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“Good food in relaxing setting”

Marsden Estate Winery
Ranked #5 of 39 Restaurants in Kerikeri
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $30
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Biggar, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
771 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 817 helpful votes
“Good food in relaxing setting”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Situated not far from the Bay of Islands airport and Kerikeri this was an ideal stop-off point for us for lunch following a scenic flight.

The building is quite large as is the car park but we still had some difficulty finding a space due to a combination of (others) bad parking and the fact that it was fairly busy.

There were plenty of room indoors however on a warm, sunny day most visitors were out on the terrace overlooking the garden, pond and vines and fortunately we got a table there too.

Service was pleasant and we ordered a glass of their Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris to accompany a fish special of the day, served with potatoes and spinach. The menu wasn’t huge but nevertheless we both saw other possible choices for mains. For dessert we had the Prune Tart and a Crème Brulee.

The food and wine were very enjoyable as was sitting on the terrace admiring the grounds. (When a breeze got up a canvas frame which surrounded the area was partly pulled across to shield guests from the wind but still permitting dining al fresco). After the meal we had a wander around the grounds which extend into the vines alongside.

Our bill totalled $88 for food and $18 for the wine which was bordering on the expensive side but taking account of the quality and setting probably justified.

  • Visited November 2013
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lovely Setting”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

From the outside the building looks like a large Swiss Chalet, it is really appealing. Inside is elegant with a lovely atmosphere. The staff and owners are always helpful and always smiling.

Vegetarian meals are limited, but if not too busy the chef will offer to make something different. Overall a very nice experience and a 'must visit' for those coming to the Bay of Islands.

Visited May 2014
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Reigate, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

It might be 4* for Kerikeri but only 3* for New Zealand. 90% of the grapes that are bottled there are brought in from other vineyards. We thought that they were expensive in comparison to other sites in NZ. However the Rose was reduced in price because it was the last few bottles and was excellent with lunch.
The restaurant setting was delightful and you were not hurried out. But unfortunately 2 errors were made with the order............one being due to an error on the blackboard listing the Specials of the day. However, it was good once it had been corrected.

  • Visited February 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Always great food and atmosphere”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is my favourite place in Kerikeri ....sitting on the grape vine covered terrace, looking out over the vinyard and the pond, sipping fabulous Pinot Gris and enjoying a fabulous meal served by friendly and kind people. The menu changes regularly, but the bread platter with dips has been a constant treat and the curry, when it makes its way onto the menu is great! The deserts are decadent and beautifully presented ... and of course, there is a Marsden Estate wine to go with every dish. Try the award winning Pinot Gris or the Black Rocks Chardonnay - you can't go wrong. Cindy, the owner, and Terry, the fabulous head waiter, are kind, funny and most accommodating. Always a treat! A must for anyone going to Kerikeri! Thank you for all the fabulous lunches!

  • Visited November 2013
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Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Superb wines and great hospitality”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

I visited the Marsden winery with my mum from the Waikato and my Uncle from the UK. I was driving so they could enjoy the amazing local wines on offer and Cindy, the owner, was very accommodating and shared her knowledge and passion of the wines with us.

The Pinot Gris was the star for us, a beautiful white wine and on the reds, the Syrah, was our favourite.

Well worth visiting, just like the beautiful little town of Kerikeri.

  • Visited May 2014
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