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Elephant Hill Estate Winery

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Address: 86 Clifton Road, Te Awanga 4102, New Zealand
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Private Tour: Napier Hawkes Bay Premium Wine Tour with Lunch
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Great food and wine let down by the service.

The restaurant at the Elephant Hill vineyard is a beautiful modernist building of glass, timber floors and concrete set amongst the vines. You approach the restaurant up a much... read more

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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant at the Elephant Hill vineyard is a beautiful modernist building of glass, timber floors and concrete set amongst the vines. You approach the restaurant up a much manicured road lined with small palm trees and pass a very spectacular ‘Mongol’ Indian style statue of a trumpeting elephant. It is a superb photo opportunity. Inside to the right is... More 

Thank odnaBmaS
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had been strongly recommended to come here so had high hopes but I was bitterly disappointed! It is a beautiful location but ...... and here comes the list of improvements that could be made ..... having been to quite a few wine tastings this was POOR! It was over crowded yet I have no idea why. Served by waiting staff... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Christchurch, New Zealand
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59 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this Winery for its architecture, ambiance, fine food and excellent wines. Started with the Bluff oyster sampler plate. Favourite had to be the pineapple salsa. Entrees were the salmon and the fig dish. We both thought the salmon was just lacking some punch but pleasant enough. The fig dish was way out of my comfort zone. Was so amazing... More 

Thank NZFoodie02
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came just to try the wines... Most staggeringly average... more $$ spent on promotion than making good wine it would seem... better value in the supermarket for most wines... couple decent but more the exception than the rule... Staff too busy and just pouring the drinks rather than selling the wines Overall... ordinary

Thank BAMNZ99
Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch whilst riding around Hawkes Bay. The dining area was lovely and the food was nice but the bottle of wine we ordered with lunch was double the price that was quoted during the wine tasting. The staff member conducting the wine tasting for us appeared very disinterested and not at all engaging. Wouldn't bother stopping... More 

Thank Russell P
Auckland, New Zealand
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful place, very palatial and loved the decor. We tasted some of their fab wines. For tasting 6 wines it is $5.00 which is not charged if you spend $20 or more. We didn't eat here, you have to have a healthy budget but the restaurant was very busy and the food looked amazing. Next time we will... More 

Thank TMRussel
Hastings, New Zealand
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Exceptional dining experience for my wife and I. Decided to treat ourselves and were not disappointed with the quality of service, location, ambience, and of course the food. Chef added value by recognizing our anniversary with a little something. Great food selection. Really glad we went. Well done Elephant Hill.

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88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Do not miss this stunning location. Cellar door is beautiful & delicious wines on tasting. The restaurant has been designed & decorated beautifully to enhance the incredible food on the menu. Friendly service...loved this winery!

Thank Simone F
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Few locations match this one in NZ. Ocean views. Great staff and very friendly and efficient service. Offer matched wines. Mixed oysters were great. White fish (Hapuka) and tuna as mains were fantastic. Free wine tasting if dining in restaurant. Desserts looked amazing but we opted for cheese. Dessert wine overly sweet. Three courses plus wines around NZ $220. No... More 

Thank RobynCK
North Island, New Zealand
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48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

FABULOUS lunch here. Booking essential. Chef is Ashley Jones - the food is incredible. Lovely ambience and setting. For main I had the venison. The desserts were out of this world Bomb Alaska and coffee dessert. Definitely will be returning. Only fault I found a spelling mistake in their story of how they came to be - the mistaken word... More 


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