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Where to Eat & Drink in Aoraki/Mt Cook Village

Here's a list of our favourite eateries in Aoraki/Mt Cook Village

Delicious Food & Great Drinks!

Aoraki/ Mount Cook Village is located within New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park at the end of State Highway 80 – 15 kilometres south of the summit of the country’s highest mountain, the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook. The quaint village caters for a large influx of tourists each year, whilst the nearest supermarket is located in Twizel (65km away), there is a great selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from.

With a range of helicopter and ski plane flights, along with a great collection of walks in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, you won’t find yourself bored! Book one of our amazing experiences and we will provide complimentary transport from all accommodation in the Aoraki/Mt Cook village.

1. The Panorama Restaurant

Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base for your next adventure.  The iconic Hermitage Hotel is home to a selection of restaurants and bars one of these is The Panorama Restaurant.

The newly renovated Panorama Room has a simple philosophy of using the freshest, local ingredients to produce seasonal menus rich in flavour and style with stunning alpine mountain vistas to match.

Panorama Room is open daily for dinner from 6.00pm, reservations from 6.00pm to 9.30pm (seasonal hours may apply). Due to high demand, reservations are essential.

Panorama view of the hermitage hotel in mt cook

2. Old Mountaineers' Cafe

The only business within the Aoraki Mount Cook Village officially opened by Sir Edmund Hillary. Relax with great organic coffee, excellent food, and cold beer or wine – all while taking in stunning views of Aoraki Mount Cook.

Recommended by Lonely Planet as “their pick”. Also recommended by Rough Guide. Bookings for parties, weddings and groups are welcome. The owners, Charlie and Mary Hobbs, are both registered Marriage Celebrants

View The Old Mountaineers’ cafe here

Old mountaineers' cafe in mt cook

3. The Alpine Restaurant

The Alpine Restaurant is also apart of the Hermitage Hotels’ great collection of eateries. Be enticed by fresh flavours and an interactive dining experience.

The newly renovated Alpine Restaurant is open, offering an adventurous array of fresh local produce cooked to perfection.

Be tempted by a sumptuous buffet breakfast, enjoy the bustle of an interactive dinner buffet or join them for lunch, all accompanied by luxurious decor and spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Advanced dinner reservations are recommended.

2 cup of coffee and a cake in the alpine restaurant mt cook

4. Chamois Bar & Grill

Chill out in the Chamois Bar & Grill, a favourite of travellers and locals alike. Enjoy pub style meals at great prices then party till late or watch the game on the sports screen.

The Chamois Bar & Grill features:

  • Pool Table
  • Dart Board
  • Big Screen TV with Sports Channels
  • Juke Box

The kitchen team at the Chamois Bar & Grill were the winners of the 15th annual prestigious ‘wild food’ competition, the Monteith’s Wildfood Challenge. The ‘What a Pig’ dish was picked from more than 132 contenders throughout New Zealand.

Meat on a grill in chamois bar & grill mt cook

The tale of a mountain – Aoraki and his three brothers who were the sons of Ranginui, the Sky Father. Came down from the heavens to visit Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother. The waka that they were travelling on was stranded after striking a reef in the ocean. Aoraki and his brothers climbed on the top side of their canoe. As they did this, the cold south wind hit them, froze them, and turned them into stone. Aoraki, the tallest of the brothers, gave his name to the highest peak. His brothers and members of his crew became the mountains of the Southern Alps.