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Rotorua Matariki Dish Challenge 2022

Rotorua, the North Island town set on the stunning lake of the same name is renowned for its geothermal activity and Māori culture and now its food celebrating both these.

This Winter celebrate Matariki and be dazzled by the region’s culinary stars.

Rotorua Matariki Dish Challenge
2022 Entries

Vote for your favourite dish below!

Peppers on the Point - Aotearoa Basket

From Tipuānuku-Land Southern Pure Eye fillet, topped with Ohiwa Black Diamond fresh truffle, grown in unique volcanic soils, accompanied by crayfish tail, from the Waitā-Sea, Pekepeke Kiore mushroom from Tony Smith curator of gourmet mushrooms of the Whakatane region, Bacon croquette, served with a light café jus

Wine Match
Villa Maria: McDiarmid Hill Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2020

$59
214 Kawaha Point Road, Kawaha Point, Rotorua 3010

River's Catch- Whitu

Pickled New Zealand mussels, Treetops lodge Manuka honey and eggplant hummus, Lux organics purple potatoes on Rewana flat bread 

$15
14D Pandora Avenue, Sunnybrook

Fat Dog- Matariki Eggs Bene/ Matariki Hua Bene

Your choice of either:  Katikati Smoked Kahawai OR Seasoned Sous Vide Pork Belly.

Served with free range poached eggs, set on Aunty Ma’s handmade rēwena bread, topped with a Kinaki Wild Herb kawakawa infused hollandaise, then finished with a watercress oil & tips.  Served with Fat Dog’s own homemade rosti.

$25

1161 Arawa St, Rotorua

Fainting Goat- Land & Sea Gourmet Pizza / Pita Kaimoana Whenua me te Moana

Creamy garlic New Zealand green-lipped mussels, Katikati Fisheries smoked kahawai, sous vide bacon hock with a tomato and Kinaki Wild Herb’s karengo sauce base. Finished with a watercress aioli and tips.

$25 1 ft. $48 2 ft. 
1154 Arawa Street, Rotorua

Ani’s Gin Bar- Nga Taonga o te whenua

Puha pasta sheets filled with foraged mushrooms, harakeke and ricotta to make raviolo sized ravioli, tossed in a Venison Shank and horopito ragu and served with pickled pumpkin, parsnip puree and finished with crisp garnishes

$33
1161 Amohau St, Rotorua 

Regent of Rotorua- Rangi a whenua

Confit Kinaki horopito duck leg served with kumara, local foraged pickled pikopiko and wild mushroom, pea, kawakawa & herb sponge, mushroom crisp and smoked gourmet potato pebbles

Local foraged ingredients used are piko piko and kawakawa 

Paired with a delicious dry drop from Volcanic Hills Winery – the Volcanic Hills Blanc de Blanc.  

$38 ($50 incl. Bubbles
1191 Pukaki Street, Rotorua

Dukes Bar and Restaurant- He ika e Hoputia e te taura

Line caught fish with steamed Tuatua clam & green lipped mussel served on lobster bisque sauce with Kinaki Rotorua pikopiko, exotic mushrooms, hangi potato, lumpfish caviar garnished with dehydrated Kinaki Rotorua Kawakawa Crisp.

$48
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua

Poco- Moana me whenua

Lux Organics beetroot cured Warehou Tikitere Farm kumara brandade, with Kina butter, Lux Organics micro-greens, red kelp in a fragrant Pink & White gin broth. 


$27
1183 Arawa Street, Rotorua


Ambrosia- Mai te pāmu ki te pereti

He tia no Te Mamaku, he pēto‎ kākano harakeke me te kawakawa kua kohia mai Te Mamaku, he penupenu herewi, he rīwai maori kua tunu ki te hāngi, Lux whakarākai rau iti 

Mamaku venison, Kākano harekeke & foraged Mamaku kawakawa pesto, celeriac puree, hāngi purple potato, Lux micro greens

$37 
1092-1106 Tutanekai Street

Eastwood- te reme o te rangi

Wood fired pizza, Terrace Kitchen Manuka infused lamb, pizza sauce, roast purple kumara, fresh watercress, shaved Omania Farm truffles

$29
Titokorangi Drive, Rotorua

PULLMAN Hotel's Barrel & Co- Pork Boil Up and Rewena

A take on the Pork Boil Up and Rewana Flatbread with a little bit of a twist.

$25
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua


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