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February 3rd 2013 - World-class destination for food & wine.  Sunday Star Times reporter, John Corbett, reports that Central Otago is a world class destination for wine and food touring and was smitten with Speargrass Inn...

"If Speargrass Inn was located in the US or England, it would probably have its own TV show and legions of devoted followers".  View full article here.

September 7th 2012 - Speargrass has reopened after the winter break.  Check out our new spring menu. The courtyard pavers have been repaired and have now been replaced with flat concrete tiles.

Fri 20th September 2013

Ron Esplin Art Exhibition Launch, 6pm. Sponsored with Hinton's vineyard. Complimentary glass of wine, nibbles and chance to view Ron's works first.
Sat 14th September-

Celebrating Scottish Week with a “Clan Gathering” – , 6:30pm. Bookings essential
Autumn Events 2013

Friday the 5th and
Saturday 6th of April 2013

Speargrass Beerworks Dinner – 5 courses matched with 5 beers, including

Wanaka Beerworks NEW autumn brews, Jay Cee, Nun and Oompa Loompa!

So popluar we are now holding it on the Friday and Saturday!

Sorry we are now Fully Booked- 3/04/2013

$65pp (beer incl), $45 (no beverage match). 6:30pm
Sunday 12th of May

Mothers’ Day- Bookings essential!
Saturday 18th of May

Hinton's Estate Wine Dinner - 5 courses & 5 wines, 6.30pm.

Features the Riesling, Rose, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and the award winning 2007 Estate Pinot Noir. Reserve your table today, filling up fast!
Saturday 8th and 15th of June 2013

Mid Winter Christmas Dinner - Traditional Christmas fare with a Speargrass twist enjoyed by the roaring fire surrounded by holly, tinsel and a dash of Christmas spirit. 6.30pm.

Confit of pork and apple
with crusty ciabatta bread
Parma Ham Wrapped Turkey Stuffed
with Leaning Rock sour cherries and spinach
Spiced Chocolate Steamed Pudding
with brandy custard

Bookings essential!
Sunday 16th of June 2013

Last day of the season!

We will be closed for a winter break from;
Monday 17th of June and reopen in Spring on Thursday the 12th of September

SUMMER EVENTS - Jan/Feb 2013

Kick back & relax wiht live music & local country fare at its best this summer.

Enjoy live musicians playing in our expanded courtyard (11:30-2pm), fresh produce stall, inspiring art by local artists & delicious all day menu.
New Year's Day -

Les Richardson (jazz )
Sun 6th January -2012

Maria Affleck (violinist)
Fri 11th January -2012

Jan Rasmussen Art Exhibition Launch, 6pm. Sponsored with Hinton's vineyard. Complimentary glass of wine, nibbles and chance to view Jan's works first.
Sun 20th January 2012-

Vanuatu Boys
Sun 3rd Feb 2012-

Jo Little & Jared Smith (Guitar & soulful harmonies)
Thurs 14th Feb 2012-

Valentine's Day. Open for evening dining. Book now as filling fast
Sun 17th February 2012-

Alistair Monteath
Fri 1st March 2012-

Neil Lusher's 1st solo exhibition, 6pm in the cafe . Complimentary glass of wine, sponsored with Hinton's vineyard and nibbles on arrival. This is your chance to view and purchase Neil's works first or make a night of it and stay for dinner! bookings available from 7pm onwards.

Download poster (pdf file) here


At the end of a long cold day, a gold miner wanted nothing more than to return to a warm home filled with the aroma of baking bread, and slow cooked wild rabbit in the oven and apple crumble. We have created a menu reflecting the food a miner would have enjoyed in their day. Grab some friends together and join us for an evening back in their time.
ART @ SPEARGRASS - January 2012

View Central Otago artists painting in our gardens. Meet them in person & view their raw talents. Enjoy live music & the delcious country fare

From New Years day summer produce & live music are back at Speargrass Inn.
Every Sunday during January & February join us for long lazy brunch/lunches with live musicians in our courtyard. Fresh breads, homemade chutneys, sauces, jams and local stone fruit will be available.
Farmers Markets have been scaled back this summer, but they’ll be plenty of delicious delights on offer to fill your kitchen pantry.
VALENTINES WEEKEND - 14th February 2012

Chef Joel has designed a delicious 3 course meal which includes a free beverage. Make a night of it and stay the night in our elegant ensuite rooms. Call Rebecca & book your table today
DUCKS DAY OUT - May 2012

Normally first weekend of May. This is a great day out for the ladies, while the men head for the maimais. Meet a MasterChef NZ finalist, enjoy a delicious brunch, shop, gossip & relax! Includes brunch wiht bubbles, beaitiful exhibits & a Guest Speaker

Join us for a fun day of beautifuil exhibits, new season fashions & delicious country fare.

BRUNCH menu servied all day with bubbles. Snack & full menu options also available.

FASHION SHOW featuring new season fashions from 103 The Store & hairstyles by Bellisimo