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Guidebook for Taupo

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Guidebook for Taupo

Food Scene
The atmosphere at Plateau is upbeat, warm and welcoming. A relaxing bar on one side, formal restaurant on the other and an enclosed outdoor dining space ideal for summer. Meet friends and have a few social drinks - stay and have dinner. The prices are reasonable and the service is great
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Plateau Bar + Eatery
64 Tuwharetoa St
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The atmosphere at Plateau is upbeat, warm and welcoming. A relaxing bar on one side, formal restaurant on the other and an enclosed outdoor dining space ideal for summer. Meet friends and have a few social drinks - stay and have dinner. The prices are reasonable and the service is great
Yummy food - good service. The place is always busy so it's a good sign that it's popularity is worth a visit. Get in early on the weekends for breakfast to secure your table!
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Dixie Brown's Restaurant
38 Roberts St
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Yummy food - good service. The place is always busy so it's a good sign that it's popularity is worth a visit. Get in early on the weekends for breakfast to secure your table!
Lone Star. Been to one, been to them all but still a popular eatery. Stunning location across from the lake with stunning mountain views
Lone Star Cafe & Bar
24 Roberts St
Lone Star. Been to one, been to them all but still a popular eatery. Stunning location across from the lake with stunning mountain views
Takeaway pizza just a short stroll from home
Pizza Hut Taupo (closed)
30 Tamamutu St
Takeaway pizza just a short stroll from home
Busy location. Good coffee and lovely food
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Victoria's Cafe Kitchen Bar
127 Tongariro St
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Busy location. Good coffee and lovely food
Another popular cafe with great food and coffee
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Piccolo Cafe
41 Ruapehu St
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Another popular cafe with great food and coffee
If you like mushrooms.... they're to die for!! Really nice food if you're lucky enough to find a free table
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Body Fuel Cafe
67 Tongariro Street
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If you like mushrooms.... they're to die for!! Really nice food if you're lucky enough to find a free table
Lovely food made on the premises. Not your ordinary cafe food - but delicious! Limited seating, situated at the back of the fishing tackle shop.
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Creel Tackle House & Cafe
189 Taupahi Rd
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Lovely food made on the premises. Not your ordinary cafe food - but delicious! Limited seating, situated at the back of the fishing tackle shop.
You won't find a more stunning location than this! Look out across the lawn to the lake's edge. Peaceful, sunny location. This place even has a boat ramp
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Lakeland House Restaurant
88 Waihi Rd
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You won't find a more stunning location than this! Look out across the lawn to the lake's edge. Peaceful, sunny location. This place even has a boat ramp
Great beer, lovely pizzas and a super rooftop location overlooking Tongariro North domain. Book yourself on a brewery tour
TroutSHOPPE - Crafty TROUT Brewery
133 Tongariro St
Great beer, lovely pizzas and a super rooftop location overlooking Tongariro North domain. Book yourself on a brewery tour
Fabulous service, great food. Also buffet lunch on weekends - good value for money
Incredible India Restaurant & Bar
19 Paora Hapi St
Fabulous service, great food. Also buffet lunch on weekends - good value for money
Drinks & Nightlife
Such a stunning location, right opposite the lake. Situated on Lake Terrace, this is a very busy spot - ideal for having a few quiet drinks and watching the ever changing scenery
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Pub n Grub Taupo
4 Roberts Street
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Such a stunning location, right opposite the lake. Situated on Lake Terrace, this is a very busy spot - ideal for having a few quiet drinks and watching the ever changing scenery
Situated on Lake Terrace with stunning view of the lake and mountains. This is also a cafe by day, restaurant at night
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Jolly Good Fellows
76-80 Lake Terrace
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Situated on Lake Terrace with stunning view of the lake and mountains. This is also a cafe by day, restaurant at night
Actually a cafe/restaurant, Vine has an impressive array of wine in stock
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Vine Eatery & Bar
37 Tuwharetoa St
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Actually a cafe/restaurant, Vine has an impressive array of wine in stock
For the young at heart here is the local hang out. This bar boasts a dance floor and has live music outside on the deck most weekends. Good atmosphere
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Finn's Bistro and Beer Garden
10 Tuwharetoa St
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For the young at heart here is the local hang out. This bar boasts a dance floor and has live music outside on the deck most weekends. Good atmosphere
Entertainment & Activities
Movies and arcade entertainment
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Starlight Cinema Centre
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Movies and arcade entertainment
Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about local sights and activities - what's on.
