“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.” M.F.K. Fisher
Some of our most special memories are formed by love and laughter at the table. A treat for all the senses, shared with the most special person in the world; those are all the ingredientsyou need for a romantic, intimate experience. Luxury lodges across beautiful New Zealand know this. Excelling at turning fresh local produce into incredible meals and featuring the best of New Zealand’s world famous wines, here are some of the most desirable dining experiences guaranteed to whet your appetite for love.
The beautiful gardens at Edenhouse, are a cool oasis in the summer, the perfect location for private dining.Ingredients for each course are thoughtfully chosen from the freshest local produce, their incredible flavours then skillfully paired with award-winning local wines that delight the palette.
Nestled in one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking heritage estates, the historic Pen-y-bryn Lodge, the largest single-storey wooden dwelling in Australasia, offers guests the opportunity to dine like royalty. Your chef-host will prepare a menu that caters to you and your spouse’s whims that evening and delight you with the bounty that is Pen-y-bryn’s own garden and nearby farms. Look forward to an evening truly fit for a king and queen.
The Drawing Room Turret provides an ideal spot for a couple to enjoy an elegant evening while looking out upon Otahuna’s original 1895 gardens, which evokes a sense of romance from the British Colonial period. Located off the formal Drawing room, couples can experience a 5-course degustation menu that celebrates the best of fresh New Zealand produce with an emphasis on seasonal and estate-grown offerings.
There are a number of locations for private dining at the Cape Kidnappers but The Snug is our favorite. A circular room in the interior of the silo, it has stunning views across the farmland and Hawke’s Bay. Dramatic but also very intimate, The Snug has a high ceiling and a roaring fire. And of course, the wine list is superb.
Dining at Blanket Bay is a special occasion every night. Choose from the elegant Lake View Dining Room or the Wine Cave for a very cozy dinner. If the weather is warmer, seat yourself at The Terrace, under the clear southern sky, with a fireplace crackling behind and a mountain and glistening lake unfolding before you.
Annandale provides visitors with a unique, engaging meal experience. They want to be so unobtrusive, they have a ‘We Create You Serve’ philosophy. For a farm to table experience that won’t compromise the privacy of couples, the award winning chef rustles up a breakfast menu, a superb picnic lunch and a gourmet 3 course dinner based on their locavore philosophy. The meal is delivered to the villa with easy to follow instructions allowing you to simply complete the finishing touches before enjoying some of Annandale’s finest cuisine.
“Dining with the stars” is just the best option at the magnificent Huka Lodge. A table for two under the twinkling Milky Way, surrounded by 17-acres of manicured grounds, it is quiet, intimate and the perfect opportunity to detach from the big old world and connect with nature and the person sharing your meal and your life.
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