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Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

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Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village 7946, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, friendly, cozy place

Lovely restaurant and friendly owner. Visited with with my brother and a friend. We were traveling on a budget (staying at the YHA), and treated ourselves as it was my birthday. We had a yummy meal and some beers. Great evening, thanks

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

We visited Old Mountaineers July 14, 2015. The food and service lovely. Would visit again next time we are in Mt .Cook.

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Lovely restaurant and friendly owner. Visited with with my brother and a friend. We were traveling on a budget (staying at the YHA), and treated ourselves as it was my birthday. We had a yummy meal and some beers. Great evening, thanks

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Almost everything in Mt. Cook Village is a part of the Hermitage, with the exception of the Old Mountaineers' Café. It was interesting to read about the battle to establish this restaurant. They seem to have done a pretty good job. The atmosphere is very pleasant and we had a nice table by the windows. We tried some pasta, a... More 

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

Thank you for your positive review! Next time you should try some of our free-range roast chicken, or the grass-fed lamb - both served with organic potatoes and vegetables as part of the meal. There are also organic wines we have on offer. The pies and the pasta are not organic and are usually there for those keen on a... More 

Monterrey, Mexico
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Welcoming staff, the food was very good and the view of Mount Cook is beautiful. Had two meals, wine and dessert, the food was served promptly and everything was well done. The ambiance is cozy and the music from the 80s. It is a little bit pricy but I think it was worth it after a long day hike.

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

So glad that you enjoyed our beloved restaurant, the food, wine, service and ambience! Great that you found us next to the Conservation Visitor Centre and had a good time at Aoraki/Mount Cook, too. The food transport costs to this remote location, the Dept of Conservation fees for operating here, and the fact that we use free range and organic... More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This café isn't that great. they serve up 2 pre-cooked sausages cut in half and charge $22! Everything is organic, you get no choice. Definitely wont be returning!

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

Your review is unfair because it is incorrect. For $22 (including gst and National Park DOC fees) you receive two sausages, msg-free and made from NZ pork rather than pork from other countries, tomato sauce on the side, a generous side of french fries and a generous seasonal salad mix of fresh lettuce, carrot, cabbage, celery, cucumber with olive oil... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very welcoming, friendly, efficient staff - service with a smile! The food was well presented and well cooked. Had two meals, breakfast/coffee and every time we had top quality food served by helpful and friendly staff. Would recommend to anyone, not only for the good food but lots of great books to purchase, gifts and souvenirs. The interior of sawn... More 

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

That's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your meals and the service at our beloved restaurant and gallery. So glad you found us! Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. Travel safe! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We did Heli Hike with Charlie who owns the cafe and stopped in after for lunch. The restaurant is family owned and operated with very nice staff. The menu isn't huge due to the small town but my husband and I easily found something to order. Our food was great was spectacular views and service. We opted to leave the... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review about our food, our service, staff, and the views. We all appreciated it. Thanks for taking the time to do this and travel safe. More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Small restaurant compared to the restsaurant in the hostel nearby.. but decent food and a nice setting... the staff is friendly and helpful to place your orders.. worth a visit as there are only a handful restaurants in Mt Cook

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

Glad you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for your positive review. More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Limited veg options... so landed up only having a soup.. huge portion and quite filling so was not totally disappointed.. good setup inside and prompt service

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

Thank you for your positive review! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went there for lunch. No big selection of food but pizza was nice. Coffee was normal. Scenery was stunning!

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Thank you for your positive review. Delighted you enjoyed the pizza with sourdough base and the organic fair trade coffee with organic milk. More 

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Address: Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village 7946, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Mt. Cook Village
Cuisine: Cafe, New Zealand

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village 7946, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Mt. Cook Village

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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