Nicola’s guidebook

Nicola

Nicola’s guidebook

My Favourite Restaurants and Cafe's
We love this spot for Taupo's best fine dinning experience. It usually has a great deal on a three course meal. The courses are not huge and over all its good value for money. We find its smart/casual so not too over the top.
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The Brantry Restaurant
45 Rifle Range Rd
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We love this spot for Taupo's best fine dinning experience. It usually has a great deal on a three course meal. The courses are not huge and over all its good value for money. We find its smart/casual so not too over the top.
Great Indian food with great service. It has always been our regular Indian restaurant and choose this one over the others.
Master of India
47 Ruapehu St
Great Indian food with great service. It has always been our regular Indian restaurant and choose this one over the others.
This is a little restaurant in the middle of town that you would never know exists. The food is well priced and full of real Thai flavours. Its worth calling ahead to see if there is any tables available.
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@Siam Thai Street Food Cafe
22 Heuheu Street
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This is a little restaurant in the middle of town that you would never know exists. The food is well priced and full of real Thai flavours. Its worth calling ahead to see if there is any tables available.
Pauly's have the best burgers in town by far! Its definitely not for anyone on a diet! So worth a visit.
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Pauly's Diner
3 Paora Hapi St
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Pauly's have the best burgers in town by far! Its definitely not for anyone on a diet! So worth a visit.
This little spot is worth a visit. It is just a 5 min drive from us and has a cute Gallery on the property and has loads of character. Its probably not my top cafe for food but definitely for convenience, the beautiful garden and a good coffee.
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L'arté Cafe & Gallery
255 Mapara Rd
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This little spot is worth a visit. It is just a 5 min drive from us and has a cute Gallery on the property and has loads of character. Its probably not my top cafe for food but definitely for convenience, the beautiful garden and a good coffee.
This is a trendy little cafe with a different from the norm food menu. A must try is their chicken waffles! Delicious!! Good coffees too! One of my top cafe's!
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Storehouse
14 Runanga St
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This is a trendy little cafe with a different from the norm food menu. A must try is their chicken waffles! Delicious!! Good coffees too! One of my top cafe's!
This is a great spot for a drink and tapas type food. Cozy and has a great atmosphere. It used to be a wine merchant and bar so they definitely know their wines and craft beers. Main meals are good but a little pricey. They are also open for lunch. My spot for a drink and a relax in front of the fire.
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Vine Eatery & Bar
37 Tuwharetoa St
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This is a great spot for a drink and tapas type food. Cozy and has a great atmosphere. It used to be a wine merchant and bar so they definitely know their wines and craft beers. Main meals are good but a little pricey. They are also open for lunch. My spot for a drink and a relax in front of the fire.
A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch.
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Plateau Bar + Eatery
64 Tuwharetoa St
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A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch.
This cafe is situated on the outskirts of town. We started this little cafe in 2015 and only sold it a year ago. The Ginger bread brioche is a must try as well as their pork steamed buns. There is lots of parking around the cafe as well as their own parking around the back. Nice garden to sit in and a great veiw of the lake inside. It is open breakfast and lunch.
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Spoon & Paddle
101 Heuheu St
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This cafe is situated on the outskirts of town. We started this little cafe in 2015 and only sold it a year ago. The Ginger bread brioche is a must try as well as their pork steamed buns. There is lots of parking around the cafe as well as their own parking around the back. Nice garden to sit in and a great veiw of the lake inside. It is open breakfast and lunch.
My Favourite Activities
Canoe and Kayak do guided trips on the lake to the famous Maori carvings. This gets you up close to the carving and is stunning on a sunny day. Well worth it. They also do a shorter trip on the Waikato river. It is more of a relaxed float trip where they stop at the natural hot pools for a soak. They are both worth it.
Canoe and Kayak Taupo
54 Spa Rd
Canoe and Kayak do guided trips on the lake to the famous Maori carvings. This gets you up close to the carving and is stunning on a sunny day. Well worth it. They also do a shorter trip on the Waikato river. It is more of a relaxed float trip where they stop at the natural hot pools for a soak. They are both worth it.
This is a awesome bungy jump if you are looking to do this in NZ.
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Taupo Bungy
202 Spa Rd
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This is a awesome bungy jump if you are looking to do this in NZ.
Lake taupo has the most amazing view from above! T.T.S (Taupo Tandem Skydiving) is a great way to get to see this. Definitely a must if you love this kind of thing. It is a little expensive but so much fun.
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Taupo Tandem Skydiving
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Lake taupo has the most amazing view from above! T.T.S (Taupo Tandem Skydiving) is a great way to get to see this. Definitely a must if you love this kind of thing. It is a little expensive but so much fun.
This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.
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Spa Thermal Park
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This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.
We live only minutes away from this amazing bay. In summer its the best place to swim, paddleboard and kayak. It is also great to just take a blanket and a book down there to chill. Remember to take sand fly repellent and in summer an unbrella is a added bonus. There is also the famous W2K track that starts here for both walking and mountain biking.
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Whakaipo Bay
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We live only minutes away from this amazing bay. In summer its the best place to swim, paddleboard and kayak. It is also great to just take a blanket and a book down there to chill. Remember to take sand fly repellent and in summer an unbrella is a added bonus. There is also the famous W2K track that starts here for both walking and mountain biking.
Park your car at the Rangatira Point Track. It is an easy walk that winds through native bush along the lake edge to Whakamoenga Point, offering fantastic views and great picnic, swimming and fishing spots. My favourite spot for a sundowner and a little picnic.
Whakamoenga Point
Park your car at the Rangatira Point Track. It is an easy walk that winds through native bush along the lake edge to Whakamoenga Point, offering fantastic views and great picnic, swimming and fishing spots. My favourite spot for a sundowner and a little picnic.
You get to go on some really awesome rapids on a very fast jet boat. Experienced guides and a very picturesque ride.
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Rapids Jet
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You get to go on some really awesome rapids on a very fast jet boat. Experienced guides and a very picturesque ride.
Is a must do in Taupo! Such a huge mass of beautiful blue water rushing over a incredible waterfall. There are also walking/running/mountain bike tracks in all directions from here. I have always loved running along these awsome tracks.
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Huka Falls
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Is a must do in Taupo! Such a huge mass of beautiful blue water rushing over a incredible waterfall. There are also walking/running/mountain bike tracks in all directions from here. I have always loved running along these awsome tracks.
Cute little spot to visit on a rainy day. The honey Hive experience offers free honey, mead and liqueur tastings, live beehive viewings and fascinating interactive displays. At Café Hive@65, enjoy delicious gourmet ice creams, hot and cold drinks and a great range of divine sweet treats.
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Huka Honey Hive
65 Karetoto Rd
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Cute little spot to visit on a rainy day. The honey Hive experience offers free honey, mead and liqueur tastings, live beehive viewings and fascinating interactive displays. At Café Hive@65, enjoy delicious gourmet ice creams, hot and cold drinks and a great range of divine sweet treats.
A nice place to visit on a rainy/wet day. World class glass blowing artist based in Taupo. Such beautiful work.
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Lava Glass Blowing Studio
165 State Highway 5
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A nice place to visit on a rainy/wet day. World class glass blowing artist based in Taupo. Such beautiful work.