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Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door

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803 Kawarau Gorge Road | Goldmining Centre Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
+64 3-445 4841
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Cross the bridge over the Mighty Kawarau River to join us in our idillic...
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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  • 91
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  • 31
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This is the best eatery in Central Otago! And if we include Queenstown in the mix, we'd say it's a second after Amisfield in terms of small dishes or tapas style meals. 1st in terms of affordability too. Do check it out. Well worth it. Just get the Oak Stave with matching wines. Yum!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Maxamillian S
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  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is the best eatery in Central Otago! And if we include Queenstown in the mix, we'd say it's a second after Amisfield in terms of small dishes or tapas style meals. 1st in terms of affordability too. Do check it out. Well worth it. Just get the Oak Stave with matching wines. Yum!

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Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

One to absolutely go to. Such delicious tapas style food. Paua..venison..hare..lamb..salmon..goat. just something truly unique and special. The owner is delightful wise and accommodating. The ambience is worth experiencing as you cross the bridge to a lovely rustic setting. Strong selections of wines... we felt the pinot gris was worthy of another glass. A must go to if in Queenstown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Once again Quinton's team laid on fabulous service, food and wine. We had the stave and wine matching, great pricing... we even tried the desert matching which is unusual as we aren't really sweet people. The chocolate peanut brownie... ohhh to die for.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We have been to this restaurant a year and a half ago and we loved the tasting stave with the paired wines, it was divine! So we went back again this time, and we were impressed again and this time, we also had the dessert stave - it was amazing. Well done team and thanks to Chelsea for the friendly... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had a delicious early lunch sat outside in the glorious sunshine on our journey from Queenstown to Mt Cook. We found the service here to be really good and very helpful in deciding upon our selection of the stave which comprised Paua, Wild Hare, Salmon, Venison, and Lamb. Great wines too - less than a glass in total which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My husband and I did several wine tastings in the area. This was our favourite. We got the shared platter with matching wines and loved it. Service was perfect; genuine and efficient. Jack the dog was lovely. Absolutely recommend.

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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went to Wild Earth for lunch after a recommendation by New Zealand Awaits tour company and were thrilled we did. We had the tasting dishes with the matching wines and loved all of it. We were so impressed we followed up with the tasting desserts and wines. The food top quality and the service and knowledge by the young... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Really excellent - go for the shared lunch tasting plate with wines - you won't be disappointed. Smoked game - hare, paua and goat - and interesting sides. The wines are excellent - esp the pinot noir and they have older vintages - 2010, 2011 etc. Loved it for its originality and quality - 9 out of 10.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We stopped en-route from Cromwell to Queenstown at Wild Earth, deciding to check out what was on the menu... we were not disappointed by the 5 course platter for two. Seated outside overlooking the gorge was a bonus too as the weather was fine.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

We just had a couple of cappuccinos while we waited for a guided tour of the Minefields Centre (part of the same complex). Nice coffee and very pleasant staff member.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 803 Kawarau Gorge Road | Goldmining Centre Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Cromwell
  • Phone Number: +64 3-445 4841

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 29
  • Cuisine: New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?