Taumarunui Food Guide: 9 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Taumarunui

March 12, 2018 Karren Gelb

Taumarunui is a small town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand. It is on an alluvial plain set within rugged terrain on the upper reaches of the Whanganui River, 65 km south of Te Kuiti and 55 km west of Turangi. It is under the jurisdiction of Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui Region.
Things to do in Taumarunui

1. Taumarunui RSA Club Restaurant

24 Marae Street | Waikato, Taumarunui 2600, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Bar, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +64 7-895 7517
Excellent
36%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 117 reviews

Taumarunui RSA Club Restaurant

Reviewed By Reynard1 - Auckland, New Zealand

We ate here while in the area for the start of the rail trail journey. It was recommended and we were not disappointed. Excellent service and great food. All visitors are welcome. Would certainly call again when in the area.

2. Lauren's Lavender Farm

River Rd | Rd1, Taumarunui, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +64 7-896 8705
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Lauren's Lavender Farm

Reviewed By kinx81 - Vancouver Island, British Columbia

We visited on Labour Day (yesterday) and the woman working was so friendly, welcoming and cheerful. She made conversation in an effort to get to know us and we were just stopped for a quick coffee, chai and a muffin before finishing the Forgotten World Hwy drive. Lots of indoor and outdoor Seating and could accommodate large groups. Beautiful Gardens around, and located beside the river.
We were told to be sure to come back in January for the best viewing of the lavender fields in bloom. The attached gift shop has a nice assortment of their lavender products such as moisturizer, candles, bars of soap, foot scrub, lip balm, bath salts, etc. I LOVE the smell of lavender so I purchased the moisturizer for $25.
Clean toilets with lavender hand soap (of course!). We most certainly will return when in the Taumaranui area!

3. Jasmine's Cafe & Thai Restaurant

43 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +64 7-895 5822
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Jasmine's Cafe & Thai Restaurant

Reviewed By martinaud37

Great food and drink at a reasonable price. Plenty of parking nearby. Friendly staff. Good range of food and drink. Definitely will drop in when I go past next time.

4. The Training Cafe

25 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920, New Zealand Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Steakhouse, Pizza, Fast Food, British, Healthy Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +64 7-895 7541
Excellent
44%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

The Training Cafe

Reviewed By ColoradoHighlander - Denver, Colorado

Stopped here for breakfast before leaving town as it was close to the hotel. Ordered straightaway and sat down. Only one other customer there. Food and service were both mediocre. It's hard to stuff up bacon and eggs. Realized before leaving that this is a cafe with a religious Mission. I would not eat here again.

5. Golden Kiwi

2 Marae Street, Taumarunui 3946, New Zealand Takeout New Zealand, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch +64 7-895 7230
Excellent
51%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Golden Kiwi

Reviewed By Susan H - Kerikeri, New Zealand

This is a takeaway and not sit down restaurant. Had a mixed bag of food. Mostly acceptable. Must depend on who's cooking. Fresh fish comes in on a Thursday so depending on what fish available. Sonetimes snapper or blue cod. Worst visit the chips soggy and batter not great. Last visit a week ago and delicious gurnard oysters and chips which were crunchy. Home made chips so all different sizes and nice if cooked crunchy and not soggy prices reasonable.

6. Mini India

123 Hakiaha Street | Manawatu-Wanganui, Taumarunui 3920, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch HK$31 - HK$102 +64 7-895 7770
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Mini India

The destination where authentic Indian food blends with modern style, to achieve excellence in food definition. We have gluten free, Dairy Free and Vegan Option available in the restaurant

Reviewed By platypus150 - Melbourne, Australia

I found the staff concerned that I had a good meal and that I got what I asked for. I ordered Onion Bhaji, Beef Vindaloo, garlic Naan and rice. There was a bit of discussion on whether I wanted Western "hot" or Indian hot. I got the meal how hot I wanted. The prices were very good and the food of good quality. I thought the Bhaji to be a little burnt, but everything else was just right. The wine list was varied and inexpensive by the glass and bottle. I would have preferred of a higher quality. It is worth comjng back to, given the variety of dishes, including a wide vegetarian choice.

7. Zar'z Cafe

111 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch +64 7-895 8666
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Zar'z Cafe

Reviewed By Jennie F - Greater Wellington, New Zealand

Fantastic Breakfast
5 People for breakfast early in the morning could worry some people but the staff coped very well with serving us.
Breakfast was lovely. all having different cooked breakfasts were perfect, eggs soft and tasty. Bacon crispy , when you ask for crispy bacon - it is nice to get crispy bacon
Nothing was to much for the lovely guy serving
we could change eggs for hash browns, tomato for anything you wanted
would go there again.

8. Copper Tree Cafe

75 Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui 3920, New Zealand Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$181 +64 7-896 7585
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Copper Tree Cafe

Copper Tree Cafe aims to deliver fresh and tasty, quality food with great coffee, and excellent service. The blackboard menu caters for the hungry with breakfast/ brunch and lunch options. Cabinet food is made fresh daily, on-site, with something for everyone - including gluten-free options. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9am, with dinners on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights from 6pm.

Reviewed By TontoNZ - Palmerston North, New Zealand

The food here was tasty but the choices were limited by the fact that we went for lunch after 2.30pm, when the blackboard menu items were no longer available and there was only counter food, so hardly fair to criticize.

9. Arcade Cafe

no 10/101 Hakiaha st, Taumarunui 3994, New Zealand Fast Food HK$16 - HK$86 +64 7-896 7988
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Arcade Cafe

Sit down or take away child friendly roomy cafe food made fresh on the premises every day

Reviewed By Judith H

This cafe has a simple menu but if you want something different, just ask. The food is well cooked and delicious and the staff are efficient and friendly.

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