That place you can go for lunch. That place you can grab an 18 inch pizza. That place to share a sumptuous platter with friends. That place you can enjoy an ice cold beer in one of our infamous vases. That place that serves amazing cocktails. That place you can indulge in some delicious boutique wines by the glass. That place where the outside is as comfortable as the inside. That place with an open fire. That place by the sea.
Proclaimed to be one of the best places for cocktails and service that Jonathan Gold, the New York food critic of 50 years, and Pulitzer prize winner has ever visited, we take pride in constantly exceeding expectations, without taking ourselves too seriously.
Bring your mates, bring your partner, bring your family… just don’t bring any pre-conceived ideas. Designed to suit every occasion, the award winning Conservatory bar is literally full of life – it’s New Zealand’s first living bar.
“The Conservatory – it’s about living.”
Please see our specialized cocktail menu .
Four Pillars Shiraz Gin – Australia.
A Yarra Vallery shiraz grape infused gin with a clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is lovely and sweet, with long juniper, sweet and spice character finish. Served with a Mediterranean style tonic, red grapes and an orange slice garnish.
Sacred Spring Dry Gin – New Zealand.
A vapour infused 8 botanical gin that has replaced citrus with local manuka leaves, the 9th botanical being the water drawn from Te Waikoropupu Springs, currently the clearest spring in the world. ‘Pure and simple’. Aromatic tonic, almond and honey flavoured ice.
Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin – Ireland.
Locally picked botanicals from the Irish mountains and valleys. Juniper, pines, wood, rose and rain-kissed leaves hit you with the smell and taste. Close your eyes and you could be somewhere in Ireland between the herbal and floral world. Served with a crisp elderflower tonic, thyme and rosemary springs.
Hendricks Dry Gin – Scotland.
“The curious world of Hendricks” set the bar of many flavoured and varied gins we know today. Orange, lemon, rose, cucumber and elderflower on the nose and palate. Elderflower tonic and sliced cucumber create the summer garden dream.
Rogue Society Dry Gin – New Zealand.
A clean 12 botanical gin that despite the presence of many warm spices, it is citrus that dominates the flavour profile. Vibrant in the mouth and smooth but crisp on the palate. Grapefruit wedge and Indian spiced tonic complete it.
Four PIllars Spiced Negroni Gin – Australia.
A very complex gin using unique botanicals such as Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and blood orange. The taste is highly aromatic, rich and spicy. Leveled out with a light Mediterranean tonic and fresh orange slice.
Long Island Iced TeaThe Long Island Iced Tea originated in 1970's New York. The drink combines tequila, vodka, gin, white rum and triple sec blended perfectly to quench your thirst, but watch out, it packs a punch.
MojitoHavana, Cuba. The birthplace of one of our most popular cocktails. Bacardi, crushed lime, fresh mint, sugar and soda create this simple yet ultimately refreshing summertime classic. Strawberry and Passionfruit variations also available.
Espresso MartiniSmooth, silky and seductive. The perfect way to start your evening, or give yourself a wake up call using our fresh espresso coffee. Coffee and coconut sound good, go for our Coconut Rough!
MargaritaThis renowned cocktail originated sometime in the 1930's most likely created by Carlos "Danny" Herrera in Tijuana, Mexico. Tequila, triple sec and lime juice served over crushed ice.
SourIncredibly refreshing and a great way to drink your favourite liquor with fresh lemon juice, egg white to froth and simple syrup. Elegance in a glass.
Moscow MuleFirst created in 1941 by John G Martin in Manhattan, New York. Vodka with fresh ginger, lime, mint, bitter and ice cold ginger beer.
Mexican Mule also available with tequila
Old fashionedWhiskey, Orange, Bitters and Sugar.
CaipirinhaAn explosive Brazilian beauty. Cachaca muddled with fresh lime and raw sugar and shake with ice
NegroniGin, Campari, Martini Rosso.
Mai TaiRum, Grand Marnier, Pineapple, Orgeat, Lime.
SazeracAbsinthe, Rye Whiskey, Bitters
Bloody MaryVodka, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, salt, pepper and tomato juice.
Don’t stress too much if there is just a few of you, we always do what we can to find you a space. Just come on down. If there’s a few more of you, say over 6, then we’d rather you gave us the heads up, so we can organise an appropriate area. The way we look at it, it’s your gathering / party / work do etc, so however we can accommodate you, we will.
We believe the industry we’re in is called hospitality for a reason, so if it’s hospitality you want, with great food and cocktails, in a chilled environment and an awesome setting, well, then you’ve come to the right place.
Mango TangoIt doesn't get more refreshing. Absolut Mango, 1800 Coconut Tequila, lemon juice, egg white and mango puree create this summer sensation.
Pornstar MartiniOriginally created by Douglas Ankrah, this is a fruity concoction of Absolut Vanilla, Chambord, passionfruit, lime and orange juice. Perfect for a hot summer's afternoon. Served with a little baby bubbles to do whatever you please with!
