The Hermitage

The Sir Edmund Hillary Café & Bar

Winter 2018 Renovation Notice:

Due to unforeseen circumstances during a re-construction program our Food and Beverage offerings will be running from the Chamois Bar and Grill until  28 June 2018.  The Chamois bar & Grill is located at the nearby Mt Cook Lodge and Motels and we will be running a complimentary Shuttle Service from the Aoraki Lobby.   If you have any questions, please contact our Reservations Team on

Please also note our main ground floor lobby, activities desk, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Café are also closed over this period and our reception and activities desk will be operating from the Aoraki Lobby, accessible at the back of the hotel until 28 June 2018.  Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

From the 29 June until late Spring all our Food and Beverage will be held in our Sir Edmund Hillary Cafe & Bar with the Alpine Restaurant, Snowline Bar and Panorama Room closed during this time.

We are pleased to offer the following Food & Beverage options in our Sir Edmund Hillary Café & Bar over this period:

  • Buffet breakfast available from 7am - 10am
  • Buffet Lunch available from 12 noon - 2pm
  • Buffet dinner available from 6pm - 9pm
  • Café menu available from 10am until 4pm
  • A la carte menu available from 6pm - 9pm (bookings recommended)
  • The Cafe Bar is open for bar snacks and drinks from 5.30pm until late.

The Chamois Bar (located at the Mt Cook Lodge & Motels) is open with a shuttle running between the two properties from 5pm until 10.30pm (times will be flexible depending on demand).

Refuel at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Cafe & Bar

Providing a unique and inspiring atmosphere in which to refresh, refuel and relax. Specialising in classic Kiwi fare, the self-service café & bar also offers floor to ceiling views of Aoraki Mount Cook, from indoor or outdoor seating.

Relax with a game of pool or sit back in our big comfy lounge chairs and watch the rugby, tennis, golf or whatever game is playing on the Sports channel.

Free Wifi is available within the cafe to guests staying at the Hermitage Hotel, Motels and Chalets during opening hours.

The café is open daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm (seasonal hours may apply) for fresh sandwiches and paninis, salads, locally made pies, pizzas, sausage rolls and a hot dish of the day. Tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes and pastries are available.

During the warmer months from 5.00pm to dusk the cafe reverts to an evening bar serving beverages and small snacks. Spend the evening relaxing on the cafe balcony watching the sunset over Aoraki Mount Cook.

The bar opens daily for a wide range of beverages.