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The Old Mountaineers Restaurant and Historic Photographic Gallery

The Old Mountaineers Restaurant and Historic Photographic Gallery
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The Old Mountaineers' Cafe, Bar, Restaurant & Historic Photographic Gallery offers organic fair trade coffee, organic food and wine and all with stunning views of Aoraki-Mount Cook. It also has a great open fire a wonderful historic mountaineering photographic gallery. It is full of the spirit and passion of the area. Recommended by Lonely Planet as 'their pick', recommended by Rough Guide and the only place in the village personally opened by Sir Edmund Hillary. His message to the owners hangs over the fireplace. Genuine souvenirs, books and photos. Also home to the famous Glacier Sea-Kayaking and Southern Alps Guiding climbing and skiing adventures.
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User Reviews

There are: 26 reviews, with an average rating of 4.0 out of 5
Been camping at DOC site five days and been here every day!! Great food and great scenery and great hospitality. What a fantastic place!
Thank you
Barry and Cheryl Weir
Bristol UK
Posted by Barry and Cheryl Weir on 2009-12-28 11:19:33
Great story - the mountain spirit and companionship prevades The Old Mountaineers. Well done Charlie and Mary for "making the stand:. We enjoyed a great meal, fabulous inspiring views - wish we had more time.
Stan and Diana UK
Posted by Stan and Diana on 2009-12-28 11:18:47
It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Thanks for fighting to get this place open. The roast chicken was "sweet as" and the stuffing beyond description. Yum! Cheers. Steve and Jan Boston, Ma, USA
PS We'll be back tomorrow.
Posted by Steve and Jan on 2009-12-28 11:18:17
Second time here in 5 years. Thanks for being a welcome alternative to the Hermitage
Diana (Texas)
Posted by Diana on 2009-12-28 11:17:10

Love this place - a bit of magic
Beverley - New York
Posted by Beverley on 2009-12-28 11:16:30
Fantastic atmosphere and GREAT food (the organic wine, desert and the lamb and chicken were all great. John and Pam Syd.
Posted by John and Pam on 2009-12-28 11:15:48
Love your mountain and cafe and the food was delicious and the hospitality very warm. Thank you Charlie, Mary, Rebecca and Poppie.
Louise Sydney
Posted by Louise on 2009-12-28 11:15:11
Good pizza with great view
Hellors from California
Posted by Hellors on 2009-12-28 11:14:36
Dear Mary and Charlie
Thank you for your inspiration - you are very special, wonderful people! Meeting you Mary has been the best day for me - in our travels in your beautiful country. My sister was right - the best, most wonderful people live in New Zealand!
All the best to you and good luck with the next book!
Shelley and Saul
Philadelphia USA
Posted by Shelley and Saul on 2009-12-28 11:14:03
Great food and lovely atmosphere
Posted by Natasha on 2009-12-28 11:12:59
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