Thistle Inn

Go on an historic and culinary journey at one of the oldest establishments in New Zealand.


Events - October 1 - 31

180 Years - Cheers!

Crack the lid off a flagon and bring your dancing shoes! 180 years standing tall is no small feat and this night will be a special night in celebration of the Thistle Inn’s long history.

Be welcomed with a special collaboration beer by Parrotdog Brewery which will be released on the night, and take home a commemorative crate bottle as a memento. Visit a selection of stations featuring delicious food and beverages including Awatoru Wildfood, Mushroom House and Scotties Meat.

The renowned Rimutaka All Stars Dixie Swing Band, famous for their lively New Orleans style sounds of dixie, trad and swing jazz, will have you toe-tapping and entertained all night long. Join this celebration of an iconic Wellington venue.

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Various times throughout October

Oct 17, 8:00pm - 11:30pm

Price: $89

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Hyper Local

At a time when we are being encouraged to keep local the Thistle Inn is doubling down and going hyper-local. Join them for a night of gastronomy featuring wild New Zealand food, local beverages and meet some of the sustainable suppliers including Awatoru Wildfood, Randwick Meats, Scottys Meats, Fish Factory, Palliser Estate Wines and Parrotdog who provide our produce.

Start your night with carefully crafted kiwi canapés matched with a local bubbly. Or some local charcuterie hanging and sliced to order. Local suppliers, winemakers and brewers will be on hand so you can hear straight from the source. Followed by a long table five-course dinner menu in our private dining room: wild game pie, pork and pāuā sausages, a cray and groper head boil up, wild venison loin and other local delicacies. All courses will be matched with a local wine or beer and to finish the night off indulge in some Wellington chocolate matched with Ruahine Port lounging around the fireplace.

    *Cannot cater to dietary requirements


Various times throughout October

Oct 07, 6:00pm - Late

Price: $159

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Feed your brain and body with quality food, wine and education, and dine like the longest living people on the planet!

The Thistle Inn looks beyond incredible food and explores a dining experience based around the eating habits of some of the world's longest living people.

Teaming up with wellness expert, Carl Hammington, to bring diners locally foraged ingredients, fermented foods and local organic wines, presented alongside discussions on the health benefits of each course. Carl will explore key factors that influence a healthy, long life, drawing on his in-depth interviews with longevity experts and his own personal research.

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Various times throughout October

Oct 14, 7:00pm - Late

Price: $149

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Dine - October 1 - 11

That Old Chestnut

Awatoru Wildfood short loin venison, parsnip, chestnut puree, herb emulsion, porcini candied chestnuts and jus.

  • GFGluten Free

Price: $34

Availability: Lunch & Dinner

Burger - October 12 - 31


Short rib and rump beef patty with bacon, cheddar, pickles, whiskey sauce and spicy aioli in a beef jus-soaked Zaida's challah bun.

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Garage Project Beer Match: Noon Juice

Price: $22 / with Garage Project beer $30

Availability: Lunch & Dinner