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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 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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New Zealand
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This restaurant is on the ground floor of the Chateau hotel. Offers a wide range of food. Has a very good level of service. It can get very busy so bookings are recommended.

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Auckland
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Dreary, dull, and terrible food. This is a shocking example of kiwi tourism. They need to sort this out if they want to compete on a national basis.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited the mountain on a day the Bruce road was closed so the Chateau was busy as was the cafes around it. However the staff member in the café was abrupt, sharp and unpleasant. I heard customers leaving and commenting on the unfriendly staff. In the bar part of the café, the staff person (1 only) was slow, didn't... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Stopped for lunch on way down the mountain. Asked what the pasta was and told "it's on the blackboard" (at the front facing the other way). The Maori lady who seemed to be in charge was cursing "f..." at the front counter. Had our drinks and then left without ordering food as the atmosphere was awful with all of that.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This place is a great little hidden cafe inside the hotel. The food was delicious, reasonably priced and the service was fantastic. Tanya (Supervisor) and James were friendly, funny and provided awesome service.This place is thumbs up and highly recommended! They also do a big delicious breakfast. James makes awesome coffee too!

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Sydney
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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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Wappingers Falls, New York
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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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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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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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  • 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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