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Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door

803 Kawarau Gorge Road | Goldmining Centre Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
+64 3-445 4841
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Ranked #5 of 25 restaurants in Cromwell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $34
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery
Description: Cross the bridge over the Mighty Kawarau River to join us in our idillic Central Otago setting, surrounded by Wild Thyme and rocky outcrops.
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Romsey, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

Food was amazing and unusual due to the smoking techniques. Local food tastes and Paired with great wines. Friendly service, cosy atmosphere. Would thoroughly recommend this.

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Hong Kong, China
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Driving back from Mount Cook, we headed to Cromwell towards Queenstown airport to catch a connecting Jetstar flight to Auckland. On the drive back, we stopped at the Goldfield Mines - no doubt a tourist attraction but right next to it was the charming Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen and Cellar Door, a lovely bistro and winery where we enjoyed some... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Foggy day in Cromwell with visitors staying. Where to go for lunch ? We went to Wild Earth and it has the WOW factor. The setting just blew away the north islanders. then the food and the wine match was outstanding, the waitress knew what she was talking about and to make it just that much better the owner came... More

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Clyde, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We were guilty of driving past for 2 years thinking it was a touristy cafe. What an AMAZING experience when we finally went! Wow! The food and wine matches were so impressive and everything smoked in their unique wine barrels. How about smoked Hare on a parsnip puree? Service was welcoming, informative and friendly. Setting is simply stunning. GO!

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wessence, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hey Mark-NZ61 We are so happy you stopped by after all these years. Trust me you are not the only one! We are glad you were pleasantly surprised with who we are and what we do. We hope to see you again soon as we have a whole new barrel cooked menu coming soon for you to try. yours sincerely,... More

Cromwell, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Good ambience. Presentation of wine and accompanying food dishes was novel as were the descriptions of the staff. A different and enjoyable experience for one or two couples to discuss and share their views. Good one!

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wessence, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hey Qtzman, Thank you very much for your wonderful review and we are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. It sounds like you are a Cromwell local and we are stoked you dropped in. Hope to see you again. Yours sincerely Wes and the Wild Earth team. More

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

As I researched for a lunch stopover for my drive from Tekapo to QT, I found Wild Earth Wines. I checked out their website and straight away I was hooked! The food in their website look and sound amazing, plus the good reviews on TA, hence I was sure I made the right choice. It was a beautiful day that... More

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sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi Poikime, Thanks for your lovely review - we're really pleased you stopped in and enjoyed our food on a lovely Autumn day. Shame you were driving and unable to try the wine, but perhaps next time you are through this way! We look forward to having you back. Warm regards, Sarah and the Wild Earth team More

London
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Set in the stunning bleak Kawarau Gorge with the river below you and the gold workings all around. The food is eclectic and uses great natural and often wild ingredients cooked usually in a smoker. Sitting outside on a fine day is time well spent.

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sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi Adventurer62, Thanks for your review. We are really pleased you stopped by and tried our barrel cooked foods. I hope you enjoyed the Wild Foods and were challenged by and enjoyed our food and wine matches. Perhaps next time you are through this way you could stop in again. Sarah and the Wild Earth Team. More

Hong Kong
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Great alfresco dining experience and well worth a visit. The approach to the restaurant is via a suspension bridge across the Kawarau River. The restaurant offers tasting food platters served on recycled plants of food paired with wines made by the winery. This is truly a unique experience. I would not say that I was bowed over by the food... More

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sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi Doobeebaby, Thanks for taking the time to review our Restaurant while you were over here on holiday. We have put a lot of time and effort into the cooking (and presentation) - our barrel cookers have been developed over the past 4 years through much trial and testing... We think the food is pretty special and different and I'm... More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My husband and two kids under the age of 6 loved everything about this restaurant. How I wish this or something similar was located near Sydney! The food was wholesome and the smoky wine barrel flavours were great! The service was very good too. My kids were relaxed as they were free to roam the gardens and whilst we ate... More

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sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi Miah_Miah, Thank you for your lovely review. I'm so pleased you and your family enjoyed yourselves and your wee kids were able to roam around and work off some steam out in the garden. Sydney isn't so far away, so please pop back - we would love to see you and the family again! Cheers, Sarah and the Wild... More

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Located in an unsuspecting location was a particularly enjoyable food and wine establishment. They were clearly passionate about their food and wine particularly the smoked food they prepare. Very well presented and all round great experience.

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sasinrio, Director of Sales at Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door, responded to this review

Hi Funchik, Thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us at Wild Earth. We do indeed have an unsuspecting location - many people are surprised to find us in 'the middle of nowhere' when they stop off. We are passionate about our food, wine and our barrel cookers, and I'm very pleased our staff were able to... More

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