Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Taupo

Storehouse

If you're looking for Taupo's coolest cafe, you've just found it. Setting the scene since 2013, Storehouse is located in an old plumbing store over two levels. Downstairs, indoor plants drape over warehouse beams, a…
Top Choice Burgers in Ohakune

Blind Finch

After tramping Mt Tongariro, skiing Mt Ruapehu or mountain biking, there's nothing better than these beast-sized burgers cooked on a custom-made manuka wood-fire grill. Licensed until 2am, Blind Finch boasts a bar a…
Top Choice Cafe in Taupo

Replete Cafe & Store

"You don't come to Taupo without stopping for coffee here," a customer tells us, "It's an institution." He's not wrong. Established in 1993, Replete is split into a cafe and shop selling designer kitchenware, cerami…
Top Choice Cafe in Ohakune

Eat Takeaway Diner

Bagels, innovative salads, and tasty American and Tex Mex-influenced dishes combine with the best coffee in town at this modern spot on Ohakune's main drag. All white tiles and pops of blue, there's a strong focus o…
Top Choice South American in Taupo

Southern Meat Kitchen

Calling all carnivores! SMK slow-cooks beef brisket, pulled pork and shredded chicken on an American wood-fire smoker – and you can order it by the half-pound (upgrade to a pound for $8). Arrives with mac 'n' cheese…
Top Choice Cafe in Turangi

Cadillac Cafe

Step back in time at Cadillac with its array of vintage chairs, posters and impressive toy collection from the ’50s and ’60s. Retro games are available while you wait for your massive burger, sticky ribs or fish and…
Cafe in Taupo

Spoon & Paddle

Filling a 1950s house with colourful decor, this cafe feels like popping into a friend's place for brunch with a whole lot of strangers. Breakfast runs all day, and from 11.30am you can order tasty international num…
Modern NZ in Taupo

Bistro

Popular with locals – bookings are recommended – the Bistro focuses on doing the basics very, very well. That means harnessing local and seasonal produce for dishes such as bacon-wrapped Wharekauhau lamb, washed dow…
Bakery in Ohakune

Chocolate Eclair Shop

At the time of writing, Allan Nation is 64 years old. He's been getting up at 2am to bake since he was 17. Allan learned from his late father, who also baked in the original ovens that used to feed soldiers at Waiou…
Cafe in Turangi

Creel Tackle House & Cafe

One of the best cafes in Turangi is a tiny room behind a tackle shop selling all your fishing equipment needs. Beside native rimu-wood tables, homemade preserves perch on the windowsill. There's a cabinet loaded wit…