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)
- 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…
Third time we’ve visited for a celebration meal. We had a fabulous meal, the service was excellent and setting beautiful. I would totally recommend the venue. 10/10 Superb
Wonderful food and service and great wine! Thank you for making our first anniversary so special 😊
Stunning food & excellent service. More wine choices would be good. Good to see the menu change since our last visit 3 weeks ago.
Amazing food and service
Great food, even better service. Attentive, friendly, chatty but not too chatty. Very accommodating. Anthony the waiter is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Would 100% be back.
Food was delicious and Service received was excellent
We visited on Locals night and although it was not their full menu the food and service was great. What a difference fresh produce straight from their garden makes! I will be back.
What a wonderful experience it is going to the Hunting Lodge - marvellous food, service and such a pretty spot.in a character filled old lodge and with gorgeous vistas. A lovely drive through Kumeu completes our wonderful Sunday lunch. We will be back.
We opted for the chefs choice and it proved to be a winner. Beautifully presented, interesting dishes and all delicious. We'll definitely be back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lovely spot.
Such a fantastic venue and restaurant experience! We came here for my sisters birthday, along with a 9 week old, and with some dietary requirements, and they were just so fantastically accommodating! The best experience.
We were very impressed with the delicious dinner and the friendly service. We will be back again soon.
Very nice meal.
Dinner was outstanding - great variety and fantastic value. A place us locals can share with pride!
The beef was dry and tough. Poorly handled. We grow our own so know good meat. Wait person misdescribed the accompaniments so we over ordered sides. The pudding treats were mean and outrageously expensive for what they were. Ho hum mediocre meal and I fear the place has lost its edge.
We decided to pop up the road for locals night and we absolutely loved it!! The meals were gorgeous and the Hunting Lodge Central Otago PInot Noir was to die for! Also the staff were so friendly and we loved chatting to them. We will definitely be making this a regular spot!!
Awesome venue, awesome food.Great to support locals. This is our first time to this venue. Would go back again in the future.
It was lovely. But it was 50 minutes before we got food. Which is about 30 minutes too long
Wonderful lunch our cruise ship guests really enjoyed their day. The beautiful setting and lunch was the highlight. Thank you
A really enjoyable experience.Food was fantastic
Very happy,used to go there a lot before it closed. Have a comment that the menu is too small,its called the Hunting Lodge so where is the game,like pheasant,rabbit etc.
The most amazing food and service out there!! Also the cocktails are 👌
Oh my goodness! The Hunting Lodge is superb. We dined last night with friends who had not dined here before. They were suitably impressed, as were we (again) This place is gorgeous and the food is exciting and absolutely delicious😊
We had a wonderful celebration for my father's 80th birthday and felt truly looked after and valued by your wonderful team. The meal, service and ambience were all fantastic, thanks so much! And our limo chauffeur Williams really appreciated the slice of birthday cake you delivered to him on our behalf, next level service, nothing was a problem - thank you!
It was the perfect place for my Mum’s 70th. We had an exceptional time. The set menu was delicious (oh the lamb, but also the risotto, the beet salad, the pork patties & sauerkraut, the everything!). Great service too. Just perfect. Thank you!