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Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
30 Tongariro Street
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Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about local sights and activities - what's on.
For the daredevil in you. There is a bungy (a free dip in the river is optional!) or there is a swing
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Taupo Bungy
202 Spa Rd
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For the daredevil in you. There is a bungy (a free dip in the river is optional!) or there is a swing
Many great walks are in this region Be sure to check out weather conditions before you set off
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National Park
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Many great walks are in this region Be sure to check out weather conditions before you set off
This is great for both sightseers and thrill seekers. Be sure to dress warm and don't forget your sunglasses as the snow can be blinding!
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Whakapapa Skifield - Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
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This is great for both sightseers and thrill seekers. Be sure to dress warm and don't forget your sunglasses as the snow can be blinding!
Tepid pools both inside and outside. Also has slides
A C Baths Avenue
Tepid pools both inside and outside. Also has slides
Try your hand at mini golf. Stunning views to the lake and mountains
Taupo Mini Golf
11 Northcroft St
Try your hand at mini golf. Stunning views to the lake and mountains
Sightseeing
Popular tourist spot with easy walking tracks
Huka Falls
Popular tourist spot with easy walking tracks
Parks & Nature
Lovely, quiet garden reserve that is maintained by volunteers. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds and take in the lovely views from up high
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Waipahihi Botanical Reserve
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Lovely, quiet garden reserve that is maintained by volunteers. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds and take in the lovely views from up high
This is where the majority of sporting events start or finish. Heaps of space and adjacent to the Saturday markets. Plenty of parking and near the I-Site and public library. Just a short walk to the kiddies park
Tongariro North Domain
This is where the majority of sporting events start or finish. Heaps of space and adjacent to the Saturday markets. Plenty of parking and near the I-Site and public library. Just a short walk to the kiddies park
Hot pools. Private pools are great, entry also allows you entry into the public pools afterwards. Free showers and you can rent lockers for your valuables. Located at the bottom of a very short, steep hill so a good level of fitness is required!!
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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
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Hot pools. Private pools are great, entry also allows you entry into the public pools afterwards. Free showers and you can rent lockers for your valuables. Located at the bottom of a very short, steep hill so a good level of fitness is required!!
Check that you have sufficient warm clothing and wet weather gear etc before you set off
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Ruapehu
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Check that you have sufficient warm clothing and wet weather gear etc before you set off
A short, steep, winding trail up through the bush to the top of Mt Tauhara. Fabulous views and well worth the hike. Good footwear and level of fitness required! This will take you less than 2 hours to stroll to the top
Mount Tauhara Car Park
94 Mountain Rd
A short, steep, winding trail up through the bush to the top of Mt Tauhara. Fabulous views and well worth the hike. Good footwear and level of fitness required! This will take you less than 2 hours to stroll to the top
Arts & Culture
Easy walking distance - under 10 minutes
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Taupo Museum
4 Story Place
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Easy walking distance - under 10 minutes
Glass sculptures hand blown on site - also have a cafe and a secret garden walk (small cost for the garden walk but worth it)
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Lava Glass Blowing Studio
165 State Highway 5
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Glass sculptures hand blown on site - also have a cafe and a secret garden walk (small cost for the garden walk but worth it)
Essentials
Very easy 4 minute walk from home. Open till late.
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PAK'nSAVE
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Very easy 4 minute walk from home. Open till late.