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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    Vine Eatery & Bar

    Mediterranean and New Zealand cuisine, craft beer, fine wine & cocktail lounge in the heart of Taupō.

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    Turangi Tavern

    Providing TAB and gaming as well as live sport and music.

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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.

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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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    Pub n Grub

    Situated in one of the best spots in Taupō's CBD Pub n Grub offers customers amazing lake and mountain views along with "the best pub food in town". How could you not pop in for a visit?

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    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Muckys Backyard Bar & Eatery

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

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    Indian Delights

    We welcome you all to Indian Delight for a wonderful dine-in experience of Indian Cuisine with a wonderful lakeside view.

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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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    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).

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    Plateau Bar & Eatery

    Located on the shores of Lake Taupō, Plateau Bar & Eatery is an award-winning New Zealand meeting place that serves the finest craft beers and kiwi inspired cuisine.

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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.