Honey DewTropical, fruity and fresh. Combining flavours of coconut, melon, raspberry, pineapple and a hint of lime to cut through the sweetness. A tasty, well balanced cocktail.
Vanilla DreamCeamy and silky feel. Over 43 different ingredients to create a smooth vanilla miracle. Peppered floral finish. Crowd Pleaser
Lemon Meringue PieLike a fresh, sweet lemon meringue pie in a glass. A well-guarded secret recipe that creates your favourite torched-to-perfection liquid dessert.
Strawberry ShortcakeRefreshing and sweet. Absolut Vanilla, Chambord, fresh strawberries and pineapple juice form this delicious number.
Serving lunch, dinner, bar snacks and our infamous 18 inch pizzas. The Conservatory is able to cater for all occasions, whether a business “meeting”, lunch with friends or a bite to eat after work- we have it sussed. Prepared with love by some of the best chefs in Auckland, this is food for the soul- without damaging the wallet.
Please see below for our current food menu.
With a selection of both local and international favourites, and selected draught beers available in glasses, vases and jugs, this is the perfect place to come for a few quiet ones.
Yes, we did say vases – probably the only place you can tell your partner you only had one when you really had two.
We’ll let you work that out.
Our extensive cocktail range has been created by a multitude of professional international bartenders, combining classics & exciting flavour combinations. It’s probably one of the best cocktail lists in the country.
Because there’s something for everyone, they’re made with panache and with the final product in mind.
If you’re craving something off-menu, don’t hesitate to go and talk to our bartender’s – there’s more to what meets the eye. We’re always experimenting new recipes and need a guinea-pig customer to try our adventurous ideas on every now and again…You don’t ask, you don’t get.
The Conservatory is the first bar in New Zealand to bring on board the wines by the glass dispensers, so our customers can taste wine in its optimal state and by the glass, rather than having to buy a bottle. Our wine list is dominated by incredible New Zealand wines (undoubtedly some of the best in the world), with some quality international varietals that exude class.
We serve up perfectly matched wine with your meal. Whether you’d like to explore the taste of Marlborough with a glass of Mahi Sauvignon Blanc paired with our freshly caught Marlborough Salmon Fish Of the Day or a glass of Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo perfectly matched with our Hawkes Bay lamb loin. Whatever you fancy, don’t worry because we’ve got it covered.
Food matching isn’t just limited to wine. We are in a new age of food and beverage matching so why don’t you drop by and try the very best of North and South island craft beers with Emerson’s Pilsner on tap, alongside a few bottles from the Panhead boys and girls down in Wellington. From across the pond, the Fremantle’s infamous Little Creatures Pale Ale on tap and IPA by bottle. Then you’ll find the giants – Corona, Steinlager (Pure on tap, Classic by the bottle), Stella and a personal favourite of our bartenders, the irresistibly refreshing, Kirin Megumi.
Have a read over our extensive spirit range, too. Do you like sweet whiskey? – Got it covered. Do you like super peaty whiskey? – Got it covered. We can go on all day, I’m sure you get the point by now.
From hosting the New Zealand Rugby Union’s official pre Rugby World Cup event on the day the World Cup kicked off in 2011, to hosting Sir Richard Branson, to FIFA’s official closing party for the U20 World Cup, you could say we’ve got it covered. In fact, few do it better.
With four different areas available for events and functions – that can either be used as one area, combined or used separately, it’s very rare that we won’t be able to accommodate you. Make sure you pre-order our amazing platters & pizzas so no one in your group misses out!
Below is a brief description of the various individual areas.
Sweet Virgin Passionfruit MojitoThese virgin passionfruit mojitos are tart, sweet, and fizzy. The perfect thirst quencher.
Strawberry TomTomCucumber, strawberries, mint, orange and cranberry juice. All the right ingredients for the ideal refreshment.
Shirley TempleThis fruity concoction is a classic summer refresher, made up of orange juice, lemonade, raspberry and cherries.
Virgin MuleLight and refreshing, crisp and clean. The virgin mule combines lime juice, fresh ginger, mint, pineapple juice and soda.
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In a city surrounded by sea, there are surprisingly few places that you can actually eat, drink and kick back with a sea view. So when this spot came available it was a no brainer. The intention was to build a place that would look great anywhere in the world, be suitable for any season or occasion and serve the best drinks and food at the right prices.
The owner’s inspiration for both the design and feel was drawn from as far as the Balaeric, Canary and Greek Isles to Sydney and Melbourne. It started out as a dream and after 12 months of hard work and incredible support from great people, it became a reality.
You see, we could never understand why every bar and restaurant has to be so uncomfortable. In this industry, you literally buy chairs by the amount of hours you want people sitting in them. That’s not what we wanted. We want you to sit here all day and into the night and have everything you need to make it an amazing experience, whilst the time flies by.
