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Pihanga Cafe & T Bar

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State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
a good alternative dining option for hotel

Choice of food quite good, something to please any palate and servings large. The venue is a little basic but staff very good.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
TeePodd
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Sydney
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Sydney
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188 reviews 188 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Choice of food quite good, something to please any palate and servings large. The venue is a little basic but staff very good.

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Queensbury
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

It's average food, priced accordingly. Location excellent (adjacent to the Chateau). Service fine. But check your invoice before you sign off.

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Sydney, Australia
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39 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The cheaper of the two restaurants at the Chateau. Basic but honest food. The kumara gnocchi was a highlight.The service bodered on the comical at times but lent a friendly atmosphere in the end. Old photos of the Chateau with Ruapehu blowing its top in the back are great but the place is otherwise a bit dowdy. Possibly the best... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Certainly don't believe the online promotion of "delicious brunch or dinner" ... two out of the three meals we ordered were far from "delicious" ... and the other on par with the dated, grubby and tired environment and decor. And whilst one staff member achieved some degree of professionalism face with concern raised about under-cooked seafood - indifference generally reigned.... More 

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Melbourne
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Dinner here was very good and I particularly loved the old photos on the walls. The main area was noisy with a large group of women enjoying their dinner party but the helpful staff offered us to eat in the bar area, even closing the door between the dining room and the bar, and we enjoyed our evening.

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Wales
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203 reviews 203 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Not a huge choice on the menu but the food when it came was very good and there was plenty of it. service wasn't great, certainly not to the standard we have become used to in New Zealand

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Hastings, New Zealand
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133 reviews 133 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Food here is prepared in the same kitchen as the (far swankier) Chateau restaurants, and it shows. Whilst the selection isn't as wide you'll get a good sized serving of tasty food at a much better price, and the relaxed cafe atmosphere means you can feel right at home clonking round in your boots and jacket. Service is unfailingly friendly,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Casual dinning at its best, nice atmosphere, great menu, wonderful food and great staff. Had a great time.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I am not sure what the hamburger is made out of, but it certainly was nothing like ground sirloin. It is frustrating when you ask if a burger is homemade, the waiter replies 'yes, and you still end up with a mystery meat burger. And you pay $19 for it. My husband and I had burgers, and our friends had... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We had been looking forward to fish and chips for dinner after doing one of the walks in the National Park. Our waiting staff were ok, friendly enough and brought us lots of free cold water. We both ordered the Fishermans Basket, which was average. The batter was chewy and the oysters were only just ok. It was also far... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Tongariro National Park

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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