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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-11:30am | Lunch 11:30am-3pm | 5.00pm-late (kitchen closes 9pm)
Sunday: Brunch 10.00am-11:30am | Lunch 11:30am-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 Sunday, 14 October 2018

Great service, lovely place, food a bit overpriced for what you get. Also thought whilst it was presented beautifully, each dish we had lacked flavour.

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Thanks Danielle, I have passed on your feedback to the kitchen team.

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

food, wine, service faultless. suggest a dimmer switch... my wife had a spotlight aimed right at her, bar/window seat very bright..

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Thanks Dale for your feedback and we will look into this issue. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food, wine & service nonetheless and hope for your return.

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

We love the food, and appreciate the ability to change some orders.

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Thanks Joan for your positive review.

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

superb!! crisp and clean food with no pretence. best of modern NZ cuisine! keep it up!!

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Thanks Chuck for this positive review!

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We went to The Hunting Lodge for lunch and wine tasting as part of a Hens day. The food was incredible and the wine tasting was a lot of fun with a great variety of wines! The staff were very accommodating and I can't wait to come back! :)

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Thanks Katie for your positive review and happy to hear you enjoyed your Hens day. We look forward to your return.

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We had a hightea at this stunning venue, Janet accommodated us and went over and beyond to give us the best experience. Was the best high tea I have ever been to. The food was amazing, presentation was beautiful and the variety of food was delicious. We had so much food and options of nonstop tea! We truly had the best experience and the service was 100% perfect. I would highly recommend this venue and I cant wait to come back again. Thank you again for everything 😀

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Thanks Natasha for your great review! We are happy to hear that your experience was so positive, we have a great service team on board who work hard to provide the best possible experience at our restaurant. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future!

Responded On Monday, 15 October 2018
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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

We had afantastic time visiting for dinner on Friday evening. Great service, great food!

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Thanks Mike for your great review!

Responded On Monday, 08 October 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Great dinner at the "Locals Night" at the Hunting Lodge last night. Awesome service with knowledgeable and professional staff. Only problem was we got charged for a salad that we didn't order apart from that it was excellent and we will be back.

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Thanks Carolynne again for your review! We sincerely apologise about the salad mix-up and I am aware our team is currently working with you to resolve this issue. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Monday, 08 October 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Amazing food, great staff.

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Thanks Robyn!

Responded On Monday, 08 October 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Lovely dining venue, absolutely fantastic staff with great service. The only downsize is that we thought the snapper was very small portion for the price we paid. The desserts were great and very good.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Great brunch. Awesome service. Beautiful venue.Will be back.

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Thanks Mandy for your fantastic review, we look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again on your return.

Responded On Sunday, 30 September 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Very welcoming atmosphere, beautiful food and wine, excellent family dinner. Janet remembers us from previous visits and ensures our meals are GF. The Chef does a great job offering alluring options on Locals Nite at great value.

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Thanks Linda for your great review, I will pass on your praises to our brilliant service team. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Sunday, 23 September 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

What an absolutely glorious meal we had at the Hunting Lodge this weekend. My partner is vegan and every effort was made to ensure his meal was as outstanding as everyone else's. The staff were very attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. Just lovely. We will come back again and we have already recommended it to others.

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Thanks Suzanne for your positive feedback. We look forward to hosting you again on your return!

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

GREAT EXPERIENCE. A SHAME ABOUT THE PLASTIC IN THE FOOD. SLOW TO GET THE FIRST COURSE, BUT QUICK AFTER THAT.

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Hey Rowan, once again we sincerely apologise about the plastic in the food. Our chefs have quickly investigated and dealt with the issue to ensure that this never happens again. Nonetheless great to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to have you visit again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

the only downside was the rather noisy atmosphere we dined on a saturday for lunch

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Hi Alan, thanks for your feedback and apologise about the acoustics on your visit. We hope that you had a great experience nonetheless and look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future!

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Friday, 14 September 2018

Beautiful quiet setting, delicious food and great service 👍

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Thanks Gareth, we look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again in the near future.

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Amazing spot

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Thanks Ben!

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 09 September 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and loved that it wasn’t rushed.The food was delicious and the staff were wonderful.Thanks for a memorable experience.

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Thanks Sue for your great feedback, we are fortunate to have a great restaurant team on board working to provide the best possible experience.

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

Fabulous location with delicious food and great service.

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Thanks Julie for your great review!

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

I was expecting something extra special in the food but found the portions small and ordinary given the level of pricing as opposed to extraordinary.

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Thanks Peter for your feedback and apologise that the food was not up to your standard. We appreciate and consider all feedback given and will pass this on to the restaurant team.

Responded On Tuesday, 18 September 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Once again we spent had a wonderful night at the Hunting lodge on Locals night. We love the food and the staff are amazing. We do not believe that you could find food of the same quality for the same price anywhere in Auckland, which is why we dine at the Hunting Lodge once a month. We love the fact that the chiefs source their produce locally and that it is seasonal. Thank you to everyone at the Hunting Lodge for another superb meal. See you next month!!

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Thanks Samantha for your fabulous review! We are super fortunate to have a great restaurant team which pride themselves in providing the best possible experience for all who visit. We thank-you for your loyalty and look forward to hosting you again next month.

Responded On Monday, 17 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

The coffee was excellent, your big breakfast for brunch was incredible....I can’t stop thinking about the thick cut bacon!!! Made in-house! Thank you for such a lovely father’s day. Your staff are so professional even when so busy. Lovely and child friendly too. The kids activity pack is a fantastic idea and worked a treat. Great attention to detail so everyone is well looked after.

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Thanks Bonnie for your great review, we are very fortunate to have a great restaurant team on board who work hard to provide the best food and dining experience for all who visit. I will pass on your praises to the team.

Responded On Monday, 03 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

AMAZING! Great service, location, experience and food. Crazy good pricing for what you're getting. Love!

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Thanks Tabitha for your great review, great to hear that you enjoyed your visit at our restaurant!

Responded On Monday, 03 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

good morning thanks for an amazing lunch with great service and amazing food we are already planning a return visit thanks again for making it a great day

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Thanks Sue for your great review we look forward to your return!

Responded On Monday, 03 September 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

Beautiful setting, great food, great service -we will be back

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Thanks Amy for your feedback!

Responded On Monday, 03 September 2018
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