35 Lake Road, Rotorua, New Zealand Monday to Sunday 7.30am - 3.00pm | Closed on Public Holidays 07 349 4852

Welcometo our place

Third Place Cafe has one of the best views in town. Enjoy great food and company while overlooking Lake Rotorua and Saint Faiths Church in Ohinemutu Geothermal Maori Village.

We offer a spacious, bright café with a selection of seating options from couches, booths and tables making it an excellent place to catch up with friends, family or business colleagues. Take advantage of sunny weather in our outdoor patio, while enjoying the amazing view of Lake Rotorua.

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Do you have a group of ten or more people coming for breakfast or lunch? You can pre-order and we will have our chef begin cooking your food as soon as you arrive. Please fill out the dining-in order form here.

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We love what we do and our service is what sets us apart. We’re proud to be listed in the Lonely Planet guide, and of our delicious Mumble Jumble!

You can also check our reviews or leave one on TripAdvisor.

“A great location overlooking the lake at Rotorua. Indoor and outdoor seating allows you to sit and enjoy the beautiful view. Arrangement of seating allows for plenty of room between tables, and enables you to have (private) conversations.”
Rj M, Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand

“Great lunch with great lake view. Friendly welcoming restaurant with super lunch menu. Dessert options were wonderful. Indoor and outdoor seating. Small kids play area. Highly recommended.
Gary U

Friendlyand accessible

We have plenty of free parking right outside the cafe door.

The cafe has a child friendly kids area so you can enjoy the beautiful view and fantastic food in peace while the little ones play.

If you have a special occasion to celebrate or a place required to gather in memory, head to our functions page for more information or call us on 07 349 485.

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Checkout local artists

Local artists display art on the cafe walls. Current artists include Janet Keen mosaics, NZ Native bird series by Jyl Morrison, Cottage Flair Quilts, Corey Bennett native bird photography, Carol Payne original artwork with a maori theme, and Carolyn Bourke artist colourful paintings. All art pieces are available for sale.

Takea walk

After enjoying lunch, take a walk and discover some of Rotorua’s beautiful local attractions.

Our cafe looks out over the Māori village of Ohinemutu and it’s only a minute’s walk us. This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, who gifted the land on which the city of Rotorua was built. Ngati Whakaue is a sub-tribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which journeyed from the Pacific homeland of Hawaiiki to New Zealand around 1350AD. The location was chosen for its lakeside setting and abundant geothermal energy, used for cooking, bathing and heating.

Kuirau Park is New Zealand’s only geothermal public park and located a few hundred metres down the road from Third Place Cafe. It features:

  • beautiful gardens
  • a crater lake
  • mud pools
  • hot springs
  • free thermal foot baths
  • bbqs and picnic tables
  • children’s playground

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