New Zealand’s unique new wilderness restaruant accessible by helicopter or 4WD only
Deep in the heart of New Zealand’s central North Island, bordering the vast Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks, is a remote and beautiful farm and conservation project, Blue Duck Station, and on its highest ridge – accessible only by chopper or four-wheel drive – is New Zealand’s most unique new restaurant: The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station.
The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station is an extraordinary dining experience orchestrated by up-and-coming British chef Jack Cashmore.
Jack brings his passion for taste and knowledge of cuisine from time spent at two Michelin-starred establishments – Sat Bains (Nottingham) and In de Wulf (Dranouter, Belgium), and as head chef at Anglo in London. Before In de Wulf closed in 2017, it had featured in several of the top global restaurant lists.
The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station is remote, refined and celebrates the land. The aim is to have the restaurant fully sustained by the 7200 acres of Blue Duck Station.
Jack’s 10-course degustation menu is largely inspired by and sourced from the wild and beautiful station using only sustainable products such as foraged native ingredients like the wood ear mushrooms and the herbal and floral dish known as ‘Rosemary’s Garden’ along with farm meats.
The stripped-back and unique fine dining experience under the starlit sky at Blue Duck Station will reward diners with stunning views of the Tongariro and Whanganui national parks where the triple volcanic peaks of Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe reveal themselves on a clear day. In the stillness of the summer evening shy native wildlife – such as native bats, kiwis and glow worms – can be seen and heard.
The current restaurant is a pop-up version of what is to come from The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station. The pop-up dinners are hosted during this summer season and will run until 9 March 2019. A new permanent restaurant will be constructed in the same location over this winter and will open its doors for summer 2020.