Our philosophy at Wharekauhau is simple… everything is based around what you, our guest, would like. The kitchen has adopted a 'locavorian' approach to planning menus and selecting produce. In short they use what they can from the property and surrounding region - fruits from the orchard, vegetables from the garden, honey from local honey bees, wild fennel from the coast. It is not uncommon to see a Wharekauhau chef roaming the grounds collecting various items for his menu.
Morning aromas of fresh coffee and homemade breads greet our guests at the country kitchen, where every day a sumptuous continental buffet, coupled with an extensive cooked menu awaits.
An a la carte relaxed luncheon menu is available from the lodge daily, and is available through to late afternoon.
It is easy to spend the entire day out and about enjoying the property and our surrounding region. Should you wish, we can pack any sized picnic hamper that you, and your group require. Don’t be shy to ask us if you’d like us to deliver it and set it up in a prearranged location to save carrying it with you – no trouble at all.
Wharekauhau’s dinner menu changes to reflect the seasons and features contemporary twists on New Zealand classics such as Beef, Crayfish, Duck and of course our famous Wharekauhau Lamb.
Our dinner experience starts off with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the lounge, or the Courtyard. A selection of fine New Zealand wines are available for tasting, alongside a well-stocked bar comprised of premium spirits and liqueurs. This is a good chance for guests to meet each other, or even plan the following day’s activities with your Wharekauhau host.
Our meals are planned at least a week in advance, please notify us early if you have any particular dietary requirements – we are more than happy to cater for your particular needs
Dinner Dress Code
Evening attire is smart casual—ties and dinner suits are not required. For male guests, a long sleeved dress shirt, trousers and dress shoes suffice