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River Restaurant and Vineyard

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Pizza, Contemporary, Diner, Healthy
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2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
07 3866 704
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and...
River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and Restaurant situated in a unique location of exceptional natural beauty on the edge of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage area the Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is recognized for it’s important Maori cultural association’s as well as its outstanding Volcanic features. Tongariro is one of only a handful of sites worldwide to be given dual World Heritage status. Situated a short walk to the Tongariro River and some of the best fly-fishing in New Zealand if not the world makes Tongariro River Estate unique, indeed the much loved River Wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are grown on the stony flats of the old Tongariro river bed and capture the essence of this truly beautiful area.
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    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden gem in the middle of heaven!

This spot is absolutely adorable - hidden down Grace Rd and tucked off another side road, make this a stop when you are in Turangi. Their wine is delicious and the menu is perfection. We had our wedding night dinner here (we eloped) and we left excited to come back soon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
AnneKemp
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Los Angeles, California, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This spot is absolutely adorable - hidden down Grace Rd and tucked off another side road, make this a stop when you are in Turangi. Their wine is delicious and the menu is perfection. We had our wedding night dinner here (we eloped) and we left excited to come back soon.

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Popped in over the weekend and was blown away by the food. I was so impressed and thought the French Toast was the best french toast I have eaten by far! My friends also thoroughly enjoyed their meals and couldn't compliment the food and service enough. I highly recommended this Restaurant if you are passing through Turangi anytime soon!!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

On our last night after a week in Turangi we had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant. To say the food was divine was an understatement! They didnt mind our noisy 9month old either who was teething slightly so a tad grumpy! The place was lovely & warm despite the freezing temperature there and the warmth of the waitress and... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Always Dine with some friends. Have been there 3 times already. Good Selection of wine and other drinks.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We have used River Restaurant for our business functions, lunches and dinners over the last 3 years. The customer service has been second to none, with the staff always willing and helpful to ensure we are well catered for. The food and River Wine are fantastic, the garlic bread, pizzas, mussels and chowder are superb!! A wonderful setting that is... More 

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Turangi, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Best chowder and mussels, soaked up with home made bread. Recently back from Europe and none of the seafood compared to these two dishes. Been many times and the food has been excellent.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The service and food were exceptional and the restaurant had a lovely warm atmosphere. It was the best dining experience we have had for years.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Beautiful food in a lovely setting. Our family of five all had delicious meals here. The food was one of the best meals we had on our 9 night stay on the north island. We highly recommend it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

As we entered this restaurant we were amazed by the scenery around and nice garden outside. We walked inside and it was a bit cold and the only source oh heating was a gas heater you would have in your lounge.. for somewhere so flash you would think there would be a better source of heating. After we ordered our... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We are here recently on a grab one voucher. We were extremely disappointed in the lack of interest with the staff when we asked for a heater to be turned on. This restaurant is extremely cold . The staff member tried to get the heater going which lasted for two minutes before it stopped. When told that it had stopped... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
  • Phone Number: 07 3866 704

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Contemporary, Diner, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

River Restaurant & Vineyard is a boutique family-owned Vineyard and Restaurant situated in a unique location of exceptional natural beauty on the edge of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage area the Tongariro National Park. The Tongariro National Park is recognized for it’s important Maori cultural association’s as well as its outstanding Volcanic features. Tongariro is one of only a handful of sites worldwide to be given dual World Heritage status. Situated a short walk to the Tongariro River and some of the best fly-fishing in New Zealand if not the world makes Tongariro River Estate unique, indeed the much loved River Wine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes are grown on the stony flats of the old Tongariro river bed and capture the essence of this truly beautiful area.

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