That’s why you can enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner and bar snacks at the Conservatory. You can chill out with a cocktail on the waterfront, sit on a couch by the fire with a great Pinot or kick back in our massive outdoor area with an ice cold beer, a sumptuous 18 inch pizza and marvel at the living wall that is the bar. This is the first bar built like this in the world … as far as we know.
It’s classy and cosmopolitan without being pretentious. It’s where you want to go rather than feel you should go.
Whether it’s for a small gathering, a big party or just a table for two, come and chill out. We’ll be ready to look after you.
If your looking to host that unforgettable function, let us take care of you. It’s what we do.
There is no need to make a booking if it’s for under 6 people, just turn up.
“Quintessential Waterside Drinking”
The Conservatory is one of New Zealand’s first ‘living bars’, the space is true to its name with lilies and various other seasonal New Zealand fauna growing throughout the bar.
Frequented by a combination of tourists, locals and after work drinkers the bar is laid-back and relaxed, paying homage to its sunny, oceanside setting. Cocktails are served in beautiful glassware and large bespoke vases hold their beer, really bringing the garden theme to life.
The service is excellent – we were greeted by the friendly staff upon entry, seated and drink orders are efficiently taken. The menu is perfect for sharing – with a selection of small sharing plates and their infamous 18 inch pizzas. Absolutely delicious.
The Conservatory is the perfect spot for a casual bonding session with friends, or just a spot to people watch and enjoy the ocean views.
“That place to relax with a view”
The Conservatory at North Wharf is a wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with areas for lounging, dining and having a drink. It even has an outdoor open fire with views towards the sea.
Designed to suit every occasion, The Conservatory is literally full of life – it’s New Zealand’s first living bar
Heart of The City
“A Must Visit”
We’re not lying when we say The Conservatory is a must-visit spot down at Wynyard Quarter. This wine bar, cocktail bar and restaurant (yes three-in-one!) has a very relaxed atmosphere.
The Urban List
“Where the staff go out of their way to accommodate”
We visited on the first hot day of the Spring and it was packed – we were so hungry that we were reluctant to dine as it was so busy and we expected lengthy waits, bad food and no service – but we were so impressed – this place has it ALL!!
Firstly, the service was absolutely awesome, the waiter rearranged couches to accommodate us, the runners were all smiling with customers and it seemed like there was a big team to go around all the hungry patrons – we waited only a minute before our beers landed in front of us by a delightfully chirpy young runner with a pleasant ‘isn’t it a lovely day?’ – yes we thought!! Yes indeed!
We ordered potato chorizo, squid and a chicken salad to share which was probably the best meal we’ve eaten out in months – the potato chorizo was bursting with tomatoey deliciousness and had just the right amount of tangy chorizo to Balance it. The squid was soft, cooked to perfection and there was enough for both of us to share and feel satisfied and the chicken salad was all about the protein, not the usual bowl of leaves with a dusting of chicken like other places serve. It was well balanced, super tasty and was served fresh within 15 minutes.
On a hot summers day at peak service you don’t expect much but The Conservatory really impressed us and we’ll definitely be back – special mentions to ‘cherry’ and ‘jella’ the waitstaff who literally moved the place round to find a seat for us and made sure our glasses were always full – an excellent team clearly excellently managed.
Great staff – they went over and beyond when super busy to accommodate us. We made a very late booking for 9 people and was able to set up a table for us. No issues to bring a cake in for a birthday they provided us with plates at no charge which is rear these days, very impressive night. Plus we had 2 young children and they were amazing to assist in such a sophisticated adult atmosphere.
“Great food, excellent service, cool venue! Highly recommend”
If you’re on the North Wharf, you definitely have to check out The Conservatory!
The menu is full of delicious options suitable for all types of diet restrictions! We shared a pizza, a very large pizza topped with tons of meat! Also had the calamari, prawns and fish bites! Which was divine. I’m a seafood lover and boy was the seafood good. If you’re not into that kind of cuisine, they have all other types of food too. The staff that took care of us was excellent. Speedy service, great menu knowledge and great recommendations! So thank you staff!
Lastly, the drinks! They have heaps of options. From amazing cocktails to delicious wine, and Great tap beer options! Please please check this place out! Highly recommend.
Thanks again kitchen and wait staff for a memorable experience. Will definitely be back!
Trip Advisor Reviewer
Ticks all the boxes – twice in one day!”
What a gem this place is. After wandering along the Wynyard Quarter on a pleasant Autumn morning my friend and I stopped in here for a nice cold beer in the sun looking out across the water. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly with out being over bearing and was a delight to deal with. He sold us on eating lunch even though we had had a late breakfast and his recommendations were spot on. The food was fresh, delicious and looked amazing. We were so impressed we decided to bring back our other friends that night. We booked a table inside and had the same experience all over again. The manager was friendly and we were lucky to get the same young waiter again as well so the service was awesome. This was the total dining experience with everyone enjoying their food again that night. Well done guys, we will definitely be back next time in Auckland.
Trip Advisor Reviewer