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Hobnail Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Main Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7951, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0005
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

We had 2 nights at Fox Glacier on our recent trip to NZ and we frequented this café a number of times during our stay for coffee, breakfast and lunch on one occasion. Great place to sit and watch the day unfold. Food was yummy and coffee was great.

Thank Rhiannon L
Inverloch, Australia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

Staff were helpful and informative, breakfast was really good. Menu gave a variety of meal choice, barista was talented, coffee art was delicate.. Great coffee. Highly recommend this cafe.

Thank Wth1959
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014

We stopped in here for breakfast before our fox glacier adventure. The coffee was $4.50 for a 6oz cup, which is very expensive. We also grabbed a few sandwiches to take up the mountain for lunch. They were just average. I believe they are the only place open in Fox before 8am. If you are looking for something before you... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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138 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014 via mobile

Friendly welcoming and a warm cozy place to get away from the rain. Had a perfect coffee and tried the gluten-free brownie. It was delicious! Lotsof other choices for lunch.

Thank Brenda C
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014

I had to wait for about five minutes for it to finish cooking, but it was well worth it! Fresh out of the oven on a lacy napkin made of melted cheese and filled with fresh veggies, I snacked on it all day. It was a truly wonderful way to start the long drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown. The... More 

Thank Lyndae A
Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2014

My younger daughter (15 years) and I had two breakfasts and a lunch at the Hobnail Cafe. Healthy and delicious food, and a female staff member who loves music (singing along to the background music)! Fantastic.

Thank Robyn H
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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531 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 380 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2014

The atmosphere at Hobnail Cafe was nice: decor was consistent with an outdoor guiding company and the hustle and bustle of outdoor enthusiasts coming and going was exciting. There was a tangible energy among patrons. Unfortunately, the food did not match. The burger that I ordered arrived later than my companions' meals and unfortunately wasn't very good... A soggy bun... More 

Thank Keith-B-Robinson
Sydney, Australia
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133 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2014

One of the very few places to open for breakfast, Hobnob opens at 8am, although we managed to get food at 7:45am. Absolutely superb breakfast, reasonably priced and large serving size. Totally recommend.

Thank AngiePx
Fox Glacier
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

A great place to go for a spot of breakfast or lunch. I love going there in the morning and watching the world go by. The breakfasts are delicious and coffee is good too. My son loves the lovely fresh muffins. Lovely service always with a smile.

Thank Claire F
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

Came here for lunch on a weekday and had their chicken burger. It was quite nice, using fresh ingredients. I liked the range of lunch items on the menu and in their glass cabinet too! The hot chocolate I had was phenomenal too - rich, creamy and super hot, perfect for winter. Service was super friendly too - good for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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: +64 3-751 0005
Our friendly and helpful staff will tempt you with the delicious breakfast or lunch menus. Our scrumptious homemade baking is made fresh on the premises everyday, and the delicatessen style food is perfect for a casual lunch, or food on the run. Meals can be made to order if you need to take away, or if you have a little more time to savour the flavour, enjoy in our cosy café either inside, or outside and lap up the sun. We are licensed too, so enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the café with your meal. We also offer vegetarian meal options if you prefer. Groups are most welcome but advance notice is appreciated. Wifi is available with any Hobnail Cafe purchase, so if you want to catch up on messages and emails or upload photos from your Fox Glacier experience, then this is the perfect opportunity. The Hobnail Café is open from 7.30am daily.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?