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“Relaxed, cheerful, and friendly with great food”
Review of Floating Rock Cafe

Floating Rock Cafe
Ranked #11 of 23 Restaurants in Turangi
Cuisines: Healthy, New Zealand
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Good for: View, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Floating Rock Cafe/Winery is situated on the banks of the Kuratau River in the South Western corner of Lake Taupo. The Cafe is open for business 10am till 4pm during school and public holidays or by appointment. When open we serve delicious thin crust pizzas cooked in our new wood fired oven on decks above our boutique vineyard with expansive views down the beautiful river valley and of the ranges beyond.The property has two luxuriously appointed chalets within the vineyard which are available for rental (see bookabach listing numbers 4916 and 4917 for further details.4500 Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes provide the juice for our award winning single vineyard wines. All wines are available for tastings and sale at the Cafe.You definately won't be disappointed in a trip to our place!
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
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“Relaxed, cheerful, and friendly with great food”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

The range of food was confined to pizza and sides or cookies. These were fresh and tasty. The setting was elevated and provided a commanding view over the vineyard and environs. Very informal and relaxing - high recommended if you are looking for something nice and casual. Longer opening hours would be nice.

  • Visited March 2013
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Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lovely cafe set amongst their own vines with wood fired pizza oven”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary weekend with family at Pukawa Bay on Lake Taupo. For Saturday lunch we booked virtually the entire restaurant putting tables together on the decking by the pizza oven for our party of 21. The weather was great and we had a brilliant very relaxed 3 hour lunch. The children were able to wander around in safety and so the parents could relax. We had 2 of every pizza they did fresh from the oven with some fish bites, wedges and breads. They have good puddings too. Our drinks included some delightful bottles of their own Kuratau wines of which the sparkling rose was the best, It could not have gone better. Many thanks to Will Shirer and his small team.

  • Visited February 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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“A tiny piece of paradise”
Reviewed 14 February 2013

Again visiting the team at floating rock cafe delivers a great result. The service and food match the location. It's a wonderful piece of paradise. Well worth the visit

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11 reviews
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“A little piece of kiwi heaven”
Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

We've stayed at Floating Rock / Kuratau River Wines three times and can't wait to come back again. The chalets in the vineyard are peaceful and beautifully appointed. They're spacious and comfortable.

It's great to borrow the kayaks and float down the Kuratau river to Lake Taupo.

The food at the cafe is delicious and the wood fired pizzas are certainly worth a visit. Their wine isn't well known but it should be. The pinky hue fizz is lovely and the Pinot Gris a delight. Their superb and easy drinking Pinot noir works very well with all of their pizzas.

Stay here. Eat here. Try the wine.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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“A gem of a place”
Reviewed 6 January 2013

Great simple pizzas, amazing vista, lovely staff, fantastic very affordable wines. What more can you ask for. Feel very lucky to have Floating Rock so close by our Bach.

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