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Tarawera Landing

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Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8502
10:00 - 21:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice spot to drop by for a cheeky ice cream or delicious cafe food. All the staff are great and the view is amazing to boot.

Thank unicyclistjoe
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53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked on a quiet Monday evening and had an early dinner. Asian spring rolls which we shared to start and then one chicken rolled and stuffed with mushrooms and a pork loin wrapped in bacon. The young lady serving us was pleasant, we chatted with the chef after and the views should please anyone. Not an over fussy place... More 

Thank Chris K
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Went in for dinner and was very disappointed. No greeting found a table which wasn't clean moved to another. Staff were going about their cleaning duties. All mops, buckets and cleaning equipment were behind the counter. Spray container on with the bar stuff.. The young man serving was very pleasant. My seafood chowder was very salty had to send it... More 

Thank Shazza1511
LandingCaf, Owner at Tarawera Landing, responded to this review

Thank you for taking out time and reviewing us. Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent visit at our cafe. I cant believe what I am reading. I have been in this trade for almost 30 years. We do remember you coming in for early dinner on Sunday and ordering 2 Seafood Chowders, a bowl of Steak... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Location is everything, and in the case of The Landing Cafe, that couldn't be more accurate. If this cafe was anywhere else, I think it would struggle. It is all very average and priced on the high side. Seems they have a cornered market. Had lunch there, and while I will remember the scenery for years to come, the cafe... More 

Thank TheBigTravelBoss
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71 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Delicious food and staff very friendly and attentive. Beautiful view of lake and people fishing and out swimming.

Thank LisaBrickell
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74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We ate here while on holiday. We spotted the specials on a board outside when stopping for an ice cream and were tempted to go back there to eat. What a good decision that was. The service was friendly and cheerful and the food delicious. I had trevally and my husband had lamb. Both were perfectly cooked. We returned the... More 

2 Thank Lucy3Guildford
Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Off the beaten tourist track this gem was a delightful part of our tour of the area. Recommended by Elite Limosines are part of our day tour of Rotorua. Lovely drive there and back. Easy parking. The food was generous and tasty.

Thank LizzieSmiles
Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Not in the way you might think, My husband and I, go out to Tarawera to have a drink and score th eboats being launched and landed, quite a fun thing to watch. This time I was the entertainment, in that I tripped and fell. The staff where wonderful in their care and attention for me. I can say no... More 

Thank alison s
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We went for an evening meal. My mushroom soup was tasteless and watery and I sent it back and ordered pate to replace it which was okay but not tasty. My husband's fish, chips and salad was unmemorable and considering the price was not good value. The service was not professional but okay and when paying, they did not charge... More 

1 Thank Rosie B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a cute little cafe but I would not recommend anyone to eat here. The woman taking orders rolled her eyes at me when I asked if they had milk (for my toddler) and said that it wasn't on the menu but she would just charge me for it. I was fine with being charged and would have been... More 

Thank Melissa L
LandingCaf, Owner at Tarawera Landing, responded to this review

Hello Melissa, We are deeply saddened to hear about your experience at the Landing cafe. We do know who the young lady serving you was. The young lady has worked with us for over a year now. I did have the opportunity to lay her off but I let my heart rule my head as this young lady has got... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-362 8502

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?