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Hobnail Cafe

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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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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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531 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 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
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 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 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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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 

Thank WinterFootsteps
Francestown, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

We just had a muffin and a scone, but they were really delicious, it's the best scone I ever had, still warm, soft and not dry as I often had. And the waitress was sooooo nice. If we go back to Fox we will have a proper lunch there.

Thank Sandrineandalex
Greymouth, New Zealand
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282 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Quick stop en route to Queenstown for coffee and a muffin. Pleasant and warm place to sit. Coffee was good. Toilets clean and tidy. Met our need for a short break.Other services provided which we did not use---trip bookings and souvenir shopping.

Thank Christine R
Napier, New Zealand
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

The food was ok. The room was a bit cold as nobody had lit the fire that morning. A very nice young chap did so while we were there but unfortunately managed to fill the room with smoke! That aside, a pleasant enough way to start your day.

Thank Paul S
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

I stayed in Fox Glacier for a week or so during March visiting my son who works nearby. The Toasted Sandwich is good value and very tasty and hit the mark with me more than once. I found the staff very helpful and polite and always attentive. I like the fact that the Glacier Guides help out at busy time...... More 

Thank John5389
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

This cafe was recommended by the hotel for breakfast before our walk on the glacier. Was excellent. Staff friendly

Thank chanchristine251
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

My wife and I had started from Wanaka to reach Fox by mid-day and just wanted a quick bite upon arrival as we were here for an official visit. We chose to go to this cafe since it had the highest amount of people we could see outside and then inside, probably because they do some heli-ride or transport options... More 

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Karen J, Manager at Hobnail Cafe, responded to this review

Hello I am very sorry for your disappointment on your recent visit to the Hobnail café as we strive to send our customers away happy. I would like to be certain it was our café that you dined at as the charge for a Toasted Sandwich is only $8.50 not $10 as you stated. I was glad to see that... 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, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, 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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