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Pihanga Cafe & T Bar

$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
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State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Jessica D
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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194 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 21 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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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The place has the charme of an old station restaurant with the grumpy waitress to go with. Food was of mediocre quality. Meet in the burger was of dog food standard. Salat leaves were brown! Chicken was ok, though.

Thank Armin M
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

As expected, the food caters to a wide variety of tastes. We found it bland but fair. The beef curry was more of a beef stew, hot and hearty. The club sandwich and fries were good. All in all, we enjoyed a good meal after all long hike.

Thank mokemo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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?