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Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

| 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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Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (113 reviews)
“salmon bagel” (17 reviews)
“salad” (37 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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| Aorkai Mt Cook Village, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

The Salmon dish in the Mains is probably the best salmon we have ever eaten. It is fresh water salmon, farmed nearby and it was not as heavy or rich the way salmon can sometimes get. It was light, really tasty and the hollandaise sauce...More

Thank TriciaB623
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came here for lunch and my 28 year old partner who has was refused alcohol because she did not have her passport on her and her Australian drivers license was refused! But i (32) was able to buy alcohol but my partner was not...More

Thank Ronie i
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

You have the wrong target. We don't make the liquor licensing laws, the NZ govt does. If you have a problem with that, complain to the NZ government. The staff, per law, require a passport for ID if you are not a New Zealander and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe has the most amazing backdrop! The food was really good. Salmon bagel was fresh with heaps of very good quality salmon. The burger was freshly made and tasty.

Thank nz0064
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a positive review. It really made our day. Travel safe!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extremely tasy pizza and a great kids menu which was just fried food, thank you. Service was friendly and the fire made the difference - so warm! Expensive wine though.

Thank juliamutch
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and I'm guessing you mean the kid's menu was not just fried food? Great that you enjoyed the fire, too! Travel safe.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very expensive for what you get we ordered the cafes 'famous' sausages but very disappointing some had gristle and they were moderately warm the carrots were king size and chopped up similar to boarding school boiled and no taste, roast potatoes and pumpkin had been...More

Thank Jennifer R
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sausages NZ made from grass-fed animals; the real thing with no msg. Carrots, potatoes and pumpkin were all organic, (which were not reheated) comes at extra cost that we absorb as we champion farmers who grow organic and love providing it for guests. Sorry if...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had breakfast and dinner here. The smoked salmon bagel was very generous and in the evening we had a salmon pizza for starter and the sausages and pasta. Despite others finding the salmon bland we found it delicious. The eftpos worked...More

Thank sidknee2
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you SO very much for appreciating our place, where heart and soul is put into making your experience a good one. For every poor review we get about 100 people in the restaurant saying how great it all is, but most go off on...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After driving 50+km off the main road to Mt Cook one morning we were looking for a good hot drink and a light snack. What we found here was a grimy, dirty, smelly (deep frying) cafe. The muffin ($6.50) was no more than a supermarket...More

Thank coopa-qld
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

You obviously have the wrong place. We pride ourselves on our very clean restaurant and the fresh air which gusts in and the warm welcoming wood fire that we have here when it is cold. It is CERTAINLY NOT smelly! Perhaps you'll find us next...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Menu said ask waitress for kids menu which we did. The waitress said pretty much most things can be made a child's portion. So we orderes a kids hawaiian pizza. Turns out pizza was procluded from 'pretty much anything' despite making up about half of...More

Thank Merenylo
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Salmon is a mild tasting fish. I've had a word to the salmon, but it refuses to budge from its blandness. It was very fresh. We offer about four pizza options, which is not "half the menu". It's much less. A bit of a shocking...More

Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Nice view and food was ok. My order was stuffed up (food allergy) but quickly rectified. Few food choices but not a lot on the cold drinks side unless you want alcoholic drinks.

Thank mail_jonosmith
Harriet W, Owner at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good that you enjoyed the food and we fixed whatever was wrong for your allergy. Chicken, steak, vegan, vegetarian, and fish is all on offer. Cannot offer hundreds of dishes in a remote location. Cold drinks we offer have no chlorine or fluoride.

Reviewed 10 June 2018

This is certainly one of the most spectacular cafes you will enjoy in NZ... Great view of the Aoraki Mt.Cook, great food and beverage menu and nice choice of souvenirs/art pieces to bring home. If you are staying at hotels nearby and don't feel like...More

1  Thank jensen_chua
Harriet W, General Manager at Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Thank you SO much for this beautiful review. We really appreciate it. Thank you for really understanding what The Old Mountaineers is all about and for also noticing the New Zealand souvenirs and books that are available as well. (We never tire of the spectacular...More

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Ash5200
24 June 2015|
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Response from Harriet W | Property representative |
Dear Ash, Yes it is VERY high season! We do take reservations and if you book your group in for an early dinner that should work. Let me know your name, contact details of where you are staying and if you want to book on 29... More
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Pipo2968
26 May 2015|
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Response from Harriet W | Property representative |
Welcome to Mount Cook National Park! We serve sourdough or ciabatta bread and toast. In winter the last order depends on how busy it is but book for no later than 7pm to be sure that we are open. Breakfast starts at 10am. We... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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