Cafes Worth The Road-Trip

Cadillac Cafe

Journey back in time with Cadillac Cafe. This retro themed cafe is full of charm, intrigue, great food and beverages. Their famous signature 'cruffin' is a mouth-watering treat so good you'll be an instant fan! For something a little more special try the high tea. Find out more about Cadillac Cafe.


L'Arte is a unique mosaic cafe surrounded by an awesome mosaic garden oasis. Without a doubt a cafe with a unique mosaic twist! L'Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden is full of a diverse range of art all created by New Zealand artists. Resident clay and mosaic artist Judi Brennan sells her own individual art exclusively from L'Art. Find out more about L'Arte here.

Lava Glass

Lava Glass, Glass Blowing Studio, Gallery and Cafe offers a unique opportunity to view the captivating process of Glass Blowing. Relax in our on-site Cafe where you can enjoy freshly made cakes, scones and slices or pick from the other delicious choices on the menu. Sit inside on comfortable couches, or outside on the sunny patio and take in the rural surroundings. Please also visit our Lava Glass Sculpture Garden, set in an acre of manicured grounds with more than 500 glass sculptures. Find out more about Lava Glass here.

2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre and Cafe

It's a great place to relax with a coffee or a delicious stone-oven pizza. 16ft keelers, catamarans, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddle board and rowboats are available for hire.

If dining at the lakefront isn't enough, how about dining on the lake? Located a short distance from Taupo Towncentre, hence the name 2 Mile Bay, the sailing centre offers panoramic views across Lake Taupo. Find out more about the 2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre and Cafe here.

Knoll Ridge Cafe

The top of the Waterfall Express Chairlift in Whakapapa Ski Area is where you’ll find the Knoll Ridge Café. Being the highest café in New Zealand, it’s a perfect place to have a tea or coffee, relax on the deck admiring the view and soak it all up. Alternatively, have lunch inside by one of the floor to ceiling windows, taking in the panoramic vista of The Pinnacles.

Knoll Ridge Cafe recently won the 'Best designed cafe in the world' when London-based design website Design Curial considered 4000 cafes from New York to Tokyo, before deciding to award the winner. Find out more about the Knoll Ridge Cafe here.

Creel Tackle House and Cafe, Turangi

This really is a hidden gem - blink and you could miss this tiny eatery tucked away behind a tackle shop. Serving the best pastries this side of France, scrumptious home-cooked food and a great range of drinks. There is also an eclectic mix of homewares and gifts for sale as well as fishing gear and tackle. Take a walk along the Tongariro River before popping in for a delicious breakfast or lunch. Find out more about Creel Cafe here.

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