Romantic winter dining

These intimate restaurants are the perfect places to wine, dine and spoil that special someone... or just yourself!

Edgewater Restaurant

The Edgewater Restaurant has one of the most scenic locations right on the edge of Lake Taupo. The retaurant has a long standing reputation as one of the best in the region, with award winning local and international cuisine. Find out more about Edgewater here

The Bistro

The Bistro produces simple, contemporary, New Zealand food with the freshest regional ingredients. Their moto is 'simple but nice' but the reality far exceeds that. The Bistro provides a European style dining experience at a price that the average Kiwi can afford. Find out more about The Bistro here.  

Plateau Restaurant and Bar

Plateau is an award winning restaurant popular with locals and visitor alike. They serve the finest New Zealand craft beers and Kiwi inspired food. Plateau's cuisine is inspired by fresh local produce and the finest ingredients New Zealand has to offer. Find out more about Plateau here.  

The Brantry

This award winning restaurant has built its reputation on top quality New Zealand cuisine. The delicious food, sophisticated wine list and surroundings of an original 1950s town house make for a unique dining experience. Find out more about The Brantry here.  

Vine Eatery

A locals favourite, Vine Eatery is the perfect place to enjoy a wine or whiskey by the fire or indulge in Mediterranean dishes. The extensive tapas menu is designed to be shared or choose from the full a-la-carte menu for a more traditional dining experience. Find out more about Vine Eatery here.

The Kinloch Club

The Kinloch Club is home to an 18-hole Signature Jack Nicklaus Golf Course - one of the top three in New Zealand.

The Lodge at Kinloch Club, 20 mins from Taupo town centre, offers a truly exceptional dining experience overlooking Lake Taupo. The restaurant uses nearly 100% organic, estate reared produce from the owner's nearby 2,000 hectare property. This allows diners to enjoy ‘Estate to Plate’ fare matched with the best wines from New Zealand and around the world.

The Clubhouse at The Kinloch Club also has a restaurant, offering more casual dining and a licensed bar. Find out more about The Kinloch Club here.

Chateau Tongariro

Relax over a high tea, a drink or meal amongst the timeless elegance of Chateau Tongariro. Located within Whakapapa Village at the base of the ski area, the building was constructed in 1929. The views of the mountains of the Tongariro National Park are stunning. This charming hotel is definitely a must visit on your trip to the Central North Island of New Zealand. Find out more about Chateau Tongariro here.

Tongariro Lodge

This authentic fishing lodge has oodles of New Zealand charm. Situated on the banks of the legendary Tongariro River on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. You can lounge by their open fires with a drink or indulge in one of their delicious winter dining options. Find out more about Tongariro Lodge here.

Lakeland House Restaurant

This restaurant is nestled by the southern shores of Lake Taupo at Tokannu. You'll find excellent food, service, atmosphere and views. Call in for dinner, lunch, a platter and wine or just a coffee and cake on your way to or from the ski mountains. Find out more about Lakeland House here.