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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
Taupo, New Zealand
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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Auckland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Although we have recently had lunch it had been some time since we had come for dinner and based on recent reviews were looking forward to our meal. It is currently mid winter and it is very dark at night. The car park was pitch black with no lights and also to the door of the restaurant was very dark.... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

We both had their stunning salmon dish. I'm not a big salmon fan but this dish was out of this world. Their mushroom soup and calamari entrees were fab and the lemon tart (we both had) was devine. And then their own wines! The Pinot '09 and the rose were great. We think the River is the best restaurant in... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We enquired at the Turangi Information Centre for a nice Restaurant that evening and we were absolutely delighted with their recommendation. We were in a group of 4 and all had a different main course. The mains served were Venison, Pork Belly, Scotch Fillet with Parmesan Crust and a Risotto. All the Mains were served simultaneously, all were hot and... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant and winery by our hosts at a local resort. It is a little off the beaten track just north of Turangi but the certificates on the wall indicate it is also a big favourite with Trip Advisor reviewers. The hostess was very obliging and gave us a number of wine samples from the local vineyard.... More

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