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“The best carrot cake in the world”
Review of Astro Cafe

Astro Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast
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.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Popped in for coffee on our drive from Christchurch to Aoraki. Most fantastic views and good coffee with the very best carrot cake (served with cream) I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The astrophotography on display showed the skill of at least one member of staff as well as the sort of night time display you would get on a cloudless night. We unfortunately were blessed with thick, low cloud and had to console ourselves with a piece of heavenly cake.

1  Thank John R
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We hiked from Lake Tekapo up to the Astro Cafe. Great hike and to be rewarded at the top with a delicious Earl Grey Tea was perfect. Staff went out of their way to discuss their available teas. They never rushed customers out the door. We were able to enjoy the views, which are spectacular.

Thank Rebecca N
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

We walked up Mt John, one hour easy on a wide track. Great views especially from the top where the cafe is situated. Great spot for coffee out of the wind, behind huge glass windows. Friendly staff. Recommended.

Thank rebeccadiver
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Great spot to check out the 360 degree view and you can choose to sit indoors or outside (& still admire the view). The morning we were there though, the staff seemed to be run off their feet/inexperienced and a little flustered. There were a few people wanting service, but it wasn't overly busy. The price for coffees/cakes compared with other places in the region was pricey too.
It would be good to have an information board outside too, to inform visitors about what they're looking at/info about the lake/town/observatory. This would value-add to the view.

Walking the trail up to the top (starting on lakeside drive near the hot springs) is worthwhile too! Less than an hour's walk, but it justifies the coffee at the top!

Thank Jess G
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Very picturesque from higher ground, took some fantastic shots of the beautiful lakes & mountain range.

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