Breakfast at The Lodge


We believe you should start your day with a healthy, freshly prepared breakfast, from fresh fruit salads with organic yoghurts and freshly baked bread, to eggs benedict or roasted mushrooms with lemon crème fraiche. Or maybe something simple like croissants with home made preserves. The choice is yours, so enjoy your breakfast at leisure and have as little or as much as you want!

Part of our vision for Astelia Lodge is to grow much of our own food so that we can offer guests a fresh ‘taste' of New Zealand. What we do not produce ourselves, we endeavour to source locally. And if it's meat and eggs or dairy, we try to buy organic or at least free range. Like you probably do, we want to know where our animal products come from and what sort of lives they have.

Sample breakfast menu

  • Oat pancakes with seasonal fruits and real maple syrup
  • Continental breakfast, with croissant, blueberry danish and home made preserves
  • Bacon & eggs, any way you like
Our choice of breakfast varies from time to time. We will send you the current menu shortly before your stay. If you have any allergies or particular requests please do mention them well in advance.

Dinner at The Lodge

Thinking of staying in one night for an evening meal? It's our pleasure to cook for you. We offer a three course evening meal by arrangement.

Menu choices vary by the season, so please contact us a few days in advance and we'll send you the current menu. We like to make sure everything is freshly available.

An entree, main course and dessert is $70 per person, and includes an after dinner espresso or selection of teas.

We also keep a small selection of good New Zealand wines for purchase.



Please note, we require 48 hrs notice for dinner bookings.

Sample Dinner menu

Our menu varies throughout the year. Please download the current menu in PDF form below.

Vegetarian Food


At the Lodge, we believe food is food! And so vegetarian food is as much part of the menu as is meat and fish. It's not an 'option' or an 'alternative' choice. It's what we do, with as much care and attention to taste and presentation as anything else we might provide for you.  A meat free dish is simply another dish that may appeal to you, and a lot of our dinner guests frequently choose a vegetarian meal simply because it looks and tastes good!

Having said that, if you are a vegetarian, here are some things you like might like to know about the way we prepare food.

Our vegetarian dishes are designed around vegetables, pulses, grains, cereals and proteins such as Quinoa and Soya, and may also include dairy and egg products. 

All non meat meals are prepared with separate boards, knives and implements, so you can be sure the same spatula used to fry bacon hasn't been used to turn your oatcakes!

For all our meals, we try to buy organic if we can, or at least free range. Seasonally, many of the vegetables and fruits are from our own garden, and while not certified as organic, they are grown with a minimum of fuss and chemical intervention.

Gluten free Orange & Almond cake

Recipe

Ingredients
Specials 2 large navel oranges, (choose oranges with unblemished skins as the whole fruit is used in this recipe) 5 eggs 1 1/4 cups (250g) caster sugar 2 1/2 cups (250g) ground almonds 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder* Pure icing sugar to serve

Method
Notes Step 1 Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line the base of a heart-shaped pan. Step 2 Place the two whole oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, ensuring that the oranges remain covered with water. Drain and cool. Chop the oranges into quarters, discard any seeds, then place the chunks into a blender and puree until smooth. Step 3 Beat the eggs with the sugar until thick, then add the orange puree, ground almonds and baking powder and mix well. Step 4 Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour. Leave the cake to firm up in the pan for 20 minutes then turn out, remove the baking paper and turn over to finish cooling right way up. This cake definitely mellows with a little time and can be prepared up to 48 hours in advance. Step 5 To serve, sift icing sugar on top and decorate with orange zest and almonds.

Source Fresh Living - April 2005 , Page 49 Recipe by Robyn Russell


Our policy on waste. It's a circle of life thing!

Very little is wasted at the Lodge.

Glass, plastics, and so on, are all recycled.

Very little food is thrown away. Vegetable peelings and any uneaten fruit is fed to the Donkey and Alpacas, or if not suitable it goes on the two stage compost facility and ends up back on the vegetable patch which provides much of our produce for the year.

Any uneaten meat scraps go to our specialised waste recycling units, Daisy & Sid!