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Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

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Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
+64 3-435 1890
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Owner was rude, demanded to know if we were customers in order to plug in a laptop (of course we were...). We said yes.. then he rudely demanded to know what exactly we would be having... he was not taking our order, as far as I could tell, he wasn't even working. Just a rude grubby guy demanding to know... More 

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1 Thank Nico C
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Well the guy you talked with wasn't in a tux. He is a mountain guide.Very clean, but rugged. He has had a long history of seeing people come in with all of their appliances to plug into power and sit in the cafe all day while their gear (camera, phone, laptop, spare camera, video recording gear etc) is charging, while... More 

Moraira, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent range & quality of food for the outdoor person. Good location in the centre of the village offering detailed information about the area. Close to the I formation centre & other facilities.

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Thank davidhR5851QU
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. So appreciated. Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. Travel safe! More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was most fortunate to meet and dine with the proprietors of this lovely cafe. Such beautiful people. Outstanding staff! The food presentation; remarkable!! I had the Salmon; cooked to perfection. Fabulous dessert! Thank You Mary and Charlie. PS... also the salmon bagel is very good, excellent muffins & coffee!

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Thank Debera S
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review. That is so appreciated! Delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. Travel safe! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just enjoyed a wonderful early evening meal of pizza and gourmet salmon pie. Really good food at a sensible price. Great views from nearly all of the tables. Good service with a smile.

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Thank Paul W
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. It is so appreciated. Delighted to hear you loved the food and the views and service. Travel safe! More 

Idaho Falls, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was mediocre, but the service was far worse. A few members of our group of 13 didn't receive there orders until the counter staff had been reminded of the orders for a third time. Really? No one thought their food was particularly good, but how could the staff struggle so? If at all possible, choose something that is... More 

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2 Thank cbg52
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

If I am correct, each of your table, in a packed restaurant, where our staff worked hard to cater to all, was asked how they enjoyed their meal. No complaints. All happy. Please communicate at the time if there is anything not to your satisfaction. Apologies for the order mixup. More 

Ridgewood, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this restaurant. The food was excellent and menu included "comfort" foods which were wonderful after coming back from the day's outdoor activities. The view from the restaurant was amazing. The proprietors were very hospitable.

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Thank lennardog
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

That is so kind of you to take the time to write and let us know. Many thanks for that and delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and the staff and us! Travel safe! More 

Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great people. Great service. The place is a warm and welcoming location and the folks inside are very knowledgeable.

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Thank matthewnewill
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It is so appreciated. So glad you enjoyed our place. Travel safe. More 

Canton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by to book a tour and ended up having a great meal here. The staff is kind and the food is great. We had a wonderful pizza.

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Thank ester94
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

So happy you enjoyed our food, cooked with love, and our wonderful staff! Thanks so very much for your lovely review. Travel safe! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Old Mountaineers' Cafe to dry-off and fuel-up before a rainy hike around Mt. Cook. It was a great experience. The staff was friendly and accommodating to our large group and the food was great. The restaurant has a lot of neat historical photos and info about the exploration of Mt. Cook and of the South Island... More 

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Thank Michael S
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely positive review. It made our day and we're glad to see we made yours, too! Travel safe. More 

Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to stop. Both service and food were very good with a range of priced items. A relaxing environment and to look at the views. Wifi worked well.

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Thank Patrick N
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review our beloved spot here at Mount Cook. So glad you enjoyed it. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Mt. Cook Village
  • Phone Number: +64 3-435 1890

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