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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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95% Recommend
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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
3 reviews 3 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We dined at two "top" restaurants in Turangi, this was one of them. The service was pleasant, and definitely knew all about the wines this vineyard produces. On recommendation, we had a bottle of Pinot Noir 2008 which was excellent...(we also bought a bottle to take home!). I had the pork belly (very nice) and my husband had the aged... More

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Turangi, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I was part of a group of about 20 friends who visited to play petanque (unfortunately it was raining) and we had booked in for shared platters at $20 per person. The restaurant settling is nice, and the long table was nicely set. The platters were lean.I estimated the value to be about $5 per person. While we did not... More

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Bright, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A wonderful meal....truly! I was on a recent Fly Fishing trip (Mid March 2014) & a friend suggested we go (as it was my shout!). It was quiet on arrival, but a few more diners arrived after us. The meal was simply delicious, and the Pinot 2009 was delightful. A very full bodied Pinot which was a departure from other... More

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Weare, NH
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The food was very nicely presented and the local Taupo beef was excellent. Best meal we've had during our travels in NZ the past three weeks

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