That place you can go for brunch. 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.
Infusing all the flavours of Summer. Fuzzy peach with a sweet aroma. $6.50
Incredibly refreshing and moreish. A favourite for good reason. $6.50
Tropical notes of passionfruit, with warming cinnamon.
A perfect blend. $6.50
Sweet or Spicy $5
Decaf, Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Extra Shot, Flavoured Syrups $1
Served with Vanilla Ice Cream $9
Irish, Baileys, Tia Maria, Grand Marnier, Kahlua $14
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.
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.
This is champagne at its finest, as inspired today as it has always been, the embodiment of elegance and purity. Cristal is made according to the strictest criteria. Only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the House’s ten most celebrated crus are used in the production of this legendary cuvée. Tasting is believing. Bottle $670 Region Reims, France
Complexity on the palate, pleasing to the nose. Initial notes of fruit are followed by more discreet aromas of brioche and vanilla when the wine is allowed to age in the bottle. Toasty gold finesse. Bottle $130 Glass $21 Region Reims, France
Bursting with ripe passion fruit and citrus aromas, this full bodied sparkling Sauvignon Blanc shows excellent length and flavour. Bottle $65 Glass $14 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
This sparkling Rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir has a delicate salmon colour and is light and refreshing with subtle strawberry
and cherry aromas delicately balanced with toasty yeast and brioche characters, well balanced acidity with a creamy rich finish. Bottle $47.50 Glass $9.50 Region Gisborne, New Zealand
This effervescent Cuvée of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of crisp apples, grapefruit and strawberries
combined with delicate brioche characters and a naturally balanced acidity to produce the aromatic aperitif style sparkling wine.
Bottle $47.50 Glass $9.50 Region Gisborne, New Zealand
This is a Wither Hills single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc well worth singling out. A dry mineral palate full of ripe Melon, tropical fruit layers, with intensity and texture supported by an elegant and refined acidity, with gooseberry and citrus aromatics. Bottle $65 Glass $13.50 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
This is a ripe tropical fruit Sauvignon Blanc in a typical Marlborough style. The wine displays gooseberry flavours
Intermingled with dried hay, then finishing with lingering passion fruit and rhubarb.
Bottle $60 Glass $12.50 Region Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Passionfruit, toasted pinenut, dill and citrus zest aromas come together to form a delightful nose. The palate is light on its feet, mineral and long, with focused acidity and great overall balance. Fruit flavours linger for an age on the finish; a real winner. Bottle $52 Glass $11.50 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
The combination of fruit characters, a small amount of barrel and some wild yeast notes works to make a complex style of Sauvignon Blanc that suits a range of foods.
Bottle $49 Glass $10.50 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Fresh and zingy with a fresh fruitiness. A mineral character lends a distinctly Sancerre-like style to the wine. The fresh acid is balanced by a tiny amount of retained sweetness Bottle $45 Glass $9.5 Region Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Elegant and multi layered expressing vibrant aromatics of pear, nectarine and spice. Rich with length and depth and certainly a wine that you need to try. One of the country's best loved pinot gris. Bottle $73 Glass $15 Region Arrowtown, Central Otago, New Zealand
Lifted aromas of nashi pear, re apple, raspberry, white floral and spice follow flavors of the same, with savoury undertones. This release is a dry style which has a concentration, balance and great textures with layers of flavour. Bottle $65 Glass $13.50 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Cable Bay's latest addition. The pinot gris' nectarine, roasted almonds, jasmine and citrus aromas form an incredible bouquet. The palate is luscious, balanced and long, with lovely mineral acidity and great length. Bottle $56 Glass $12 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Soft slightly sweet wine with subtle flavours. Suggesting pear drops and lanolin. This wine has plenty of weight and a good smooth texture. The Go-to pinot gris. Bottle $52 Glass $11.50 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Lush wine with pleasantly pungent, pure flavours. A medium/dry style with a light touch. Pear, watermelon and subtle flavours. Bottle $45 Glass $9.50 Region Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
This multiple award winning Chardonnay has been fermented in French oak barriques, which gives it a summer’s stone fruit bounty, over freshly toasted brioche. A gilded crush of peach is layered over almond, pear and fig. A fine mineral touch laces around the lingering and lithe palate.
