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Pihanga Cafe & T Bar

$$ - $$$
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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Waikanae, New Zealand
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

the meal was lovely, the service great and not expensive for where we were. But the pudding was disappointing - no mention made of the odd strawberry sauce - think jam - all over the blueberry shortcake - if we were warned, we would have asked for it not to be there - but it just came with this odd... More 

Thank AnnetteRM2015
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this restaurant. High quality food with good variety. Service was excellent. Reasonably priced for where it is.

Thank kimz120
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The only good thing about this restaurant was the friendly waitress. Almost every table had a complaint about the food. Our steak sandwich was below average, chewy in places, the potato wedges were ok but clearly cooked from frozen. The worst part was the dessert of 'pihanga' sticky date pudding. How can you call this a sticky date pudding! Cold,... More 

1 Thank Jessica D
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Called in for diner tonight , menu uninspiring, specials choice poor. Cafe food , restaurant prices.

Thank andyjbale
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 March 2017

A relaxed setting, great for families and allcomers. Open from 11am thru the evening it offers a range of kiwi favorites and popular plates. Not a huge choice but this is a nice café.

Thank JRCLeG
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139 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Ate here on 1 occasion while staying at the Chateau. The cafe itself is pretty austere and lacks any atmosphere but our food was ok to good. Did the job but an uninspiring evening. With a bit more atmosphere or in the ski season it could be a lot better. Not quite a rating of 4

Thank Ron A
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ate here both nights that we stayed in Tongariro. We were staying at a nearby hotel but liked the look of the menu here better. Both nights, the food was amazing and the staff friendly. We both had the pasta of the day one night and the curry of the day the other night and found... More 

Thank Tanya F
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4 reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Dropped in for coffee and dessert. Their "Chocolate over Chocolate" dessert of the day was listed as Tiramisu. That should have been my first clue since Tiramisu doesn't have any chocolate in it. What I was serviced was a store bought chocolate Swiss roll with mediocre vanilla ice cream on the side.

Thank D S
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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203 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Because there are so few choices for lunch in the Whakapapa Village of Tongariro National Park, we stopped in for a quick lunch at the Pihanga Cafe. The menu choices were very limited so we opted for hamburgers. The food was 'okay,' but nothing note-worthy. The prices were relatively high for a simple lunch. I wish we had picked up... More 

Thank Greg B
New York City, New York
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101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Spent a delightful afternoon here after a hike and during a rainstorm. Service was attentive even though the place was crowded. Enjoyed the vegetable risotto. Felt the prices were on the higher end but reflective of the limited choices in the neighborhood.

Thank anouska c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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?