Taste

When you eat in Taupō, you’re tasting the real New Zealand – beautiful fresh produce, meat and game, prepared simply to let the flavours shine through.

The region’s pure waters and lush farmland produces ingredients of export quality, including specialities like nourishing mānuka honey, grass-fed Taupō beef and lamb, wild venison, and locally brewed craft beer.

And of course, there’s the trout, which isn’t sold in shops, so the only way to enjoy its unique flavour is to catch it yourself. Many local restaurants and lodges will be happy to prepare your catch for you – just call and book in advance.

Taupō’s cafe culture is up with the big cities (the local doughnuts are a coveted item!), and the chefs at the region’s luxury lodges prepare food that’s among the best in the world.