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Pihanga Cafe & T Bar

State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible12%
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“pasta” (8 reviews)
“lamb shank” (6 reviews)
“curry” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
State Highway 48 | Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A not so inexpensive alternative to the restaurant and buffet upstairs. The menu is expensive for what you get and limited, with few alternatives for those who do not eat meat. We did buy a veggie pizza for 28 NZD along with two milk shakes...More

Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Service was fast however the food was bland - I ordered the Vegetarian Laksa which didn't taste of anything. However the side salad was very nice.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a coffee but blonde lady wouldn’t acknowledge us, she looked up from her mobile but decided texting was more important. VERY frustrating as we were the only ones in.

Thank Anthonyfoodie
Reviewed 21 January 2018

My husband had the venison and stout pie and we had the pasta carbonara. The meals filled the hungry tummy, but that's all that can be said. Average taste, average atmosphere. Wouldn't rush to visit again. The only positives was being able to charge back...More

Thank aidsnang
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

We stayed at the Chateau and the menu at Pihanga was more to our liking than the more formal dining in the Ruapehu room. The service was excellent- friendly and prompt. I chose the linguine carbonara which was delicious and quite a large bowl of...More

Thank silverthreads101
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

well, staying in Whakapapa you have not a lot of choices, of of them is this restaurant|pub in the “chateau” downstairs. the atmosphere is like in a train satiation pub or better there is none. Staff is very friendly, at least when we stayed there,...More

Thank Karlh
Reviewed 3 December 2017

I was wanting a light meal and as the "All Day Breakfast" Cafe opposite closed at 12.30pm I had no choice but to try out the Pihanga Cafe, as it is the only cafe at the Chateau Tongariro. Inside the staff were friendly, but were...More

1  Thank Slartybartfast58
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

The service staff were excellent, polite, courteous, attentive. The decor is OK but a little drab - I would suggest stripping the wallpaper & painting those areas in a nice white to contrast with the other features & colours in the room. Also to freshen,...More

Thank Katie S
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the Chateau Tongariro after a long drive and booked into their casual dining option, Pihanga, for 7.30pm. We were prompt. It was not busy. It took 10 minutes before our order was taken- not complicated - a burger and a stuffed pita...More

1  Thank Lacewing B
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We had dinner and drinks there the other night 23 October 2017. I had a burger, not too bad a little over cooked, pity they should make their own from local meat and add more onion, beetroot, carrot egg etc to make it a real...More

Thank holidayms
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Dinner, Brunch, 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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