with reminders of the previous evenings stargazing...More

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

Kia ora, Thank you for your great review. We must agree with your comments on how magical the views are from inside our glass-walled cafe situated at the unique location on the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, or when stood outside on the summit...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

And I'm from Wellington so that's saying something. Neat coffee art too. Also best cheesecake, enjoyed even more after the walk up. Found out there was a $8 road toll charge when we tried to drive up the next day for seconds - definitely recommend...More

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

Kia ora, Thank you for your excellent TripAdvisor review. It is great to hear that you rated your Astro Cafe barista made Mocha - the best you had ever had! We have since passed on these comments to our team. We are pleased you chose...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove up to the observatory in late morning - hadn't had breakfast so just grabbed a bite at the cafe - a sausage roll and a toasted panini - both were fairly decent. The view from the cafe was hampered by bad weather (lots of...More

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

Kia ora, Thank you for your great TripAdvisor review for your visit to the Astro Cafe situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our selection of savoury treats. It is unfortunate that the weather was...More

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25 August 2016|
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Response from Ayshilin V | Reviewed this property |
They do have gluten free options :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
View, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
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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