Bottle $67.50 Glass $14 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Produced by undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest winemakers, this Chardonnay has a rich butterscotch style.
It also displays ripe peach characteristics with lifted spicy elements and balanced oak. Easy to start, hard to stop. Bottle $56 Glass $12 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
A chablis style wine, with only a small part of the juice fermented in the oak. Characters of grapefruit and melon, bone dry with great length and texture.
Bottle $45 Glass $9.50 Region Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
This Riesling shows excellent concentration of cool climate, with citrus and pip fruit blossom aromas. The palate is dominated by bright red apple flavours. The wine is a medium-dry style with a lovely backbone of natural acidity. Bottle $60 Glass $12.50 Region Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
The inaugural release rose from The Ned offers up a classic bouquet of rose tinged summer berry fruits & cream, combined with a neatly rounded fleshy palate balanced by a bright, crisp acidity & a dusting of ultra-fine Pinot Noir tannin. Bottle $52 Glass $11.50 Region Marlborough, New Zealand
Pinot Noir based rose with aromas of candyfloss and creme-brulee. The palate shows toffee-apple and simmering strawberry with cherry lip-gloss. The best rose on the market. Bottle $67.50 Glass $14 Region Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand
This wine displays lots of vibrant fruit, from red cherry, raspberry to blackberry with a hint of spice underneath.
The front palate is packed with sweet bright fruit with the same red cherry and blackberry on the nose, following through to the flavours.
Bottle $73 Glass $15 Region Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
This wine exhibits a lovely mix of dark red cherry and blackberry fruits along with a hint of liquorice. Further complexity is gained from oak spice. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Bottle $67.50 Glass $14 Region Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
This wine shows vibrant spicy cherry and plum fruit aromas with hints of violets. Chocolate, dried wild thyme and delicate oak toast add to the aromatic complexity. Bottle $60 Glass $12.50 Region Central Otago, New Zealand
The Russian Jack Pinot Noir has a vibrant deep purple colour that leads to aromas full of ripe plum and raspberry with
cinnamon spice characters. Full of sweet dark fruit flavours and soft tannins, this wine has a hint of vanilla oak that adds balance and complexity to its freshness and vibrancy.
Bottle $47.50 Glass $10 Region Martinborough, New Zealand
A beautiful array of lifted fruits, including a touch of cranberry & soft jellies, subtle spice & graphite with subtle cedar & tobacco lying underneath. Simply awesome. Bottle $81 Glass $16.50 Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Porty/ Jammy aromas and a very oaky palate with jubey fruit underneath. An absolute delight. Bottle $60 Glass $12.50 Region Barossa Valley, South Australia
Intense colour with bright purple hues. Ripe black fruits with rich dark chocolate and vanillin smoky oak aromas.
Medium to full bodied palate weight, characterized by firm tannin's and a savory masculine finish. Bottle $62.50 Glass $13 Region Central Victoria, Australia
Aromas of rich dark cherries, dense mocha, chocolate flavours and supple long fruit tannins. A wine of remarkable length and elegance.
Bottle $45 Glass $9.50 Region Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
This is a seriously elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, showing an inviting array of lovely violets, red fruits, ash and minerality,
with a subtle Cabernet herbal thread.
Bottle $69 Glass $14.50 Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
This wine shows attractive brambly, blackberry-like ripe fruits along with spicy and exotic complexity. The palate is rich and textural with salivating soft tannins. Liquorice, chocolate and sarsaparilla flavours linger on the finish. Bottle $76 Glass $15.50 Region Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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.
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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