Established in 1991 as the first country café in the Tasman district, the Jester House café has become a much loved coffee and lunch stop.
Once you walk over the trip trop bridge past the tame eels you enter another world. The funtastic café garden is full of art and surprises.

The café is open daily in the summer season (October till April) from 9.00am until 5.00pm. In winter it’s open Saturday and Sunday from 9.00am until 4.30pm.

We serve breakfast, lunch and inbetweens. There are delicious baked cakes, slices and scones. For lunch we have a blackboard menu, which is all fresh and homemade.

Specialties include our own hot smoked fish and platters to share. There’s also food for kids.


The Cafe Gardens

Funtastic - enjoy Jester House Cafe, Nelson, New Zealand

A great place to relax. Choose a table and enjoy some coffee and cake or a local Nelson region wine or beer, it’s organic too. You can play chess on the giant wooden chess board or tell the kids to “get lost” in the maze. Let them enjoy the playground while you take some time to smell the roses.

Take a wander and enjoy the various sculptures that you discover and be surprised by what you find.

For café bookings please call us
on: 03 526 6742

Tame Eels

Feed the tame eels at Jester House cafe

The tame eels live in the creek below the bridge waiting to be fed. Eel food is available from the café, $5 for the real eel deal.

Get up close and personal with these charismatic megafauna as they squirm out of the water to take the food you offer from your stick.

Fresh water eels are found in most river systems and lakes in New Zealand where they can live for 80-100 years.

They spend part of their life cycle in seawater and part in fresh water, with the spawning ground of our native eels thought to lie hundreds of kilometres away in deep ocean trenches off Tonga.

They can even wiggle their way over land to reach the rivers that will take them to the sea.

As eels naturally hibernate when the water temperature drops, the eel feeding season runs from September until May.