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The Hunting Lodge

305-307 Waikoukou Valley Road, Waimauku, Auckland, New Zealand, 0882
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Opening Information

Wednesday: 5.30pm-9pm
Thursday: 11.30am-3pm | 5.30pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Friday: 11.30am-3pm | 5.30pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Saturday: 11:30am-3pm | 5.00pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Sunday: 11:30am-3pm



Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Alfresco Dining
  • Bathroom
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Private Functions
  • Vegetarian choice
  • Views
  • Well Behaved Children Welcome
  • Entrees
  • 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…

Cuisine: Modern New Zealand
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Thank you we had an awesome night. Excellent service and great food. Cheers

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

An absolutely fabulous night, service was 100 %, food was perfect, we had the ‘trust the chef ‘ degustation, Magic!

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

It wasn’t a satisfying dining experience. I wouldn’t be inclined to visit again. My steak was lukewarm, not hot & was over cooked. I had a mountain of shoestring fries on the plate which while delicious was excessive. What about including a hot bread roll and butter on arrival? Overall it wasn’t a gratifying dining experience at all. It lacks the personal, sophisticated touch. Poor attention to detail with low respect and little care shown toward the customer’s dining satisfaction. We were never asked how our meals were. There was no salt on the table. When we paid and left, the waitress processed the sale and said nothing. No thank you for coming, no goodbye, have a nice evening. Nothing. Very unhospitable. A below average and mediocre dining experience overall which could’ve been much better.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Really enjoyed our evening with you. Great service and love the locals menu, well priced and delicious food. Thank you. Regards Helen

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Excellent service even went the extra mile or 10 to return a jacket left behind. Many thanks

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Excellent, attentive service with a smile. We felt very welcome. I asked for help with a wine choice and the recommendation was very good. My husband got something on his shirt and our waiter hurried to get soda water and a cloth for him. After our meal we were asked what song we'd like played, so we got to finish our anniversary meal listening to the song of our first dance on our wedding night. Fantastic experience. We'll be back!

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

we had 2 small children with us, and with the complimentary drawing and sticker book, we all had a great time!!! the service was brilliant. half of our group was 40 minutes late, and there was no pressure on us, as to when would they arrive. we will definitely be back . everyone from the wine tasting crew to the restaurant crew were awesome!!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A great night out

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Visited On Sunday, 27 January 2019

Great service. Good atmosphere. Fine food.

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Thanks Don!

Responded On Wednesday, 30 January 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

We had a wonderful lunch in the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The food was delicious and generous - really enjoyed all of the items on their sharing platter. Love that the veges are grown on site. The waiter Anthony was lovely, very knowledgeable and attentive. Very grateful to the chef who accommodated our son's allergies and made sure to separate out any items on the tasting platter that he couldn't eat.

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Thanks Sharon for taking the time to write such a positive review. We are fortunate to have a great restaurant team who work hard to provide a great and positive experience for all who visit.

Responded On Wednesday, 30 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

friendly & thoughtful service. Meals cooked & presented beautifully. Kaipara Lamb delicious. The fresh vegetables and peas straight out of garden on to plate amazing. enjoyed our first "locals" night. will be back with more local friends.

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Thanks Dianne for such a positive review! We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you and your friends again in the near future.

Responded On Wednesday, 30 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Lovely evening, fantastic food. The only reason for a 4star in food, is the pinot noir butter was a swimming pool around my steak. I'm all for butter but found it a but much. I'll just ask for it on the side next time. Other than that insignificant point, it was all just 100% gorgeous!

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Thanks Anne for taking the time to write this review! As we are a small, family owned business we are always looking for ways that we can improve.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

A memorable lunch - thank you.

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Thanks Chris!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

We really enjoyed our meal and will be back again as we are local. Thanks

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Thanks Wayne, we look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again on your return.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 16 January 2019

This is a fabulous venue serving seriously good food. An interesting menu with beautiful flavours.

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Thanks Julie for your positive review! We are fortunate to have Des Harris (Executive Chef) & Asher Abramowitz (Head Chef) who work hard to create seasonal food which reflect our pasture to plate philosophy where we source as much as we can on site and locally sourcing the rest. We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Thursday, 10 January 2019

We enjoyed a trust the chef menu and were delighted with all the courses. So much food and the food was impeccable. Such a beautiful experience - thank you!

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Thanks Casey for this positive review!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Thank you all for making a special evening perfect! Thank you for providing above and beyond service and for creating an environment that was warm and welcoming. The food was sensational.

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Thanks Pauline for taking the time to write this positive review!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

We all thoroughly enjoyed our Locals Night, the food was grea,t the location is beautiful and the service was exceptional. Highly recommend

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Thanks Chrissy, great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our local's night.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Sunday, 06 January 2019

Loved the wines and the brief tasting to ascertain what wine best suited the table. Would love to have seen more vegetarian options, particularly as starters. The waiter was lovely, very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Thanks Laura for your positive response we are fortunate to have a great team of service staff lead by Ann who work hard to provide the best experience for all who visit! We appreciate your feedback about the vegetarian meals, as we are a small family owned business we are always looking for ways that we can improve and do better.

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

We’ve been coming to the Hunting Lodge since the 1980’s. It was wonderful to return and have such an enjoyable dining experience. The staff are amazing. Service friendly and very professional. Food superb. We miss the beautiful gardens and big old trees - a shame they have gone! We will be back again to sample more of the menu.

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Thanks Fleur for your positive review! Lovely to hear that you have some history with the place and I am sure a great story or two, we would love to hear them the next time you visit!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Friday, 04 January 2019

Delicious meal and a great atmosphere

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Thanks Rebecca!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Friday, 04 January 2019

Another great lunch out at one of our favourite locals!

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Thanks Russell, we always love it when we get a visit from a local!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Great little find and a very pleasant atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 23 December 2018

Food, drink, service was excellent

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Thanks Simone!

Responded On Wednesday, 23 January 2019
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