Restaurants & bars

Dine indoors by a crackling log fire or enjoy a glass of wine alfresco with stunning views across the lake. Taupō boasts an extensive selection of family-friendly restaurants, lakeside bars, award-winning fine dining and vibrant eateries.

The region is at the forefront of dining with innovative menus showcasing fresh local ingredients. Enjoy locally produced Taupō beef and lamb, which has been produced in a way that verifiably preserves the water quality of Lake Taupō.

Sample mouth-watering slow cooked southern US-style meats washed down with a locally brewed craft beer at SMK Southern Meat Kitchen, or share a Mediterranean style platter with a group of friends at Vine Eatery & Bar or one of the other inviting local eateries.

For that special occasion you can't go past The Bistro, recently nominated in the top 100 New Zealand restaurants by Metro magazine, and The Lodge at Kinloch Club where all cuisine is sourced from the private 2000ha owners estate adhering to the 'estate to plate' organic philosophy.

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  • Restaurants

    Turangi Bridge Restaurant & Bar

    The Turangi Bridge Bar and Restaurant offers a stylish and welcoming atmosphere for sampling mouth-watering New Zealand cuisine. A Turangi icon since 1931, our restaurant has a genuine history and ambience unlike anywhere else.

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    Sakura Sushi Bar

    Conveniently located on the main road at Tongariro Street, Sakura Sushi Bar offers a range of sushi and Japanese cuisine for locals and visitors alike.

  • Bars

    The Deck

    The Deck, delivering the best vibes in Taupō! We’re the only bar in town that’ll give you panoramic views of Taupo's lake and mountains. We’ve got the cheapest beer in town starting at a measly $5.00. Plus insta worthy cocktails, fusions, tasty food, sky sports, the best pool tables in town and free board games to play (including Cards Against Humanity).

  • Restaurants

    Valentino's Ristorante Italiano

    We are the only licensed Italian Restaurant in Turangi and have been in operation since 1990. Ettore the owner/Chef was born in Treviso near Venice, Italy where he learnt his cooking skills in the Veneto region, before coming to Turangi.

  • Cafes

    Tipsy Trout

    Located at Kinloch harbour with sweeping views of the beach, this cafe, bar and restaurant serves delicious food with gluten-free and vegan options.

  • Restaurants

    Mangakino District Services and Citizens Club

    The "Club" as it is often referred to or the "Old Razza" Started originally as an RSA and with numbers dwindling from 500+ in its heyday to a core group over 100 it was changed to a Charter Club while still retaining RSA memorabilia.

  • Restaurants

    Parklands Motorlodge Restaurant and Bar

    A local favorite and famous for it's welcoming ambience and service, the Parklands Motor Lodge Restaurant is popular Turangi hot spot offering a hearty menu and well stocked bar.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Best Kebabs

    For great kebabs and other delights, you can't go past Best Kebabs.

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    Ploughmans Restaurant Taupō

    In the tradition of the English village pub, Ploughmans Lake Taupō serves as a meeting place for friends and neighbours, and is a place where no one remains a stranger for long. The walls and ceilings are filled with collectables carefully selected over several years.

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    Waterside Restaurant & Bar

    Welcome to the Waterside Restaurant & Bar, one of the top Taupō Restaurants. Join us for a wonderful lunch or a fabulous value priced dinner.

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    Tongariro Lodge Restaurant

    At Tongariro Lodge in Turangi New Zealand we believe the enjoyment of food and fine wine to be an integral part of your visit to the Taupō region.

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    Incredible India

    Incredible India Restaurant started with a determined vision of capturing the flavors, colors, and hospitality of the exquisite tradition and diverse culture that makes India.

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    The Brantry

    The Brantry is constantly at the forefront of Taupō’s dining experience and a recent stylish refurbishment in the original 1950s town house offers a variety of dining experiences.

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    Malabar Beyond India

    Modern Indian fusion cuisine in the heart of Taupō – a taste experience so different and flavourful you will not forget!

  • Cafes

    Hydro Eatery

    With a large array of delicious cabinet food and a lunch menu, Hydro is set in the heart of Turangi just off State Highway One.

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    Muckys Backyard Bar & Eatery

    Muckys Backyard Bar in Mangakino offers a private function venue and casual bar and dining over summer.

  • Cafes

    McDonald's

    I'm Lovin' it Taupō, New Zealand, has the honor of being home to the only McDonald's location that includes a decommissioned DC3 plane as part of the store.

  • Cafes

    2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre Cafe and Bar

    This licensed café and bar sits right over the lake; in fact the café sits over the water itself with panoramic views across the lake. It's a nice place to relax with a coffee, wood fired pizza now available or even a drink.

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    Taupō Cosmopolitan Club

    Located near the largest of New Zealands lakes, the Taupō Cosmopolitan Club has over 7700 members.

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