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US$12 - US$36
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Reviewed 27 April 2022

Went up the Sky Waka and had booked for lunch at Pinnacles. As we are now in Orange setting we were fortunate to experience their Buffet Lunch What a treat. Awesome variety and very delicious food and plenty of it. Wait staff were extremely friendly,...professional and efficient. we are so pleased we went.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 15 April 2022 via mobile

Excellent service (thanks Dawson), excellent food, excellent value for money. Would highly recommend visiting the restaurant after a ride up in the Sky Waka.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 12 February 2022

Had an awesome experience which started right from buying tickets to the Sky Waka to saying goodbye at the end. Dawson was amazing - nothing was too hard and was very professional. The food was OUTSTANDING - even yelled out to the Chef as the...lemon/ginger dessert was truly outstanding. Thank you for an incredible lunch!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 10 February 2022

Finished off our weekend after walking the Tongariro, with a drive up from the Chateau Hotel, to the Sky Waka gondola, and lunch at the Knoll Ridge. Excellent experience, with a buffet lunch for $25, with a short walk up to the snow before

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 29 January 2022

We were disappointed that the great buffet we've had in the past was not available due to the Red Alert being on the whole country. The person who looked after us for our lunch there was Dawson, who was absolutely wonderful. We had a problem...with one of the meals ordered, but Dawson resolved the issue in a professional and friendly way, and we left the restaurant feeling happy. Nothing was too much trouble for Dawson. We will definitely visit this restaurant when we next stay in the area, and hope that our server will be Dawson again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 25 January 2022

This is our second visit and it won't be our last. The restaurant staff are wonderful and so welcoming. We arrived with no booking (to just try our luck) and a celiac with strict dietary requirements. The chef (Ice) came out to meet me personally...and go over what she could safely prepare for me. She couldn't have been more helpful and was happy to go well over and above what I was expecting. The food was exceptionally yummy. Dawson was very helpful and took care of us throughout our lunch. Our 14 year old daughter said she felt like we were royalty from the level of service. Our whole family really enjoyed the food selection and the views of the restaurant. Everything was very clean and tidy. My only gripe would be their $10 upgrade charge per person to sit at a window table - we opted for a regular table. The staff are very happy and who wouldn't be working at the top of a mountain!!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 9 January 2022

Great food and exceptional service. Our waiter was extremely helpful and courteous. It is a buffet, so there is something there for everyone. There's also a good view. We took the Sky Waka to get up there which was fun too. Then there are lots...of hikes you can do while you are up there. Beautiful views!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 3 May 2021

On Saturday visited with friends and had the best buffet lunch ever. The food was outstanding. The staff were very accommodating, even received a drink on the house as it was my birthday week. Would highly recommend coming here when the buffet re opens next...season. However will visit again beforehand to try out the cafe whilst watching people ski. 10/10More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 25 April 2021 via mobile

Amazing buffet and great value with adults at $20 and kids up to 17 being $16. Food was delicious and views were stunning. Staff were attentive and Dawson was so great at accommodating us at the last minute. Treated us like 5 star guests. Absolutely...a must do!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 22 April 2021 via mobile

Fantastic buffet lunch over the summer months until the beginning of May. Highly recommend as the food was delicious, the service was excellent, and awesome value for money. Ride up in the gondola and check out the view.

Date of visit: April 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5