Cafes, Restaurants & Bars

Great places to eat and relax close to Discovery Lodge

Lakeland Cafe 

A 30 minute drive from Discovery Lodge. One of the best locations of a cafe anywhere in the central NI. Great food, a little pricey but highly recommended.

Phone 07 386 6442

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Bread, shrimps, fish plated at Lakeland Restaurant Tokaanu
Outside tables and chairs at Lakeland Restaurant Tokaanu looking across Lake Taupo to Waihi Village

Macrocarpa Cafe

5 minutes drive from Discovery Lodge. Great little cafe with plenty of energy. Suitable for everyone including kids.

Phone 07 892 2911

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Cup of coffee with coffee beans on a wooden table
Exterior of Macrocarpa Cafe at National Park Village

Schnapps Bar

5 minutes drive from Discovery Lodge. This is a very popular bar. Good solid bar food available. The service is always first class. Great place to watch the rugby. 

Phone 07 892 2788

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A lamb shank covered in gravy at Schnapps Bar National Park Village
The bar with country flags at Schnapps Bar National Park Village

Station Cafe

5 minutes drive from Discovery Lodge. A really pleasant atmosphere, located at the National Park train station with views of the Erua Forest. Neat place for everyone.

Phone 07 892 2881

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Tasty food at The Station Cafe National Park Village
Interior of The Station Cafe National Park Village

Ruapehu Room Restaurant

5 minutes drive from Discovery Lodge inside the Chateau. An award winning restaurant. Atmosphere is very classic and service is not always first class. 

Phone 07 892 3809

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A Ruapehu Room dessert
Interior of the Ruapehu Room at the Chateau Tongariro

Tussock Bar

5 minutes drive from Discovery Lodge. Great views of Mt Ngauruhoe from the outside deck. Food and service can be average at times. But I still recommend.

Phone 07 892 3809

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Tussock Bar burger
Tussock Bar Whakapapa interior

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