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The Old Church

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199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier 4112, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8866
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Napier, New Zealand
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We have frequented this restaurant since it opened in 2008/09 (can't recall which year it was) and in the early days loved it so much we got married there in Jan 2010 whilst still in the hands of it's first owner. It is a magical fairytale wedding venue!! Since about 2011 it has had 2-3 new owners and has never... More 

Thank kristabel2016
Coromandel, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Recently went to friends wedding there.... a beautiful place for a wedding. Fantastic food, and beautiful gardens and building with loads of character. Would highly recommend.

Thank love2travel4now
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2016

Lovely setting, great spaces and a really nice vibe, Food was ok but room for improvement to move it up a notch or two.

Thank Eleanorator
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Such a lovely setting / would say to anyone going to the HB book it in Great service and lovely food - they cater for everyone needs - if you want to sit in the gardens and enjoy the sun amazing

Thank burly1126
daglish perth
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016

We went here as an Art Deco weekend event. It has great atmosphere, beautiful décor. The 3 course meal we had was very good, we had lamb which was beautifully cooked. The director, Moira, was very friendly and welcoming. We had a crooner singing and dancing after and during the courses of the meal it was a wonderful night. Only... More 

Thank munsie-mum
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

Eight of us - We experienced our first (and definitely our last) visit to the Old Church today for their advertised Easter Sunday special event. The farce of mistakes and absent offerings are too long to list but all in all a gutting experience - all the elements were there for a terrific day but it was like being served... More 

3 Thank GMRodrigues
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

EARLY March and a wedding was already booked so we were told that we would eat outside in the small marquee. A cool night meant the heaters and rugs were welcomed. A point of difference at this beautiful venue now as we ordered 2 smaller dishes for $50 rather than an entree and a main. We all thoroughly enjoyed this... More 

Thank Jo A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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426 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016

Came back here for lunch after discovering this great location 3 years ago; last time we ate in the lovely leafy garden which we arrived at after walking through the old historic church. This time we were seated to one side of the church close to the villa onsite and under a marque put up over a paved courtyard. We... More 

Thank Skin197
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Wanted to go for dinner but lunch was only avail so we decided to go ahead. No regrets. Waitress was helpful & even advised us to slow down when we ordered too much. Mussels and sirloin steak were our order and they were the best in our trip so far. Hope to be back again.

Thank Annie H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016

Wonderful experience. Great food and wine and ambience. The history is worth asking about. Really a beautiful location

Thank 707CJB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$17 - $35
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 199 Meeanee Road | Hawkes Bay, Napier 4112, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Hawke's Bay Region  >  Napier
  • Phone Number: +64 6-844 8866
The Old Church is a stunnng Hawkes Bay landmark that has been converted into a glamorous wedding and events venue. It also offers luxury boutique accommodation in the neighbouring villa. Both the Villa and the venue have been rated 5 stars by Qualmark and are perfect for weddings, events, conferences, corporate functions and parties.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?