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Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
03 7510 005
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good coffee

Our heli hike was cancelled due to bad weather so we stopped here for a coffee and a chat. The staff were pleasant and the coffee was very good. Recommended!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
p0rtia
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Hong Kong, China
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The title says it all, highly recommended! Stopped in Fox early morning around 0930, not much open apart from Hobnail, walked in and were glad we "accidentally" stumbled across this gem!

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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Our heli hike was cancelled due to bad weather so we stopped here for a coffee and a chat. The staff were pleasant and the coffee was very good. Recommended!

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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Quick service on a busy easter weekend. Had a good panini for lunch. Great eggs bene for breakfast. Full english a bit disappointing. Good value for money in a tourist town.

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Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This place reminded us of some of the bakery cafes in our Canadian Rocky Mountains. The coffee and food were just what we needed to start the day. The open doors made the air a bit bracing until the tour buses pulled up and the fumes came in. I would urge a "No Idling" bylaw here.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Excellent selection of tea, sandwiches, muffins, cakes and breakfast/lunch foods make this a good place to eat. The location is not particularly scenic though.

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London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Called in for breakfast here and came away feeling the whole experience had been thrown together. My wife had bubble and squeak which was fine but my "full works" breakfast appeared to have been thrown together haphazardly on the plate, and we had to wait an age too, although not many tables were occupied - the staff appeared to be... More 

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Karen J, Manager at Hobnail Cafe, responded to this review

Hello I am sorry to hear how you felt about your recent ? visit to the Hobnail Café. We strive to make the experience a good one. We have been under some pressure this season at Breakfast time due to the fact we are the only business open in the township for Breakfast service , although this is no excuse... More 

North West
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We had breakfast here after an early morning helicopter flight and landing on the glacier. The French toast, bacon, banana and maple syrup was the best dish of this type I've ever eaten. (One in Akaroa a few days later came very close though!)

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Portland, Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Hobnail provided us with a good takeout lunch while we were walking in Fox Glacier. The baked treats, especially the chocolate Afghans were outstanding.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The food was great, very friendly and helpful service. Definitely worth a visit when in Fox Glacier.

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Perth
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We chose this for breakfast as it was attached to the Heli hike centre.The food I would describe as hearty home cooked.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
  • Phone Number: 03 7510 005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 12
  • Cuisine: Café

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