a month ago
What a great little restaurant! We stopped in the little town of Pakawau while exploring the top of the South Island. We stopped in for dinner. The food was great, the portions sizable and the service friendly. Can't ask for much more. There's some art for sale too if you're interested. The school them comes through in the set up of the cafe but it's not overdone. It just makes it a bit interesting. Will stop by again when we're up here. Great place.
- Paul B
a year ago
It's great to have such a relaxed, friendly place this far west. The food is good, better than pub grub but relaxed and unpretentious. They purposefully cater for locals year round, providing a place to eat and drink and welcome travellers when they turn up. The menu is a mix of dishes covering differnt meats. I had a vegetarian pizza, which was delicious. I don't remember anything specifically for vegans on the menu, but I'm sure they would be the kind of place that would "whip something up" They also make a great coffee worth going back for. We will definately continue to visit.
- Jacqui S
2 months ago
My wife and I had a superb meal on Sunday evening. We can highly recommend this establishment. The seafood chowder was amazing as was the soup of the day and the vegetable samosas. Very friendly staff and great surroundings. Excellent!!
- Mark J

About us

The Old School Cafe is located half way between Collingwood and Farewell spit. The Cafe is in the original building that was once the house of learning for the children of Pakawau. Open for lunch and dinner there is plenty on the large black board menu to suit all. Indoor and outdoor dining with a full bar, pool table and dart board.

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1115 Collingwood Puponga Main Road
Pakawau 7073
New Zealand

Opening Hours

Thu:4:00 – 8:00 pm
Fri:4:00 – 8:00 pm
Sat:11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun:11:00 am – 8:00 pm
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