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“A weekend par excellence, with hosts Lance and Mary”

Out in the Styx Cafe
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: We like food, real food, real flavour and a real eating experience - no starched table cloths and silverware just solid wood furniture and the kind of food you would cook for friends coming over, not pretentious but a step up from the everyday. We are slow food advocates - meaning the food doesn't come out of a packet or tin, but is prepared and consumed with pleasure, and with friends, the way it is meant to be. The menu is chosen by Mary, according to whim and weather on the day, and served buffet style so you can have as much as you want. We are fully licensed and smoke-free, with a warm fire in winter and glorious outdoor dining in the summer.
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“A weekend par excellence, with hosts Lance and Mary”
Reviewed November 25, 2011

I have stayed at "Out In The Styx" many times now, the first few times were to do the Mangatautari Crossing, but now I just go for the hospitality and Mary's cooking. The menu is very unique and with a great selection, a must to experience. Lance also is very good knowlegeable about the surrounding attractions and Mangatautari Ecological Island, a must to visit for every New Zealander.

  • Visited November 2011
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“The perfect weekend retreat”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

This place is amazing... after a stunning day hiking through the lush native bush of Maungatautari we continued down the short walk to Out in the Styx guesthouse where we gazed back at the mountain from the luxury of the spa pool, drink in hand, absolute bliss. Followed by a delicious and hearty buffet style feast (where even the vegetarians were spoilt for choice!). The atmosphere was warm and welcoming thanks to the lovely hosts Lance and Mary. The whole experience was the perfect weekend retreat and we will definitely be back to do it all again!

  • Visited March 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Wonderful hospitality close to Waikato River Trails”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

We rather ambitiously mountain biked the Waikato River Trails from Atiamuri to Arapuni and it was with relief that we reached Out in the Styx Guesthouse and Cafe after 10 hours in the saddle. Our very convivial host Lance welcomed us and assured us that we were just in time for dinner. A quick shower ( excellent en-suite bathroom) and we were enjoying a beautiful meal of fresh ingredients ( and a cold beer!), Mary's raspberry , chocolate and lemon torte and the passionfruit and peppercorn icecream were superb.
In the morning we biked up to Maungatautari ecological island and walked through wonderful primeval native forest to the viewing platform where kaka flew around us. Back to Out in the Styx for a hearty breakfast before biking the rest of the River Trail and beyond.
Lance and Mary are very warm and welcoming and we hope to come back and hike over Maungatautari Mountain.

  • Visited November 2011
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North Shore City, New Zealand
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“fantastic place to stay and the food is the very best.”
Reviewed November 19, 2011

32 golf ladies stayed for two nights and had a wonderful time. We played three local golf courses and Lance and family supplied the very best breakfasts and dinners. All the ladies visited the fenced sanctury to see the birds and six of the lucky ladies were able to see five kiwis in one visit. The kiwi's were being caught to be transported to another place.
The hospitality shown to all the ladies was great and its not easy pleasing 30 odd ladies of varying ages. I know that a few of the ladies are planning to return with family.

  • Visited October 2011
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A place to remember...what a treat!”
Reviewed November 17, 2011

I traveled to Out in the Styx with many of my golfing friends for a long weekend. We were treated like royalty. Nothing was a problem. Everything was laid out efficiently and in a relaxed setting, the meals....dare I say I'm salvitating now, were a real taste sensation!. Cannot believe you would experience meals like this. They catered for every diet and taste. The acommodation was perfect for all of our group, and again, comfortable, clean, tidy. The views together with the beautiful well tendered gardens made for a a real getaway experience!.
Would recommend for groups and weddings and special get togethers. We'll be back that's for sure!

  • Visited November 2011
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