One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well’ – Virginia Woolf
I think we would all agree with Virginia Woolf’s quote and there is nothing better than sharing food with the one you love. So if you are looking for a romantic spot for your valentine this year, we have some suggestions which might just be the ticket to creating a memorable Valentine’s Day celebration.
Overlooking the natural beauty of Hobson Bay, Ampersand Eatery would be an idyllic spot to spend Valentines Day. They boast a fabulous menu full of fresh seasonal dishes with an interesting drinks list with perfect flavours to match their delicious food. Their BBQ lamb shoulder with balsamic, cranberry and cauliflower forms a flavoursome platter to share with your Valentine and is full of fresh tastes and textures.
The Waihi Beach Hotel is an icon of this small seaside town. Located a brisk walk from Waihi Beach, the Bistro offers a wonderful dining experience with a varied menu including fresh produce straight from their kitchen garden. Why not spend a night or two and book in to one of the recently refurbished rooms? Stay a few days and soak up all the sights on offer in this gorgeous region and with plenty of mouth-watering options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner you will certainly have dined well by the time you head home.
If your valentine happens to be a lover and collector of wine, then this would be the ultimate place to take them! Situated in the heart of the Cuba Street precinct, Nobel Rot boasts a wine list with over 500 wines by the bottle and 100 by the glass. From beginners to the true wine connoisseur they cater to all tastes and budgets. With an award-winning chef heading up the kitchen team, you can be assured their food can be perfectly matched to the best wine, and we all know how well a good wine match goes down when eating New Zealand beef and lamb.
For the ultimate romantic getaway, a boat trip and overnight stay at the Bay of Many Coves would have to go on your bucket list! Set in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves offers luxury accommodation and fine dining. This is one of the few locations in the world where you can relax and discover the true romance of nature, from the beautiful untouched native bush down to the tranquil shoreline of the bay. Foredeck Restaurant offers exquisite food in a romantic candle-lit setting where your evening of wining and dining will linger with you for a very long time to come.
A slice of France right here in New Zealand, Akaroa could well be the most romantic place in the country to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You will be entranced by its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food. Award-winning, The Little Bistro likes to focus on providing sustainable, local and seasonal bistro cuisine which highlights their connection to Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.
For a sophisticated fine dining experience, Bacchus Wine Bar is not to be missed if you are spending Valentine’s Day in Dunedin. The restaurant occupies one of the town’s oldest and most striking buildings with its old world and elegant charm setting the scene for a romantic candlelit dinner. With a whole wall dedicated to their collection of twenty Beef and Lamb gold plates you will be guaranteed an excellent dining experience. They have a strong focus on fine cuisine and have sourced wines from around New Zealand and the world to match.