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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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    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.

  • 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.

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    Finn MacCuhals Irish Pub

    We are a traditional Irish pub offering fine restaurant food and the best nightlife activity in Taupō, NZ. Sun drenched deck, big screens, gaming room, pool tables, fine cuisine, top NZ bands, live DJ, PLUS an unprecedented selection of beverages to quench even the most dry & thirsty traveller.

  • 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.

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    Tokyo Sushi

    Delicious fresh sushi and hot food served in Taupō.

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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.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Sushi Paradise

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

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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.

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    SMK Southern Meat Kitchen

    Southern Meat Kitchen on Tuwharetoa street is Taupō’s funkiest BBQ concept restaurant. With a unique wood smoker imported from America they produce mouth watering meals with an emphasis on low ’n’ slow meats.

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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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    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.

  • 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).

  • 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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    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.

  • Takeaways & bakeries

    Best Kebabs

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

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    The Steak House

    The Steak House Taupō welcomes tourists, families, couples, corporate groups and local residents alike.

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    Lakehouse

    Lakehouse Taupo as a table service restaurant we specialise in stone grill meals and gourmet dishes with an extensive range of Wine and Craft beer.

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    Fox & Hound

    Open 7 days this great old English pub setting, using only quality fresh produce to create you a restaurant meal, while feeling the comforts of home.

  • 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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