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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 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…
Modern NZ in Turangi

Oreti Restaurant

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…
International in Turangi

Lakeland House

Destination dining with a view across Lake Taupo with generous pastas, salads and chowder dominating the daytime menu. Craft beer from Tuatara Brewing is on tap, and come evening diners can salivate over pan-fried s…
Cafe in Turangi

Hydro Eatery

Spacious, modern and clean – almost at the expense of character – this all-day cafe with geometric blue plastic chairs serves breakfast classics for breakfast and burgers, seafood and nachos for lunch. There's a kid…
Museum in Turangi

Volcanic Activity Centre

This interactive science museum moved from Taupo to Turangi and it now adjoins the local i-SITE. Learn about the area's geothermal activity with this excellent, if text-heavy, display. A favourite exhibit with kids …
Aquarium in Turangi

Tongariro National Trout Centre

Around 4km south of Turangi, this DOC-managed trout centre has a hatchery, an underwater viewing chamber, a museum with polished educational displays, a collection of rods and reels dating back to the 1880s, and fre…
Cafe in Turangi

Licorice

Look for the giant licorice allsort on the roof of this roadside cafe, 8km north of Turangi. The coffee's good and comes with an allsort on the side, while the signature breakfast will keep you going until lunch. Co…
Indian in Turangi

Monsoon Splash of Spice

Don't be fooled by the office-like look of this Indian joint, it could be the best takeaway in town. Pick a protein in classics like korma and vindaloo, or BYO trout and they'll cook it for free if you spend $30 (ot…
Supermarket in Turangi

New World

Self-caterers should head to this big, centrally located supermarket.