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Mokoia Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
(07)343 5100
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring...
Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.
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Visitor rating
  • 96
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Top Class

This gem is our favourite restaurant in Rotorua when we want to have a special meal. The service is excellent, the menu interesting and the meals are top class. The presentation and use of NZ native plants really make a point of difference.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
birchwoodfarm
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This gem is our favourite restaurant in Rotorua when we want to have a special meal. The service is excellent, the menu interesting and the meals are top class. The presentation and use of NZ native plants really make a point of difference.

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Ora birchwoodfarm, Thank you very much for an amazing review. It is great to read that we delivered great dining experience and service. We look forward to hosting you back. Thank you very much once again. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal Food & Beverage / Front Office Manager More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A beautiful meal making the most of native plants/seasonings throughout the menu. The sharing option is a great way to try three dishes each but still hard to choose as the menu selection is fabulous. Even have a separate vegetarian menu.

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings SallyT5, Thank you very much for your feedback and a fantastic 5 star rating. I am delighted to hear you had a great dining experience with us. I also appreciate your review on our menu selection. We look forward to hosting you in near future. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal Food & Beverage / Front Office Manager More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Wow factor plus! What a surprise this restaurant was. I Googled "best lunch rotorua" and this venue was top of the list. It would suit those who have their own transport as it's on the lake shore 10-15 minutes drive out of town towards the airport. Turns out it's a fine dining experience and adjoins the Wai Ora Spa resort.... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Greetings JayellNZ, Thank you very much for your feedback and an awesome 5 star rating on your experience. It is very pleasing to read a comment like yours. It has certainly made our team very delighted. We look forward to your next visit. Warm Regards, Aayush Silwal Front Office / F&B Manager More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Not a pleasant experience sorry with group of ladies , did not want to say anything on day to upset the birthday girl. Took quite some time before we were offered the wine list to find pricing very over the top ! Scones were all crumbly , slices were obviously store brought. $25 just for food too pricey , like... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Ora rb4268, Thank you very much for your feedback. I sincerely apologies that we could not meet your expectations. My senior management team has been in contact with you. If you would like to further discuss on the matter, please feel free to contact our team or myself. Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It was my 18nth wedding anniversary which we celebrated at WaiOra lakeside resort and had dinner at Mokoia restaurant it was an amazing experience as food was exceptional and service was excellent.

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback Kapmoni. It is awesome to hear that you had an excellent time here at the resort and dining experience. We look forward to your next visit. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The food was good and the service was great. Price for the food was a little above what I would of payed for what you got. It was a good night

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Had a steak whilst at a business meeting at waiora. It was brilliant. Staff were awesome. Would highly recommend :)

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I was taken to Mokoia Restaurant for my Birthday with a promise of a fine dining experience. We came away with a fine dining bill of $275 for two, however, at no point did the food or the service justify the money that we parted with. The most surprising events of the evening were when we chose the wine matching... More 

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WaiOra_Manager, Front Office Manager at Mokoia Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear TeamSandy14, Thank you for your feedback. It is always reviews like yours that helps us improve our service standards. I sincerely apologies that the food quality and the service did not meet your expectations. In regards to poor wine service, I have spoken directly with my team. We strive in providing a great dining experience to our guest. we... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

I gave Mokoia 4 stars because of the service, presentation and atmosphere. Called to arrange a shuttle pick up after I was told I can do it the day of my booking...not the case I was told "look, I'll call you back" and hung up on. Called back 6 hours later, someone said I couldn't arrange a shuttle on the... More 

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Auckland,
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Melt in the mouth food. Served with uncomplicated skill. Everything was divine. Highly recommend.the choice of their shared menus for two made it easy to sample more than one dish each. Even though portions were smaller than the single mains, none of the dishes flavours were lost.

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Additional Information about Mokoia Restaurant

Address: 77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
Phone Number: (07)343 5100
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 23 - 80
Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: (07)343 5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 80
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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