• Taupō’s Best Kept Secret: Brews and Burgers!

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.

Pub n Grub

Boasting the largest outdoor dining on the lakefront in Taupō’s CBD – Pub n Grub’s panoramic views, relaxed atmosphere and all-day upbeat music means it’s the perfect place to wind down after a fast-paced jet experience. Open 9 am till late (from 8:30 am on weekends), they offer a full and robust pub menu with all the favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner – so you’re sure to find something for everyone. Whether it’s burgers, juicy steaks, or platters to share with mates – washed down with a cold tap brew – Pub n Grub is sure to hit the spot!
4 Roberts Street, Taupō

Beer and chips and a burger at a local pub

Credit: Pub n Grub. Brews with views!

Pauly’s Diner

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 

Fried chicken burger from Paulys Diner

Credit: Pauly’s Diner – Southern Fried Chicken Burger with candied Jalapeños, grilled pineapple and more.

Dixie Browns

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 

Finns Gastro Pub & Beer Garden

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 

Deck with chairs and tv outside Finn's Taupo

Credit: Finns Taupo – The alfresco beer garden with big-screen entertainment.

Crafty Trout Brewery

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 

Selection of four beers lined up at the Crafty Trout Brewery

Credit: Crafty Trout Brewery – Beer Tasting Rack with 4 Crafty TROUT brews.

The Deck

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

Burgers at The Deck in Taupo

Credit: The Deck – Delicious burgers with amazing views over Lake 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!

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