Handpicked by a Rotorua Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Outdoor Dining In Rotorua'.

With the unique geothermal and lake setting of Rotorua, what better way to enjoy views than with an outdoor dining spot.  Rotorua has its fair share of restaurants with outdoor dining with lakefront, geothermal and town centre settings all featuring in our 'Best Rotoura Outdoor Dining' list.

Abracadabra Cafe and Bar

Abracadaba is set in a vintage 1940s house that offers two charismatic private rooms for meetings, parties or intimate experiences.  With a rustic bohemian feel, it's a cafe by day with a tropical Garden Bar to spend sunny afternoons relaxing in and operates as a restaurant and bar in the evenings. The lunch and dinner menu is influenced by moroccan and mexican dishes along with steak...

Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch offers flavoursome and innovative food using fresh and seasonal ingredients that whenever possible are sourced locally. The dinner menu has been designed to share, with a choice of plate sizes that allow a series of tastings including Edamame Beans with Sichuan Salt,  Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters with Carrot, Coriander, Coconut Salad and Tzatziki, Chorizo, Mozzarella Croquettes ...

Okere Falls Store

Located on the site of the old Okere Falls Store, this cafe breathed new life into the site in 2004 and is now known as New Zealand's best eco-friendly cafe. Opposite Lake Rotoiti with stunning views, the cafe serves breakfast and lunch options all designed with health and well-being in mind as well as a range of cabinet foods and smoothies. The store also stocks a range of organic produce...


CLOSED (NOW VENUE) Terrace Kitchen

Inspired by the Pink and White Terraces and the people who used to entertain visitors to them, Terrace Kitchen is a relaxed venue with a light filled space.  Capable of hosting from 30 up to 100 cocktail style, guests can expect a light-filled room, natural timbers, white marble, green leafy plants and a monochromatic colour palette spiked with subtle hues of pink. Enquire to host your ...

Regent Room Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

The chic and stylish award-winning Regent Room serves contemporary New Zealand cuisine including plates & tapas for sharing, along with a selection of desserts & cheeses. Overlooking the cascading water flowing into the hotel swimming pool, the courtyard is a perfect spot to dine during the warmer summer months, or simply to relax and enjoy a cocktail beside the pool.  In winter re...

Leonardo's Pure Italian

Leonardo's is a compact, family run restaurant situated on 'Eat Street'. Using the freshest ingredients, the menu offers a select choice of dishes which change on a regular basis. The menu offers traditional Italian fare where locally sourced ingredients and fresh food are the focus. Guests are even presented with a written card explaining where the restaurant sources their meats, cheese, fish ...


Lime Cafe

A contemporary eatery near Rotorua's lakefront, Lime Cafe offers unforgettable meals with a modern twist, served al fresco or indoors. Expect a bright, relaxing ambience with good service and great food.  Enjoy the extensive menu options, reputed barista coffees and a well-stocked cabinet of savouries and sweet treats. Lime Cafe is fully licenced and is the perfect spot for a memor...

Te Puia

Spectacular geothermal valley and home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, just five minutes from central Rotorua. Educational, interactive, and full of natural wonders. From the moment you pass through the impressive Waharoa (gateway) to Te Puia, and see the Te Heketanga-a-Rangi monument of 12 skyscraping posts, you know you're entering a special world. Geothermal Valle...

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