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Ruapehu Restaurant

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State Highway 48 | Bayview Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
0800.CHATEAU
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Overpriced with average food. Part of our meal was cooked vegetables and one of our servings had one small carrot on it whilst the other had four carrots - a bit inconsistent! Jus was outstanding though but meat was not medium rare and a bit overdone. Breakfast was too pricey for a buffet at $26 per person. Pleasant surroundings though... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I loved the room, the setting and the hotel. I have an issue where you pay top dollar only to be let down by the service and food quality. Our first night in the hotel we came to the Ruapehu room for dinner. There were only three other tables that were occupied so quite empty. Having to get up and... More 

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Thank nipitinthebud
Hamilton, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Was here for my Daughters 26th Birthday. Very nice. The Sunday Buffet lunch. Fantastic. Great views, food and the interior was amazing. Well worth the drive. Very reasonable price for the lunch also.

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Thank PaulANewman
Central Oregon, Oregon
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174 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinner in the restaurant was good. I had the swordfish entree (good). My steak was tender and cooked to perfection. I also had vegetables and potatoes, and sorbet for dessert, all good. Others at the table tried the pork belly (good), the salmon (one was good, but one was very mushy), and the pea soup was excellent. The breakfast selection... More 

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Thank walkalot4ever
Tokoroa, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently enjoyed having High Tea with a friend at the Chateau. On a perfect sunny day we enjoyed little sandwiches, scones with jam & cream, cheese cakes and the most delicious creme brulee. We could choose from a selection of teas or coffee. We sat in front of the huge picture windows with the mountain in full view, just... More 

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Thank terri54thomas
Auckland, New Zealand
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is nestled inside the very historic and beautiful Tongariro Chateau. Most of the service staff were Internationals, very friendly and chatty. The food was lovely, sizes not necessarily generous if you're hungry. Had my 8 year old nephew, the kids menu very standard and not very interesting. Either way, lovely to be in the Chateau.

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast was presented well with a good selection of fruits , health food and continental, the hot breakfast was a letdown. Plates in the warmer rack were cold. The food was tepid not hot and by the time you had plated and returned to your table everything was cold and uninviting. However the evening meal was brill had the chateau... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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315 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We turned up 10 mins before our reservation and got turned away, which was disappointing as it wasn't too early and we staying in hotel. Service when in restaurant was ok.. manager person checked us in and did not have sense of humour. However food was good! We both had the French onion soup and then the chateauibraud for dinner.... More 

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Thank Shelley B
Australia
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139 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eating here is a lot more about the location than about the food - 4 star food and 5 star everything else. The food was good but it is the building, the multinational staff, the view, the decor, the fellow diners (in many cases walkers) and the atmosphere that make for a special evening. Although not cheap prices for this... More 

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tokyo
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is quick a treat of a place..Food not bad and nice mixed crowd. Dinner was good and overall more than expected. Its the best restaurant between Wellington and Taupo. We went here after 2 days of being angry about bad food in Turangi and nothing to do there but trout fish..It was good move with nice hiking, nice mountain... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 48 | Bayview Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Tongariro National Park  >  Whakapapa
  • Phone Number: 0800.CHATEAU

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?