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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    Lone Star

    Located at 24 Roberts Street in a stunning, purpose built building, Lone Star Taupō offers spectacular views over the Great Lake to Mount Ruapehu.

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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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    The Ruapehu Restaurant

    Superior dining and delicious Pacific Rim cuisine await at the Ruapehu Room, Chateau Tongariro’s renowned restaurant.

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    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.

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    Mole and Chicken Restaurant & Bar

    Delicious, honest, fresh cuisine at Taupō's Mole & Chicken. Go where the locals go and watch sports on the big screen, enjoy a meal, have a drink and take in the breathtaking views from the deck.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Best Kebabs

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

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    Element Bar

    Open 7 days a week for the best atmosphere in Taupō. Once u come party with us you will have an unforgettable night!

  • Cafes

    Victoria's Café Kitchen Bar

    Great coffee, fresh food made with love, funky eclectic interior & friendly atmosphere…life is good.

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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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    @Siam Thai Cafe

    One of Taupō's most popular Thai eateries, Siam Thai Cafe offers authentic Thai street food in a casual atmosphere.

  • 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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    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.

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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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    The Bistro

    The Bistro is an award winning Taupō eatery producing simple contemporary New Zealand food with the freshest regional ingredients.

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    Tokyo Sushi

    Delicious fresh sushi and hot food served in Taupō.

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    Kissa-Kai Japanese Cafe and Restaurant

    Kissa Kai is a licensed Japanese cafe and restaurant who brings you the delicious authentic Japanese delights.

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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!

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    Portofino Taupō

    Welcome to Portofino Taupō. Situated in stunning Taupō, warm, stylish interior, crisp service, knowledgeable waiters and authentic Italian cuisine are all served up against the backdrop of the beautiful city centre.

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    Lakeland House Restaurant

    Near Tokaanu, right on the lake’s edge at the southern end, you’ll find excellent food, service and atmosphere at Lakeland House at Braxmere.

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