Introducing Keryn & Simon Matthews. Together we own and run (sometimes literally) Wild On Waiheke, Wild Estate Vineyard and Waiheke Island Brewery. It all comes together nicely in a relaxed style alfresco restaurant resembling a giant outdoor garden bar. It’s a place to chill amongst our vines. Relax and enjoy cracking food while contemplating a sedate game of petanque. The wild at heart however can take up their bows and skewer bullseyes on the archery range or slaughter great flocks of virtual pigeons on a laser claybird shoot amongst our vines.
Our motto is we work real hard and at the end of the day we love to have a good time! Wild on Waiheke's all about combining work and fun, promoting a well-earned break from the daily grind. It’s relaxed and casual, caters to everyone from families to corporates to stags to friends. You can even come on your own, and dogs are more than welcome!
We love to use fresh, local products wherever possible, support the local talent by occasionally providing free music entertainment, and all the wonderful little businesses’ which make this Island such a wonderful place to live.
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Head Chef Brendon Harris has been chefing since 1998, coming up to his 30th year. He worked 10 years in London, 3 years in a Heritage Hotel in Scotland, and many years running some well-known and sizeable establishments in Auckland. Falling in love with Waiheke Island, he enjoys the work/life/family balance a vineyard restaurant offers. When you talk of many great restaurants, he’s more than likely worked there. Whilst his immense talent covers all styles of cooking, his real passion is good honest food, which fits right in at Wild on Waiheke, where everything is made from scratch, it’s uncomplicated and pairs extremely well with our boutique beer and wines.
Steve's our trusty Bar manager. He knows EVERYONE. He probably even knows your pets, your cousins and your step brothers kids. Especially if they come from America where he's either been or worked in every bar in the US, and if he doesn't know them he'll certainly know where they've come from.
Steve's one of our longest standing members, and reckons he'll be here longer than we will! He loves making cocktails and makes the most amazing mojito's, and even introduced the Bloody Caesar to our list (gotta try it)! He's one person who without a doubt truly loves his work!
Did you know our crew won Best in Customer Service at the Westpac Business of the Year Awards? We were best in Auckland Central, which is a massive feat!
Don't be fooled - these guys may make it look easy, but it's hard work and suits reliable people who love to work within a team. Many people love it so much they come back year after year. If you're interested, simply send your CV to our Restaurant Manager at email@example.com
We were so excited to be voted Lonely Planet's 'Must do on Waiheke' we had to take out the people who mattered the most - our awesome staff! So we celebrated next door at Stonyridge for the Melbourne Cup Races. Don't they look lovely - we actually had trouble recognising each other in our glad rags. They certainly scrubbed up well after ditching the aprons and WOW shirts!
Here's some of the crew from 2014 trying out our cool new tattoos of a giant squid drinking (aka sinking) a Baroona.
We miss you guys - we just know you'll be back!
Meet Marmite, our mascot at Wild Estate. Marmite loves marmite (go figure) as well as chasing balls, finding balls, running after balls, and balls. He also like dog biscuits, visitors, and big bounding walks around the vineyard. He's a bit of a flirt at times, and often found laying on extra 'cuteness' for the ladies.
Marmite's a Spoodle (cross between a Spaniel and a Poodle) and loves his country life on Waiheke Island.