Tastes of Nature – Cooking Demonstration and Lunch


All prices are shown in New Zealand dollars and include GST.

To dine at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is to savour the tastes of nature, let our chefs show you how to select,cook and present a seasonal menu with lots of versatility to add your own elements.

Don your walking shoes and invest in your wellbeing as you gather produce from the Estate organic gardens and wild areas.  Then join chef in the Moraine Lodge kitchen for a unique cooking class focused on the creation of a ‘tastes of nature’ 2 course meal based on seasonal herbs and plants that you have gathered, then languish over a truely fresh, nutritious and delicious lunch.

Here is a chance to ‘pick chef’s brains’ about your particular food interest and the cuisine at the Retreat.




Please let us know the date(s) you would like to have the cooking demonstration and lunch. We will be in touch to confirm with you.

"During your cooking demonstration Rafa and I wanted to show people how simple it can be to make a showstopping centerpiece for any dinner party with a few tricks and chef hacks.  After this masterclass you will confidently be able to put together an amazing feast for your friends and whanau without the stress. We will be giving you our very own methods for selecting, cooking and presenting the seasonal menu teaching you how to cook it perfectly without fail. We look forward to seeing you there to enjoy a long lunch together over a couple of drinks in the courtyard at Moraine Lodge", Chef Tom.

Starting with a cooking demonstration by the Retreat Chefs, then languishing over the resultant cuisine which is healthy, elegant and cooked from scratch from local produce.  Wine match suggestions (wine not included) from our carefully curated wine cellar are presented to you.  After lunch or between courses, stroll around the Lodge environs or try your hand at a friendly game of croquet on the lawn.  Moraine Lodge overlooks the Ben Ohau mountain range and tawny Mackenzie Farmscape.

Venue: Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat | 2 ½ hours | Minimum charge of 4 people | $145 per person.

The cooking demonstration and delicious lunch is included in the tariff.  Please request the date you wish to book your demonstration and lunch at purchase.

Free parking onsite.

A cash / EFTPOS bar is available.

Moraine Lodge is located at Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, 86 Mount Cook Road (SH80), Lake Pukaki 7999. We are just 860 metres from the SH8 and SH80 intersection.