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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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    Knoll Ridge Chalet - Whakapapa

    From New Zealand's highest dining experience, perched 2,020m above sea level on the edge of Mt Ruapehu, the view is nothing short of spectacular. Paddock to plate buffet restaurant, à la carte style cafe and foodtruck style dining.

    $49 - $89 Book now
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    Master of India

    Master of India strives to bring you the most authentic in Indian cuisine, complimented with traditional Indian décor.

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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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    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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    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 1.

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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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