Taupo’s lakeside setting is often enough to stimulate a big appetite and the town has plenty of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets to hasten a search for decent fish and chips.
To help identify the best fish and chips in New Zealand, we’ve drawn on many sources including which fryers have taken awards at the national Best Chip Shop competitions. These awards have run since 2006 and are a useful guide to identifying the best in the country and in each region.
Our guide to the best fish and chips in Taupo includes the following recommendations:
2 Mata Place, Kinloch, Taupo
The store is located on the lake front at Kinloch, a 20-minute drive around the lake from Taupo township. It includes a cafe offering burgers, wood-fired pizza as well as fish and chips. Highly commended in the Bay of Plenty section of the Best Chip Shop awards in 2013, the store took the Best Hospitality Business title at the 2013 Taupo Business Awards.
Off State Highway 1, 45 Charles Crescent, Taupo
Offers battered or crumbed fish with crisp chips. A recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
The Fish Box Restaurant
Shop 2, 3 Rainbow Drive, Taupo
An easy walk to the lake, you can easily take your fish and chips in the cardboard cartons to the nearby picnic tables.
Our guide to the best fish and chip shops in New Zealand
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