December 22, 2021
Speeding through the Aratiatia and Nga Awa Purua Rapids is guaranteed to work up an appetite! Satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst with a delicious feed at one of our favourite Taupō bars and eateries. Wind down after your thrilling adventure and share some laughs with friends over a burger and beer, for the perfect post-jetboat fix.
Situated in a central and convenient spot with prime lake views in the heart of Taupō’s CBD, Pub n Grub is consistently described by locals and visitors alike as cooking up “the best pub food in Taupō” – and for good reason! One bite of the Chicken Burger, with its heavenly buttermilk-fried chicken fillet offset by the tang of buffalo sauce, will have you saying the same. Wash it down with a cold one, and you’ve got dinner made right. And regardless of what you order, like their just-as-scrumptious juicy Steak Sandwich, the stunning vista of the lake alone is worth stopping by for a meal at sunset.
4 Roberts Street, Taupō
Run by two brothers, Pauly’s Diner is a small but mighty burger shop with a perfectly curated menu that will make choosing what to eat really hard. Try one of their classic gourmet burgers or the ever-changing burger special if you are feeling adventurous, whilst sharing a basket of southern-style fried chicken and sipping on a cold shake.
3 Paora Hapi Street, Taupō
Enjoy mountain views across the lake as you feast on a hearty meal at Dixie Browns. With great food, impeccable service and a lively atmosphere, it’s an ideal spot to reminisce over the day’s memories. Open from 6am-10pm, their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are full of much-loved favourites as well as lighter options.
38 Roberts St, Taupō
Recently remodelled with a fresh new look, Finns is a favourite amongst locals for its relaxed atmosphere and top-notch service. The pub-style menu features all the classics as well as speciality pizzas. Dine inside or soak up the sunshine in the outdoor beer garden with a cold brew in hand. Local Lakeman Beers are on tap as well as a large selection of craft beers, lagers, and ciders, the perfect cool down after turning up the heat at Rapids Jet.
10 Tuwharetoa St, Taupō
Grab a table right above the brewery and enjoy local beers and refreshing ciders from the Crafty Trout Brewery! Sip your way through their beer menu with a tasting rack of either 4 or 9 different beers, perfect to share with your mates. Their ciders or cocktails are an awesome alternative if you’re not a beer fan, and their alpine-crafted cold-smoked ginger beer is a great non-alcoholic option. Enjoy a bite to eat too with an extensive bar snack menu, or fill up with a loaded schnitzel or burger of the day.
Address: 133 Tongariro Street, Taupō
The sun’s out, so unwind and soak up the panoramic views of Lake Taupō on The Deck Bar and Eatery’s balcony. Try the locally brewed Lakeman beer, indulge on tasty burgers and continue the fun with free board games and pool tables. The Deck is the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon as your adrenaline high slowly starts to wear off.
Address: 5 Tongariro Street, Taupō
No matter where you decide to fuel up after a fast-paced Rapids Jet experience, Taupō’s fantastic restaurants and breweries will bring everyone together over delicious local cuisine. Share some favourite moments and special highlights of your ride with your mates over a meal and cold brew, and start planning your next adventure!