Thursday: 11.30am-3pm | 5.30pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Friday: 11.30am-3pm | 5.30pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Saturday: Brunch 10.00am-11:30am | Lunch 11:30am-3pm | 5.00pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Sunday: Brunch 10.00am-11:30am | Lunch 11:30am-3pm
Closed: Mon 24th Dec - Sunday 30th Dec
Open: Monday 31st Jan for special New Years Eve dinner
Closed: Tuesday 1st Jan - Wednesday 2nd Jan
Resume regular trading hours from Thursday 3rd Jan
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Outdoor terrace
- Private Functions
- Vegetarian choice
- Well Behaved Children Welcome
- Corporate Events
About The Hunting Lodge
GROWN LOCALLY & EATEN SEASONALLY
Our philosophy is inspired by the seasons where the wine and food experience evolves throughout the year. With ambitions for a genuine pasture-to-plate approach, producing what we can onsite and sourcing local produce to round out our offering, we look to add extra bursts of flavour and colour to our plates by using the best ingredients when nature intends.
WE LOVE A GOOD STORY
While The Hunting Lodge building has seen its fair share of change over the years, it’s been a constant on the hosting scene, privy to many a yarn and special occasion. As a family hunting escape through to fine dining restaurant, The Hunting Lodge perhaps came to popular fame in the late 80’s and 90’s, where the long lunch turned into longer dinners and the helipad got a serious work out! Closing in 2011, it was then converted into the Matua Wines Cellar Door (under Treasury Wine Estate).
Since 2016, the latest chapter in this story features the Sutton family who have had a long history with the land after sharing many years here with the original vineyard owners, the Margan and Spence families. It was the Sutton’s vision for the homestead to return to its culinary past once more, working with award winning Executive Chef Des Harris to create a fresh dining experience that intends to have you feeling at ease, and made to be best enjoyed with good company.
Welcome to The Hunting Lodge, we look forward to hosting you for many occasions to come…
We had a wonderful time and our wait staff were very friendly and helpful. Thank you
Really good value for money
Excellent service and amazing food
I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch today at The Hunting Lodge, the food was flavorful and beautifully presented. The atmosphere of the restaurant is simply stunning with lovely and tasteful decor. Service was unfortunately very slow which meant that we had to wait an hour and a half for our main courses to arrive which wasn’t a great experience for a few people in our dining party.
Thanks Kirsty for taking the time to provide feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere. On behalf of The Hunting Lodge family, please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in serving your mains that day. We were unfortunately a little short staffed unexpectedly on Sunday which caused delays for some of our diners. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again in the near future and please don’t hesitate to raise any concerns you have directly with our Maître D on the day while still with us so she can resolve it appropriately.
Everything was perfect, can’t wait to go back again!
Third time I've been there and as usual great service and such a beautiful space.
An excellent evening. Wonderful food. A great staff from the very helpful lady who arranged our booking with me to the waiter who also was very personable and helpful. It was also great to talk Des Harris as we were leaving. The only criticism, a minor one, was that with several Xmas parties in full swing it was quite a noisy atmosphere.
The lamb was amazing - possibly the best lamb I've ever had - thank you so much.
A very pleasant experience and great value
Our second trip this year and it seems to be getting even better! The food was superb. Our party ordered three different main courses all of which were cooked beautifully. We will certainly be going back.
We absolutely adored our experience at the Hunting Lodge. A stunning location, and gorgeous ambiance. Thanks for hosting us. Katie
Very nice experience for my mum's 80th thank you, she did appreciate the cup-cake/candle surprise! My only comment is the accoustics, it was very busy on Saturday so VERY noisy. Probably not something you can address easily but is something you should know about.
Very generous portions. Excellent wait staff and excellent food. On par with the best of Waiheke! Worth the drive and will be back.
Everything was great. Our waiter was lovely. We just wished that when we asked for water, we had been given the option of tap water, rather than $10/bottle antipodes water. Will definitely be back again though!
We are Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Our serving staff are trained to offer tap, still or sparking water at the beginning of your dining experience. If tap water is chosen, there is no charge. We offer NZ Antipodes still and sparkling water which is $10 for 1L bottle. Apologies if there was a misunderstanding, we will reiterate with the team to ensure our customers are clear on what they are ordering. Thanks for taking the time to provide us feedback. As a family owned company, we are always looking at ways to improve.
Thanks for a great night.
Great food - will definitely come again
Thanks Tracey for taking the time to write this positive review, we look forward to hosting you again soon!
Excellent food and service specially surprisingly desert
Thank you so much for your great review!
Food and service were excellent. Would have been nice to have a table cloth.
Hi David, thanks for your review! We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.
Excellent service especially as I was pregnant they were very accomodating.
Thanks Avalon for your positive feedback! Great to hear you enjoyed your visit our restaurant team work hard to provide the best experience for all who visit.
Enjoyed a beautiful lunch for four adults and two young children. Great location and we appreciated the activity packs for the little ones. Great food and atmosphere.
Thanks for your positive review, we look forward to hosting you and your family again in the near future!
The staff were very friendly and understanding of our active toddler :)
Thanks Amy! I will be sure to pass on your praises to our fantastic service staff.
So great to be back. We love the renovations and the menu is spot on! Thanks.
Thanks Chris for this positive review!
Wednesday Locals night was an especially special night for us as our good mate turned 60 on that particular Wednesday. Food was awesome. service brilliant and with a little heads up to Hunting Lodge they presented him with a little birthday cake and a candle. The only small issue we had was on when leaving it was dark and the ramp, and foot path out to our cars was not well lit with lights we all felt this was a little on the dangerous side. A item that I am sure can & will be remedy quite quickly.
We had visitors up from a Invercargill and had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience and also made some wine purchases!!
Thanks Phil for your fantastic review. We look forward to your return and hope you enjoy the wines purchased!
Lovely inside with views onto the garden. Duck parfait was amazing. Waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable on both food and wine. We went for lunch mid week. Great for a special occasion.