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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    @Siam Thai Cafe

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

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    RUST

    RUST is a licensed gourmet burger bar in Turangi town centre serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Oreti Restaurant

    Oreti Restaurant in Pukawa Southern Lake Taupō offers mouth-watering options, cosy atmosphere and cuisine that’s just something a little different.

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    Piccolo Cafe

    Welcome to Piccolo Licensed Cafe Taupō - 2016 People's Choice Regional Winners, Now also open for Late Dinner (Thus/Fri/Sat).

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    No 1 China Restaurant

    No 1 China Restaurant serves authentic Chinese cuisine cooked by Chinese chefs in the heart of Taupo.

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    Bistro Lago

    Dine in style in the elegant Bistro Lago. Taupo’s premium culinary destination is steered by the expertise of Executive Chef Gareth Stewart to create an unforgettable dining experience.

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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.

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    Dixie Browns

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupō, the largest fresh water lake in the Southern Hemisphere; enjoy views of Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe while dining on Dixie Browns extensive menu.

  • Wineries

    Crafty TROUT Brewery

    Explore and discover craft beer and cider using Alpine Volcanic water. Tours of the first fully automated brewing system in the world. A perfect indoor activity away from the weather.

    $30
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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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    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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    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.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Sushi Paradise

    Authentic licensed Japanese sushi restaurant. Serving fresh sushi rolls and hot Japanese food!

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    Cobb & Co.

    Welcome back to New Zealand's original Restaurant and Saloon. A friendly environment and warm charm that is uniquely kiwi.

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    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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    Beach 243

    Beach 243 is a casual Taupō dining experience that's right on the lake with alfresco sitting options - perfect for savouring family favourites in the pleasant summer's breeze.