With lake and mountain views, Oreti restaurant could get away with average food. But the kitchen doesn't compromise, serving fun filo pastry–wrapped prawns in shot glasses of sweet chilli and aioli and elegant mains like seared duck breast, sweet with parsnip and prunes. Where else on Lake Taupo do waitstaff wish you bon appétit to a jazzy French soundtrack?
On Fridays the bar opens at 5pm and doesn't close until midnight. Breakfast and lunch hampers by request.