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River Restaurant and Vineyard - CLOSED

2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
+64 7-386 6704
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (15 reviews)
“pinot noir” (18 reviews)
“the river” (22 reviews)
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European, New Zealand, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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2/134 Old Mill Lane | Grace Road, Turangi, Taupo 3382, Turangi, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

A bit hard to find if you don't know it's there, but well worth the 2 minute drive from the centre of Turangi. On a nice day it is a lovely place for lunch, sitting on the deck, or playing a game of outdoor chess...More

Thank LeroyBrown26
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Heard this gem was closing on 1st May 2016 so called to book for 30th April dinner. I last visited here over 2 years ago and was impressed then. Service and food were as good if not better than I remembered. The venison was excellent...More

Thank Marco P
Reviewed 4 April 2016

It was quiet the day we were there but the service and the food was excellent. I would have liked a little more for the price but you couldnt fault the quality. We had the house Rose with our meal which was pricey but gorgeous.

1  Thank ToTravel2Live
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Tasted their local wine. Their main dishes and desserts were well presented. Can recommend Belly Pork and Salmon dishes.

Thank 888WL888
Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

I visited the restaurant on a quiet Sunday evening. I was told one of the dishes on the menu was not available. I ordered venison only to be told this was off the menu too but the exact same dish was available with lamb! I...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

We booked here on our last night in Turangi hoping to have a nice last culinary memory. We achieved that. We sat outside on a nice evening and enjoyed some good (not great) food and good (not great) wine. We got what we wanted and...More

Thank Jon A
Reviewed 26 February 2016

The Lamb Shank was the best I have ever tasted, with a wide range of extras on the plate. The Lamb just melted in my mouth. The mint pesto was an original and tasty addition. It reflects the high level of talent in the kitchen....More

1  Thank philjefferies2015
Reviewed 26 February 2016

My first evening meal here spent with local friends. The Chief's signature dish ....Taupo Beef was historic. Busy Evening...but service was spot on with a smile. The Desert's were out of this world. If you are thinking of going...don 't delay.

1  Thank chriswright2015
Reviewed 17 February 2016

The restaurant was easy to find, had ample parking and was delightfully set in amongst the vines. The service was warm and friendly and we were given a seat inside the restaurant however there were outside dining options available. We had the choice of three...More

1  Thank David R
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Great find near lake Taupo a restraunt in the middle of a vineyard The cafe served great pizzas on a original pizza oven and a selection of other meals To accompany the food you can sample the local wine with comments from the owner A...More

Thank Ainscoughs
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Restaurant Details

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Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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: +64 7-386 6704
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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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