It was the winter of 2008 when our family left Waiheke Island and headed north to Kerikeri searching for a new business to buy or start a fresh.
We did not need to look any further than the beautiful award-winning sub-tropical gardens of Wharepuke to realise the old American army barrack the Booth family had moved onto the site was perfect for a restaurant and the rest is history.
In the middle of November 2008 we opened our cafe/restaurant, and our success has exceeded our expectations.
Chef owners Colin Ashton and Rachael Goldfinch are supported by sets of parents. Bill, Colinʼs dad, is an executive chef of 42 years. His mum Pat is highly qualified at ʻfront of houseʼ. Rachaelʼs Dad is the organic gardener on site, and produces fresh salad greens and micro greens on a daily basis. Rachaelʼs mum, Val, is marketing manager and helps with ʻfront of houseʼ. We surround ourselves with other experienced staff to help make your dining experience the best in Northland.
Colin trained in Wales under his father and then Gary Rhodes in London. He has travelled extensively, working in Greece, Thailand, The Cayman Islands, and Australia to mention a few. Colin travelled America and Europe with Shania Twain and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, providing food for the stars and their crew.
European- and Thai-inspired cuisine was chosen because of Colinʼs experience and talent in this field. We have also winners of the Cafe awards, Northland’s best cafe of the year, the hospitality awards and Northland's Matariki awards best cafe of the year.
We invite you to experience the Wharepuke destination. Stay in one of the 5 cottages, walk the award-winning sub-tropical gardens, and visit the Art Gallery. Non-toxic print maker Mark Graver lives on site, and his work and other international artists' work is on display.
If you are visiting Northland and in particular Kerikeri, we are situated just before the historic Stone Store. We invite you in for a delicious meal, be it lunch or dinner in our alfresco tropical setting.