Haere mai and welcome to a special dinner to celebrate Puanga – the Māori New Year.

SOLD OUT. We are sorry this event is now sold out. If you would like to join our waitlist please contact our events manager on events@novotelnewplymouth.com

Puanga is a time to gather cherished ones to reflect on the present, celebrate the past, and plan for the future. This Puanga, Haukai Bistro & Bar will present an immersive gastronomic evening, hosted by Taranaki Iwi CEO, Wharehoka Wano.

Echoing the ethos of love for the land and respect for the sea, Haukai Bistro & Bar Executive Chef Richard Ponder, has crafted a menu designed around the stars from the Puanga cluster. This divine degustation will be exquisitely matched with local wines, for an option of a wine & food paired dinner for those who want the full experience.

This extraordinary six-course degustation will create an unforgettable and magical evening of celebration and culinary indulgence.

When: Wednesday 26th June 2024

Time: 6pm

Price: Six Course Degustation  | $129 per person SOLD OUT

Wine match: enjoy a wine carefully selected to match to each course | $50 per person

Dine & Stay Package Options  SOLD OUT

Option One | Two tickets to the six-course degustation, a night’s stay in a Studio room for the night of the 26th June, with two full buffet breakfast the following morning | $399

Option Two | Two tickets to the six-course degustation, both with wine matching, a night’s stay in a Studio room for the night of the 26th June, with two full buffet breakfast the following morning | $499


(Please note due to the nature of this event, we cannot cater for any dietary requirements)

Smoked eel on toast | quail lolly pop | kina croquette
He tuna i pawatia i mētia ki runga tōhi | he ngotengote pope koera | he keke kina


Charcoal kawakawa cured kingfish | horseradish | finger lime
He haku i totehia ki te kawakawa pungarehu | tinitia | Raima matimati


Boil up broth | crispy dough boys | bacon & duck terrine
Wai kōhua | He motumotu i paraitia | He tērini pekana me te rakiraki


Aged beef scotch | harakeke & barley | celeriac | smoked pistachios
Mīti kau pakeke nei | He parare me te harakeke | herewī | he pīnati pītāhia i pawatia


Hāngī lamb two ways | kumara puree | watercress | pork skin | mint
He reme i hāngia takiruatia | he kumara wairanuranu | he wātakirihi, he kiri poaka | hīoi


Mānuka caramel ganache| manuka mousse | horopito jelly | orange sorbet
He tiakarete wairanuranu manuka | he mūeha manuka | he tiere horopito | he tororē karaka



Tahia tahia te tau ki te pō

Ko Puanga te kaipūranga i ngā mate 

Ko Puanga te whetū taki o te tau

Tīhei mauriora


Puanga acknowledges those who have passed during the year, we farewell them.

Puanga signals the arrival of winter and the new year.

Puanga is the time to spend with whānau around the fire giving thanks for the recent harvest,

sharing stories, waiata, genealogies and making plans for the warmer months.


Terms & Conditions

Bookings are essential. R18 only. No refunds after 19th June.

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