Forage & Feast is made possible by the help of our incredible local partners, passionate foodies just like us.
Each of our partners is personally selected as they align with the mission, vision and values of Forage & Feast and where possible offer organic, free range and spray free farming and growing. Each partner has their own foodie vision to change our perspective about food, whether they farm, grow, or make their produce and their hearts value the movement towards local, slow food
Our partners, when combined, provide an immersive culinary adventure, showcasing our wonderful region.
We are working to collaborate with more local providers, so please get in touch if you’d like to be a part of the Forage & Feast journey.
Located just a few minutes from Wanaka, a trip to the Wanaka Lavender Farm enables you to immerse yourself in the 20 acres of beautiful lavender fields, farm animals, herb & display gardens.
Enjoy a short walk through the flowers, meet their friendly farm animals and unwind over a cup of herbal tea or indulge in the lavender ice-cream, made by award-winning local ice cream producers NZ Pure Ice Cream.
After a stroll around the farm learning about lavender as a cooking herb, we will sample the many Wanaka Lavender Farm food products that are produced on site, including their Lakes Honey product.
The brainchild of local Rochana Moon, Phyto Therapy Wanaka offers naturopathic and herbal consultation, workshops and garden consultations to help people better understand our native and wild ingredients.
Rochana leads our wild foraging walks and is a
Herbalist, Naturopath & QRA Practitioner. She also holds a Bachelor of Natural Medicine and Diploma in Herbal Medicine.
Our wild walks are often a highlight for guests, exploring and understanding the amazing and abundant supply of wild medicinal and edible flora around us. As a four season town, wild foraging is very seasonal with varieties of plants flowering at different times of the year.
Phytotherapy means the use of plants and
plant products for medicinal purposes.
Glen Dene Station and The Camp
Glen Dene Station is now cared for by third generation farmers, Richard and Sarah Burdon. Nestled on the shores of Lake Hawea, Glen Dene runs Headwater sheep, Te Mana Lambs, Angus Cattle and Red Deer for Venison.
As well as sampling the station's produce, Glen Dene's sister business, The Camp, is one of our preferred lunch locations. Imagine sampling paddock to plate cooking at its freshest n the shores of Lake Hawea or nestled amid forest-like settings.
Lorne started Pirate Pickles back in 2010 when he moved back to Hawea with his wife Cherilyn, a long term local, starting off with a small veggie garden. That one small vegetable garden led to big dreams and a ‘local’ approach to business.
Pirate Pickles was formally born at the Wanaka Farmer’s market amidst the other four stalls that braved the Central Otago winter months!
Perseverance paid off, with pickle and jam varieties growing from 3 products to over 30 different lines of stock today and, all made like your granny used to make!
Today, their principles are to remain completely organic and to take nothing away from the land that isn’t replaced with other nutritious elements. A visit to this garden to pick and forage for lunch is a highlight of the day’s adventure.
Hook Lake to Plate
Hook is a unique lake to plate fishing experience. Relax with a glass of local wine or explore this unique salmon farm where you can catch your own fish, take a stroll through the various salmon ponds or try your hand at the driving range.
While time does not allow on the half day adventure, you can catch your very own Chinook salmon from their spring-fed fishing lakes then relax or explore while the team prepare it for you.
After a stretch of the legs, sit back and enjoy Hook's salmon three ways, cold smoked, hot smoked and sashimi.
More partners announced soon.
Tiaki Bees offers the chance to own your very own beehive in your own backyard. Learn about the fascinating and mysterious world of the honeybee on our visit to a working beehive. Honeybees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
This means that they help other plants grow. No food adventure would be complete without a visit to one of these hives and tastings of the honey and other local products.
Meet the founder of Tiaki Bees, Wanaka’s first beehive rental company, and hear about Barna's love and passion for this important life force.
The Butcher's Block
The Butcher’s Block and Smokehouse Wanaka opened in December 2015 with a retail store in Reece Crescent, Wanaka.
As Wanaka's only dedicated butcher, their locally-farmed beef, lamb and venison is a regular feature on our food adventure menus.
On some adventures we visit one of the local farms that supplies the Butcher's Block, showcasing true paddock to plate dining.
More partners announced soon.