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All 3 Tongariro National Park Restaurants

Pihanga Cafe & T Bar

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

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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Went there with my brother and my teenage son. Good selection on menu at reasonable prices. We had a good range, from curry to steak to lamb shank. Cooked beautifully definitely recommend to all others. Lovely coffee to finish off the great meal

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York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We were staying at the chateau - and there is not much choice of places to eat, but we were happy to eat here all 3 evenings. The first night we did not have a reservation but they had a table. On the other 2 nights we called in as we arrived back at the hotel and booked for later.... More 

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Clinton, Mississippi
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Since we visited Tongariro National Park during the shoulder season, there were not many choices of restaurants open, but we didn't regret going to Pihanga. Our servers were very friendly and prompt, and my salmon was very well prepared. I'd definitely come back here!

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Taumarunui, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It was just lovely the Waitress was so friendly and obliging it she made the trip much more pleasant on a chilly day Lovely out doors and the interior is really cool with the Chairlift seats

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Western Australia, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The cafe/restaurant may not offer views or much atmosphere, but the good food, value and service make dining here worth it. We came here for dinner and had pork ribs with apple coleslaw, and rib eye steak with salad and chips. The servings were very generous, especially the pork ribs. The rib eye was cooked to our liking. Table service... More 

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Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Husband and I had a trip up the mountain and he recommended this cafe. Greeted by a lovely friendly and very attentive lady. I agree the decor is not up to much but the food made up for it. My only comment is we only got our drinks after we had received our meal but then the meals came out... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We.were looking forward to a lunch at the Chateau, on arrival we were told we could get a meal at the cafe around the corner, which is attached to the Chateau. First impression the decor was dated, we were greeted by a friendly waitress and could sit where we wished, unfortunately because of the window height you cannot take advantage... More 

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I have to admit the rather unimpressive look of the cafe might have had us going elsewhere, if there had been anywhere else to go. The cafe is located in a rather old and uninviting room of plain tables that rather lacks atmosphere. But the menu suggests hidden depths of creativity that were borne out when our food arrived. We... More 

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Raurimu, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I just popped into Pihanga for a coffee after finding that the other cafe in the Village had closed early (again) was was tempted into lunch after a quick glance at the menu. Everything about this place was slick and professional. I was seated immediately and reseated when I asked for a seat further from the door due to the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

After a long wait we received an undercooked lamb shank and a disastrous venison sausage which had more in common with a frankfurter made of gristle than a decent meal. If it had been incredibly cheap we could have understood the quality, but it was not that cheap by NZ standards. The staff seemed massively overworked and we also had... More 

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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
Cuisine: Contemporary

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