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Astro Cafe

Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6007
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Small cafe with not many options in their menu. However, it has incredible views and the service was very good.

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Have to pay small toll fee to get to the Cafe but well worth it considering the amazing views. Such a fabulous view with good food

Thank AngeloAnojan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the $8 to drive up or you can hike. The Astro cafe was amazing! The views are incredible - you can sit outside or inside. Tip: if you sit outside, wear some gloves! Food was average, don't expect a banquet selection but was...More

Thank QJST
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must pay $8 per car to drive up the road to visit this cafe. RIP OFF! Over staffed, over priced and unless you want to feel like a ripped off Tourist save yourself the complusary $8 road charge and get yourself a coffee at...More

1  Thank Pip H
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your visitor experience with our team here at the Astro Cafe, which is situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. The Mt. John Access Road is privately owned and does not benefit from...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the drive. Lovely staff and food. View was incredible. Experience of a life time. Had to pay 8$ entry fee but was well worth it for the view. Short trip to the top of the mountain. Would recommend this cafe.More

2  Thank jadeschokman
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for kind comments regarding our staff and food selection. We have since passed your comments on to our passionate team! We are pleased that you enjoyed the drive to the Astro Cafe, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory....More

Reviewed 18 July 2017 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

1  Thank 5robs91
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your kind comments regarding the cleanliness, friendliness and delightfulness of your visit to the Astro Cafe, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are pleased that we were able to accommodate your specific needs and requirements. We...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017

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
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for choosing to visit the Astro Cafe. We are pleased that you were blown away by the views of the Mackenzie basin and Lake Tekapo - we agree with your comments, it really is a must see visit for anyone visiting...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017 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
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your contribution made, in the form of the Road User Fee. As ever increasing maintenance costs rise, the privately owned Mt. John Access Road can now be in use for future generations, as a result...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

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!More

Thank livefortravel2017
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Astro Cafe with your daughter for lunch recently. We are thrilled that our selection of vegan friendly options, satisfied your requirements! We do receive excellent feedback on the variety that the Astro Cafe has to...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017 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.More

Thank Kate T
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your review and appropriate title, our team truly do feel as though their office is on top of the world! It is great to hear you enjoyed the spectacular drive to the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory - a...More

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CrisMag2014
23 August 2017|
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Response from QJST | Reviewed this property |
No need to and I don't think they do reservations. Plenty of space !
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Penny C
3 August 2017|
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Response from Philip C | Reviewed this property |
There was plenty of snow last month when we were there
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kilgs
24 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
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
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
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
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.
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