Restaurant & Functions

Opening Hours for Lunch & Dinner, Wine Tastings and Cellar Door Sales

Summer/Autumn Hours

Open for lunch & winetasting six days a week (closed Tuesdays) and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights from 6.30pm until Easter 2017.

EASTER: Open Saturday 15 April for lunch and dinner and open Easter Sunday for lunch.

Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Te Whau Restaurant and Cellar Door will be closed from 17 April until further notice.

Reservations advisable, or drop by during opening hours just for a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Group lunches/dinners available at any time, call us on 09-372-7191.

Wine Tasting

Waiheke Island vineyards are renowned for its superlative red wines – Bordeaux-style blends and more recently Syrah. Here at Te Whau we predominantly grow red varieties for our Bordeaux blend, “The Point” and have this available for wine tasting. We are a very small vineyard, one of the smallest in New Zealand and do not buy in grapes from other vineyards, so our tasting is of our own wine, which is also available for sale. Currently we have four different vintages of The Point available for tasting and purchase.

Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant

Our vineyard restaurant is located on the top level of our winery and features fresh New Zealand/Pacific Rim cuisine (click here for our current Menu) and one of the finest wine lists in New Zealand. The restaurant, which seats sixty, has spectacular views of Waiheke Island, Rangitoto and the Auckland Isthmus and includes a wine bar/tasting room facility. We also feature contemporary New Zealand art to complement the stunning contemporary architecture of the building.

Critical Acclaim

“Best Rural Restaurant, 2008, 2009 2010, 2013”

Top Ten Auckland Restaurants

Best Upmarket Bistro – Runner Up

(Metro/Emirates Restaurant of the Year Awards). – “We have no hesitation in calling Te Whau the best restaurant on Waiheke.”

“One of the {five} most memorable meals of the year” (Jerry Shriver, USA Today Dec 2007) “World Class”

Fodor’s Choice 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

“Specially Recommended” Cuisine Magazine, Best of the Best Restaurants, Regional Auckland 2006. “For visitors to the island of wine, this is a must-visit destination.”

Each year since 2002, Te Whau Vineyard Cafe has been honoured with an Award of Excellence from the prestigious New York-based “Wine Spectator” magazine as “One of the Best Restaurants in the World for Wine Lovers”. This award is made based on the strength and depth of our wine list, which features the very best of New Zealand wines, with an emphasis on mature vintages of, particularly, unobtainable Waiheke Island wines.

“One of the thirteen “Finest Winery Restaurants in the World” by Wine International Magazine, 2004, London.

“Stunning site, superior wine list emphasising island rarities, unfussy, fresh New Zealand flavours using premier league ingredients.. Five Stars Heaven – The New Zealand Herald, February 2005.”