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All 15 Turangi Restaurants

River Restaurant and Vineyard

2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
07 3866 704
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Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Turangi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Diner, Pizza, Contemporary, Healthy
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

What a gem at the Taupo region!! We decided to check this place out on the way to Tongariro. A boutique family owned vineyard and serve their own grown pinot noir (and some pinot Gris). They serve brunch, lunch and dinner from 10am, the menu looks great, regretted that I already ate when I visited!!! The wines are pretty good,... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We dined here recently with newly found friends who were married by local celebrant Janeve Green. The meals were superb and the ambience and service really great. Highly recommend.

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Adelaide, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Not only did they take a last minute booking (for me, myself and I as I was traveling for work) and had a large table as a last minute booking too.....the food was outta this world! Being a vegetarian I had the only one on offer and I was not disappointed. Simply divine and if I could fit more in... More

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Taupo, New Zealand
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

1st time to this restaurant. Location easy to find. Pleasantly surprised. Glad we have some nice eating places close to where we live and not have to travel to Taupo. Not overly large and the atmosphere suited us. Looks like could be nice in the warmer months too with an outside deck/eating area with grounds that are closed in for... More

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Taupo, New Zealand
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

As my heading says A great place to eat on a nice summers day sitting on the outside deck over looking the grapes. Also great in the Winter as the hosts have the heaters going Highly recommended to all

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had lunch here during a weekend in Turangi..so delicious. I had a pumpkin soup which was very smooth and creamy, my husband and daughter had the fettucine but they really excelled in getting something for my son with food intolerances. He wanted the vegetarian burger option but there was cheese in the patty so they made him something else... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Loved the food really nice...well priced. If going to the area well worth a visit. We went at night with family and was lovely

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Taupo, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Enjoyed everything about this little Bistro. Atmosphere, ambiance, service and food was all the making of a perfect brunch. We will be back!

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Wellington, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We recently had lunch at River as a group. We walked in without a booking and as we were a rather large group (5 adults and 6 children) we were initially turned away. However there were outdoor tables available which we preferred as the children were able to play outside. We were warned meals would be a wait and they... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were visiting the area from Auckland and went with a voucher offer on Saturday evening. We were impressed with the restaurant as we entered, with the hostess, then by the lovely Soup of the Day (Cauliflower & Blue Cheese), beautiful mains of Venison and local Angus Steak, both tender and lovely desserts of white chocolate cake with raspberries and... More

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