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We’ve put together a list of the region’s must-visit food establishments for your culinary pleasure. The Great Lake Taupo Foodie Trail takes in everything from cosy cafes to silver service restaurants and everything in between.
Taupo’s geothermal water and the beautiful Lake Taupo add an interesting spin to some of the food being produced in this town, and the Great Lake Taupo Foodie Trail will take you to some of these places.
Huka Prawn Park is the only place in the world where you can eat prawns grown in geothermally-heated water, and you can fish for your own prawns! Their Riverside Restaurant serves a mouth-watering selection of prawn and non-prawn dishes which you can choose to eat outside next to the beautiful green waters of the Waikato River, or inside the restaurant.
Lake Taupo produces some of the best trout in the world. Because the Taupo Trout Fishery is not a commercial fishery, you won’t find trout served in restaurants, however you can catch your own trout (see guided fishing tours) and take it to Plateau Bar and Eatery where the chef will cook it for you. This has to be one of the most satisfying eating experiences you could have!
As you make your way through the Great Lake Taupo Foodie Trail, you’ll discover Replete Café, one of Taupo’s most iconic cafes. Replete has been making customers happy for over 20 years, and their famous Ruru slice has been around for that long too. Replete also has a stunning homeware store where you can stock up on goodies before you leave.
If you enjoy discovering new cafes, you must visit The Storehouse. This café and bar has been described as ‘hipster heaven’ and when you walk in the door you’ll see why. The light and airy space with an industrial edge also deals in homeware and furniture, creating an environment that’s perfect for relaxing with a cup of Kokako coffee and some of their self-described soul food. From pulled-pork sliders to fried chicken waffles and raw food goodness, The Storehouse is making waves on the café scene in Taupo.
When you’re visiting a new town, it’s always good to find somewhere friendly and comfortable to relax in the evening, enjoying fresh local produce and the best of local hospitality. You’ll find restaurants that meet all of these criteria on the Great Lake Taupo Foodie Trail. The Bistro in Taupo’s town centre serves fresh regional produce, including Taupo’s own brand of beef, in a contemporary New Zealand style. The Foodie Trail also takes you to a vineyard restaurant in Turangi, the River Vineyard and Restaurant, where you can try the locally grown River Wine Pinot Noir and dishes such as braised beef cheeks and seared venison. An evening trip to Mangakino is well worth your while to experience the delicious food served at the Hui Hut Bar and Eatery. The Hui Hut serves the very popular seafood platter, venison pies and homemade gourmet beef burgers, as well as much talked-about steak meals and Atlas coffee.
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