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The Landing Cafe

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1064B Tarawera Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
+64 7-362 8502
10:00 - 21:00
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Okanagan Falls, Canada
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Past the the lovely silver fern groves, I arrived at Lake Tarawera and an amazing little coffee shop appropriately called "The Landing". It seemed like thousands of little food joints I've seen along the shores of countless lakes and seas, but don't expect fish and chips! I had an excellent "clam" chowder made with mussels. I truly think it was... More 

Thank dflater2015
Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this by accident, however it's obviously well known and very popular. Small, but plenty of seating and it was great to be able to watch activity on the boat ramp. Good selection of wine and beer, great menu, very good value for money and the portion sizes are generous. We were there for lunch and didn't bother... More 

Thank Windyindy007
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Katikati, New Zealand
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you go to this café hungry as the servings are huge. Gorgeous setting looking over the lake. Booking is recommended as a very busy café.

Thank Millie W
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous spot for walking the dog, people & boat watching. The cafe has a spectacular backdrop. Our waitress today (red hair, glasses) was brilliant - very cheerful, very friendly and very efficient. The bread and delicious spreads to nibble on, with a glass of wine, while waiting for lunch to be cooked actually ended up being my... More 

Thank Carolyn S
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great little cafe on the edge of the green lake. Great views overlooking the boat ramp and out onto the lake and mountain around. The service at the cafe was to a high level with food being served quickly and efficiently. We sat out on the deck observing eating our delicious food, I had the rolls and... More 

Thank Bruce F
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

The best view. Reasonable prices, great service. Would definitely recommend coming here for a casual dinner. The kids pizzas are massive!

Thank smhill72
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135 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

A nice spot to drop by for a cheeky ice cream or delicious cafe food. All the staff are great and the view is amazing to boot.

Thank unicyclistjoe
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75 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We booked on a quiet Monday evening and had an early dinner. Asian spring rolls which we shared to start and then one chicken rolled and stuffed with mushrooms and a pork loin wrapped in bacon. The young lady serving us was pleasant, we chatted with the chef after and the views should please anyone. Not an over fussy place... More 

Thank Chris K
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Went in for dinner and was very disappointed. No greeting found a table which wasn't clean moved to another. Staff were going about their cleaning duties. All mops, buckets and cleaning equipment were behind the counter. Spray container on with the bar stuff.. The young man serving was very pleasant. My seafood chowder was very salty had to send it... More 

Thank Shazza1511
LandingCaf, Owner at The Landing Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking out time and reviewing us. Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent visit at our cafe. I cant believe what I am reading. I have been in this trade for almost 30 years. We do remember you coming in for early dinner on Sunday and ordering 2 Seafood Chowders, a bowl of Steak... More 

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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Location is everything, and in the case of The Landing Cafe, that couldn't be more accurate. If this cafe was anywhere else, I think it would struggle. It is all very average and priced on the high side. Seems they have a cornered market. Had lunch there, and while I will remember the scenery for years to come, the cafe... More 

Thank TheBigTravelBoss

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Cafe, New Zealand, Pizza, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1064B Tarawera Road | Lake Tarawera, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-362 8502
The Landing Cafe is situated on the edge of Lake Tarawera. It is the perfect place for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner.

We offer various types of cuisines that would suit everybody.

We are open 5 days a week from Wednesday-Sunday during Winter (May-September). Dinner bookings are essential during winter before 3pm.

We are open 7 days a week during Summer (October-April) from 10am.Booking is always recommended.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?