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Carrington Estate Vineyard

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Maitai Bay Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great spot, great food, laughable service.

This is a really lovely place to visit - great drive in Northland, and the views here on the KariKari Peninsula are awesome. Having read some of the reviews on here we went with our eyes open. The terrace seating offers a spectacular view. To be fair, the food is expensive but was really nice... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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English first
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Wow! This has got to be one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in during my lifetime. The restaurant is actually called Peppers, at the Carrington Resort on Matai Bay Road. Amazing. I had a two course dinner. For main, I had Duo of Lamb, which was pistachio crusted lamb loin, mustard honey herb crusted lamb cutlet, with roasted... More 

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New Zealand
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The only thing that lets this place down is the slow disorganized service and high prices. The staff are always friendly but they may need more chefs to get the food out faster! It is lovely to sit there and take in the wonderful view.

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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is a long drive out to Peppers Carrington but well worth the drive, sit under the shade of the marque and enjoy the views, wine and food. My wife loves the treat when I take her out there for a meal, hard to beat well worth the time and money

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We knew the Karikari Estate vineyard has an amazing location with a view over rolling hills, wetlands, dunes, Karikari beach and ocean beyond. But we were amazed and really impressed with the quality and variety of wines made at the estate. My husband loved the Pinotage, and we enjoyed the unique Toa Iti. I really enjoyed the Pino Gris (from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a really lovely place to visit - great drive in Northland, and the views here on the KariKari Peninsula are awesome. Having read some of the reviews on here we went with our eyes open. The terrace seating offers a spectacular view. To be fair, the food is expensive but was really nice and we all enjoyed our... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We were here on Christmas Day thinking it looked great but when we realised it wasn't, there wasn't much choice because nothing else was open. From afar it looked impressive and sat in a commanding position on the hill with sweeping views out to the harbour. Having visited and dined at many vineyards around NZ and AU, this place could... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The pizza was nice - lovely crisp base, but at $28 was pricey. Stunning location that catches the wind. Staff young but very pleasant. Big wine glass but not generous with the contents

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

See above review. This place should be avoided if you like food or wine.Staff know nothing except how to pour a glass

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207 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Amazing location, brilliant spot. Place is just unprofessional really, best way to describe it. Service is poor and not knowledgable. Food has gone downhill as well. Gordon Ramsey would have a field day up here, just a field day. Management is off, real shame as this place could really be amazing. 3 stars only based on location.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A group of six of us visited for lunch today. As per above reviews the food was ok but the service was slack and we were not followed up on. Requested extra sauce for kids but never received it. No offers of further service for tea coffee or coffee or dessert. Counter staff had no spark and barely engaged in... More 

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Address: Maitai Bay Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Kaitaia
Cuisine: Australian

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  • Address: Maitai Bay Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Kaitaia

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian

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