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Pihanga Cafe & T Bar

Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
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State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Family group of 17 stuffed about and didn't organise anywhere for dinner. Chateaux staff sorted it out and got us in here and fed us. Excellent food and great service.

Thank stuartmJ2570AV
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place in town for a quick lunch , very nice people and great food. Go for the day's specials !!! The place is on the side of the chateau , you can't miss it. Parking is not a problem!

Thank Roberto R
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is in a side room of the Chateau Tongariro, which you can reach either by a labyrinth of corridors or by going outside the hotel towards the road. We ate most nights of our stay, and found the food to be excellent. In fact the food has improved a lot at the Chateau since we were there a few... More 

1 Thank PeterSandgate
gold coast
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very helpful and friendly waitresses. The food was delicious and it was very cosy and warm. Thank you.

Thank TravellingGoldCoast
Warriewood, Australia
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67 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Great little cafe buried in the depths of the old Chateau. Great soups! Good burgers too... Loved the chips. Good lunch stop over... Well priced and good coffee!

1 Thank nrmoz
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Warm and friendly staff. Coffees and hot chocolates were delicious but....seeing a pie warmer on one of the tables and cakes/ sandwiches in a fridge alongside $20 mains on a menu suggests there is a identity crisis. Lots of potential but not quite hitting the mark just yet.

Thank roxanek589
Whangarei, New Zealand
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163 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

The cafe is attached to and part of the Chateau Tongararo hotel although it is situated on the periphery and is accessible to all, and non residents of the hotel are welcomed. It has a good standard and selection of cakes and snacks and the staff are friendly and welcoming.

Thank Bernard R
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The Chateau Tongariro’s Pihanga Café provides good quality, pub-type food in a warm and bustling setting. However, it does pay to book, as it can get very busy – at any time of the year.

Thank MQandJC
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132 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

rather than eat in the hotel restaurant, we chose to eat in this less formal venue. Although we enjoyed the food and the service was good, the room ws let down by its decoration which gave the effect that you were eating in a old fashioned municipal building. It was so offputting ttah we wouldn't have eaten there again .

Thank WH56
York, United Kingdom
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44 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Theres not much to choose from food wise at the hotel - the Silver Service dining room, this cafe or the pub down the road that does burgers and pizzas. We chose the Pihanga - I was a bit let down by its location in the hotel - its a journey you have to go through several floors to get... More 

Thank Andi M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Tongariro National Park  >  Whakapapa

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?