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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, 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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  • 5
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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
Lovely food - but smaller portions than I was expecting

We went for a meal here, and I was surprised at what good value the main meals appeared to be. Until they turned up! Really, they're more Tapas-sized, so you need to order at least three between two people. But they were beautifully cooked. And the five wine tasters are well worth it. Best value... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We went for a meal here, and I was surprised at what good value the main meals appeared to be. Until they turned up! Really, they're more Tapas-sized, so you need to order at least three between two people. But they were beautifully cooked. And the five wine tasters are well worth it. Best value was the cheese platter on... More 

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This restaurant and winery was recommended to us and we were so pleased that it was. The unique way that the food is smoked in the aged wine barrels makes for absolutely delicious flavours. We all loved our meals and also got to sample many of the wines and enjoyed them all. The location is stunning, on the banks of... More 

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Essex UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My wife and I stopped here just by chance on our way to Twizel - but what an amazing place to stop. We were originally only going to have a coffee but having watched the chef cook venison patties over the specially designed wine barrel turned into a barbeque - we had to try one. We sat outside in the... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This place was so awesome! We went as part of a Wine Tour (Funny French Cars wine tours in Wanaka - also amazing) & had the tasting menu with matching wines. The food was incredible & the wines matched perfectly. The food is all cooked in barrels I believe & served on platters made from barrels too. It was such... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

stopped in here after visiting the gold fields. originally ordered coffee and sat in side as rather cool outside. coffee and service was good. stayed a little longer and ordered several dishes to try. specializes in local foods such as wild hare, wild venison, lamb, salmon and a shell fish which looks like abalone. all were very good. plates are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We sat inside as although a sunny day the outside seating was too shaded for the beautiful autum day. Staff were friendly, attentive and knew their food and wine matches. The 5 tasting choices served on a stave(a part from a barrel) was superb. The choices were paua, hare, venison, salmon and goat, with a saffron couscous salad, all available... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Arguably the best rustic cellar door food and wine experience in NZ. We came for a quick lunch and left 5 hours and 2 bottles later. A truly unique experience. Food was exceptional with presentation to match (not to mention the unique staves). Wine is good with the reserve pinot a clear standout and well worth trying. The staff and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were recommended Wild Earth by our B&B at Wanaka . Besides the wine flight for two - which was excellent value for money , we shared some tapas. The tapas was divine in taste and presentation on flat stones . The wine flight for two came in an interesting wooden stand . Pop in here -- very worth it... More 

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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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Additional Information about Wild Earth Outdoor Kitchen & Cellar Door

Address: 803 Kawarau Gorge Road | Goldmining Centre Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-445 4841
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Cromwell
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 26
Cuisine: New Zealand

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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 7 - 26
  • 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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