Best pies

Friday 29 June is New Zealand's National Pie Day. What better time of the year than winter to celebrate the joining of warm mouth-watering meat fillings and the finest baked pastry? Here's our picks of Great Lake Taupo's best pies.

Top 5 Pies in Great Lake Taupo

Fast & Fresh Bakery 

This relative new-comer to the Taupo pie scene has taken the town by storm. Their venison, mushroom, bacon and cheese pie won the 2017 NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Award, coming out on top of 5,696 entries judged. Definitely one to put on your tasting list! Find out more about Fast & Fresh Bakery here.

Paetiki Bakery

A Taupo icon, Lam and his team have been serving award winning pies to the good people of Taupo from the original store at Paetiki Shopping Centre for years. They recently opened a new cafe on Spa Road. With a dizzying array of filling choices, there is literally something for every pie lover here. They do a mean sausage roll too. Find out more at Paetiki Bakery here.

Turangi Bakery Cafe

This bakery is world-famous in Turangi for a reason. Their delicious baked treats never fail to deliver. A great stop off on the way to the mountain or for a well-deserved fishing break. Find out more about Turangi Bakery here.

Knoll Ridge Cafe

Perched on Whakapapa Ski Area with panoramic views of The Pinnacles, the ski field and the valley below, you can enjoy New Zealand's highest pie. What better way to take a break from skiing and snowboarding than with a steaming hot meat pie? Find out more about the Knoll Ridge Cafe here.

Mole & Chicken Restaurant & Bar

This Irish-inspired Guinness and steak pie with a salty touch of bacon is truly a gem. This cosy pub and restaurant in Taupo's Hilltop suburb is a great place to enjoy a relaxing family meal or watch the rugby with the locals. Find out more about the Mole & Chicken here.

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