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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: Brunch 10.00am-12:30pm | Lunch 12:30pm-3pm | 5.00pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Sunday: Brunch 10.00am-12:30pm | Lunch 12:30pm-3pm

CHRISTMAS HOURS
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

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, 18 August 2018

The music was too loud when we arrived but overall we had a fantastic lunch thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Great venue, great ambience with good food and service. You should perhaps promote a walk through the grounds.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Love this place. My Daughter and I had a lovely lunch there this Sunday it was very special.

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Thanks Anita for the fabulous review! We hope to get the opportunity to host you and your daughter again in the near future.

Responded On Monday, 13 August 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

This was my 4th meal since the re-opening. All of the 4 meals were excellent, but this was the first where the wines were up to the standard of the meals. We tasted the range of wines featured in a recent Listener article and were very impressed with them. I understand that not all are available in the restaurant at this stage. I suggest you might consider favouring the restaurant rather than the bottle store for your top wines to help support growth of the restaurant trade,

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Thanks Graham! We are fortunate to have a great Winemaker and Executive Chef who work together to create the perfect wine and food experience for everyone who visits! We appreciate your constructive feedback and will pass this on to both of them.

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

We had a table of 10 at the Hunting Lodge. Nothing was a problem. The staff were amazing and the food was devine. We’ll definitely be back.

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Thanks Phillipa, we are very fortunate to have a great restaurant team who work very hard to provide you the best experience. We look forward to hosting you again when you return!

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

We had the Chefs Choice option for lunch. Fabulous

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Thanks Natalie! I will pass on this rave review to our chefs.

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Good food and ambience. Service wasn’t very impressive. Even though we had a few issues with the numbers from our side, they way it was communicated to us in a restaurant was a bit rude. Not what is expected from a establishment of this repute.

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Thanks Jeffrey for your review, great to hear that you enjoyed your food during your visit. We are fortunate to have a great team of chef’s who work hard to provide the best food experience for our visitors. We are sad to hear that your service experience not being ideal. We had another large group at the same time and our waitress was caught off guard with the last minute change of numbers within your group. That being said, she sincerely apologises that she didn’t handle it as well as she could of. As a restaurant who is still quite new in the industry we are always looking for ways to improve and do better so we appreciate your feedback and look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again soon.

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Very likely, we had a simply wonderful time. Thank you for your hospitality.

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Thanks Sharyn for your fabulous review!

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Great food! Great wine! Excellent service! The steak was cooked superbly and the gnocchi was devine. I will be back again and again. I only wish that I had gone during the day so I could see the beautiful estate grounds. Will have to go back for lunch.

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Hi Thomas, Thanks for your lovely review. We look forward to the opportunity to host you again in the near future!

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 29 July 2018

Disappointing that the restaurant had run out of Venison Pie and Sirloin steak by the time we got to order lunch. They only had one steak left which looked like the tail end when I received it. Cheeseboard was also disappointing, only two selections - Blue and what looked/tasted like Brie and very, very, small piece of each with the thinnest, slices and tiniest portion of pear. Probably the saddest cheese board I've ever been served in a restaurant - would not recommend that. Service was friendly and the restaurant was busy. Food wasn't bad, I would describe it as ordinary.

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Thanks Merrilyn for your feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the service and I will for sure pass this on to the restaurant team. Unfortunately the Venison Pie which we make fresh each day, was a popular dish the night you came and thus we had run out by the time you arrived which can also be said about our sirloin dish. As we are still a young and growing restaurant we are always looking for ways to improve and do better. I will pass on all the feedback to our chef's to take on for the future.

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

We had a beautiful lunch. Trust the chef was fantastic food and fun. Children amazingly catered for including my celiac daughter. We will be back.

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Thanks Steven for your review. We appreciate the positive feedback, we look forward to your return!

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A great experience, the food was delicious and the lamb was cooked to perfection. The local wines are an excellent accompaniment, all the staff were friendly and helpful and we have will definitely be back

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Hi Ursula thanks for your amazing review! We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

We chose the 'trust the chef' menu, and got the wine matching to go with it...it was just incredible..everything was a taste sensation!!!! I would highly recommend doing this if you want to have a wonderful stress free night where you are 100% looked after. All the staff were welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable.. can't wait to go back!

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Thanks Carol, We have a great restaurant team who work hard to provide the best possible food and wine experience for all our guests that visit our restaurant. We love that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your return!

Responded On Sunday, 08 July 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 08 July 2018

Excellent food - very interesting selection. Very good service. Looking forward to my next visit!

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Thanks Dianne, we look forward to the opportunity to hosting you again soon.

Responded On Sunday, 08 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 30 June 2018

It started with a big welcoming smile at the door and finished with us booking for another visit! Thank you for a fabulous afternoon :-)

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Hi Sonja, Thanks for the feedback. We are so fortunate to have great front of house staff who work really hard to make every visitor feel welcome. I will pass this on to the team and we look forward to hosting you again soon!

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 27 June 2018

We had a lovely evening eating the Locals menu. Venison pie was particularly memorable. Will definitely go back, thank you.

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Thanks Emily. We are stoke to hear that you enjoyed your meal and look forward to hosting you again when you return!

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Brilliant as always.

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Thanks Vaughan, always a pleasure to host you we look forward to doing it again!

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Amazing food, great service and fantastic location. Thanks to Janet and her team for making a memorable experience.

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Thanks Donna! I will make sure to pass on your praises to Janet and her team!

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

Great location and beautiful meal

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Thanks Alison for the review!

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Friday, 22 June 2018

A lovely meal with a very attentive waitress. Would highly recommend. Great to have a fantastic restaurant again at the Hunting Lodge. Food was superb. Locals very impressed.

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Thanks Jane for the fabulous feedback, I will make sure to pass this on to our team.

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 21 June 2018

We had a lovely lunch thanks and service was great thank you!

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Thanks Penny for the great review!

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Friday, 15 June 2018

The Britten family would like to thank you all for making our mother’s 90th birthday so special. The food was amazing as was the wine. Thank you to the staff for your wonderful attention to detail.

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Thanks Barbara for your great review. We are very fortunate to have a great restaurant team on board who work hard to provide the best experience possible! We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Friday, 10 August 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

Had a great night and fantastic experience start to finish. Really appreciated the staff organising a vegan meal for me, it was divine and didn’t feel like an afterthought! We all loved our meals and service was superb - can’t wait to go back.

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Thanks Georgia for your review. We are so lucky to have a great team at our restaurant who all work hard to provide the best possible food and wine experience for our guests. We are stoked to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to hosting you again soon.

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

We had a lovely evening. Great food, great wine, great service, beautiful location. Love.

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Thanks Sarah for the lovely review. We loved that you enjoyed your visit and hope to have you return soon.

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

What a great spot, really helpful and efficient service, fantastic setting, excellent food and coffee, best marshmallows ever, looking forward to going back again soon. Will be spreading the word!

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Hi Hannah, Thanks for sharing with us your fantastic experience. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to the opportunity to hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Monday, 02 July 2018
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