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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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“cakes” (56 reviews)
“carrot cake” (26 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Mt John | Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

By this I mean the mocha/hot chcolates had planets sprinkled on top instead of just the usual heart shape. Really warm place to sit and admire the view above and beyond. Plus post a letter from Southern Hemisphere's highest post box

Thank Daisyange
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had great view of Lake Tekapo from this cafe. It was blowing very hard, so there were many people in the cafe. And many people were waiting on the line to order their refreshments. I had a cappuccino and a chocolate caramel. They were...More

Thank Yukiwarisou
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your personal opinion on your visit to the Astro Cafe, situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the horizon to horizon views seen from the Astro...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply stunning coming up here today, the sun is shining and the views of Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie basin are amazing. Staff were friendly and helpful and our coffee, tea and custard squares delightful. A true treasure you have to come and experienceMore

Thank Riwai G
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, Many thanks for your excellent 5 star tripAdvisor review for your time at the Astro Cafe situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are thrilled that the weather you experienced was perfection and you thought the views of Lake Tekapo...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove up for afternoon tea with a view. Spectacular 360 deg views including Mt Cook. Good coffee with choc caramel slice & carrot cake of course!More

Thank v joanne f
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for your kind Trip Advisor review! We are pleased that you enjoyed afternoon tea with our Astro Cafe team recently. We must agree with your comments on the 360 views, it truly is a spectacular view! It is great to hear...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I hiked up from Tekapo up the Mt John walkway (begins at the hot springs). Tough trail up through gorgeous forest, and out onto open tussock land with incredible vistas in every direction. Seating inside and out. Not overpriced. No hassles with them honouring the...More

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

Kia ora, Thank you for your incredibly detailed 5 star review. It is great to hear that you had such a brilliant time! From the base of Mt. John all the way to the summit - we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk to the summit was difficult in places but worth the effort to experience the views. The Astro café had some lovely food on offer, it was reasonably priced and the salmon bagel was delicious.More

Thank Chris0772
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Chris, Thank you for your excellent 5 star review. Firstly, well done on choosing to walk to the summit of Mt. John! An incredibly rewarding hike that is both refreshing and inspiring! We encourage guests to use the free Mt. John Walkways when...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food and coffee was okay for the price. However where else can you get food and coffee overlooking snow mountain and a beautiful lake all at once?More

Thank Edward T
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora Edward, Thank you for your kind review. We must agree with your comments, there is something truly spectacular about sitting at the Astro Cafe located at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, sipping coffee, eating freshly made savoury and sweet treats and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there early December 2016 and it was the super windy season. After parking the car, the 4 of us were walking up against the strong winds and notice the staff signal us to get indoor asap. We were told to all stay indoor...More

Thank Trumpboyer86
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review recently, for your visit in December 2016. We are disappointed that Mother Nature interfered with your visit to the Astro Cafe situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, last December....More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

Great views from Mt Cook overlooking the Lake and environs. A wonderful location to relax and enjoy refreshments in an awe inspiring setting.More

Thank WilliamRG2014
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora William, Thank you for your review from the Astro Cafe! Although, I think there may be some confusion on which mountain we are situated atop of! The Astro Cafe is situated at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory. We are thrilled that...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Really nice spot to get a 370°c view on the lake ! Try the soup of the day, I had 2 and they were both really good! Same for the flat white (perfect foam on top ^^) and the carrot cake with the relish on...More

Thank Justine D
Astro_Cafe, General Manager at Astro Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you Justine D for reaching out to us and sharing your experience with us and future visitors to Lake Tekapo. We are overjoyed that you enjoyed our freshly made ‘Soup of the Day’, barista made coffees and our famous homemade carrot cake....More

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kilgs
hey, do you have ,any gluten free options
25 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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, View
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
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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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