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Dine indoors by a crackling log fire or enjoy a glass of wine alfresco with stunning views across the lake. Taupo 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 Taupo beef and lamb, which has been produced in a way that verifiably preserves the water quality of Lake Taupo.

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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    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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    2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre Cafe and Bar

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

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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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    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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    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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    RUST

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

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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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    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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    The Ruapehu Restaurant

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

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    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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