5 places to dine after the Bostock New Zealand Spring Racing Carnival
Exquisite food at Elephant Hill.
The Bostock New Zealand Spring Racing Carnival is well underway, with Windsor Park Plate a little over a week away and the Livamol Classic two weeks after that. Alongside the thrilling racing and beautiful fashion, maximise your raceday by having the perfect post-race experience!
Here’s our pick of the best places to dine post-event to round out your ideal raceday. Because Hawke’s Bay will be busy during the Spring Carnival, we thought we would help you to secure your bookings now! You’re welcome.
23 minute drive $$$$
Treat your group to fine dining on the beautiful Te Awanga coast. Exquisite food that is adapted to every season with a stunning view of the vineyards will end your raceday on a wave of sophistication. Elephant Hill have just been named one of the top 100 restaurants in New Zealand. Gather your friends and head along for an exceptional dining experience.
Beautiful cuisine at Bistronomy.
28 minute drive $$$
If a small journey doesn’t deter you, Bistronomy has also been named amongst New Zealand’s top 100 restaurants and is not to be missed. What greets you on arrival is worth the trek - a thoughtful and delicious menu centered around freshly sourced ingredients, coupled with an ambient atmosphere. Leave the hustle and bustle of raceday behind - this is the space to bring a small group of friends for a delicious meal after a long day of punting.
11 minute drive $$$$
Malo is the perfect post-raceday treat - innovative and delicious food that is centered around seasonal flavours. It’s stunning menu, exceptional service and sleek surroundings will cater to all people in your group, no matter the size. Finish your raceday off right and indulge in this delicious dining experience.
Reccomendation: Hawke’s Bay Lamb rump, beetroot, lentils, chèvre, hazelnut dukkha.
Seasonal dishes done well; pork belly and pan-seared market fish at Malo.
9 minute drive $$
If you’re after something a little more low key or larger group friendly, Off The Track is the place for you. With food options to cater to everyone's tastes or budget with the friendliest service, you and your friends will have the perfect environment to relax after an exciting raceday.
Recommendation: Lamb Shank - An old-fashioned lamb shank on creamy potato mash with a rosemary tomato gravy, accompanied by steamed vegetables.
7 minute drive $$
Amazing service, indoor and outdoor seating (to take advantage of Spring weather) and a comprehensive menu - everything you could possibly want after a busy day on-course! Jarks is a friendly, reasonably priced establishment close to Hastings Racecourse; the perfect place to saunter down to for a low-key ending to your on-course experience.
Recommendation: Eye Full of Beef - Eye fillet served on saffron mash with sautéed vegetables & oven roasted mushroom. Finished with red wine jus.
End your raceday on a high at one of these delicious spots - we’ll see you at Bostock New Zealand Spring Racing Carnival!