Testimonials And Reviews

The Tirohana team very much welcomes feedback from our clients, be it positive or in identifying areas whereby we might wish to improve upon so that we can consistently pursue our objectives of providing the highest standard of service and facilities. Fortunately the overwhelming and vast majority of feedback is complimentary, confirming that our attempts at distinguishing Tirohana Estate as a unique venue is valued by our clients. And you can be sure that we very much value our clients never forgetting that they have a choice within the free market for their patronage and that all at Tirohana Estate will sincerely endeavor to provide the best quality at a fair price with the highest standard of personalized service so that our clients’ choice remains Tirohana Estate, which is becoming known as a very special venue from our clients, for which we are grateful.

Tirohana Estate warrants that the following are true and factual testimonials and just a selection of the vast number of positive comments we receive each and every day (to protect the privacy of our clients, obviously full names and locations have been withheld).

“Thanks so much for everything, you guys helped make a very special day a magical one… And that was the BEST lamb any of us had tasted, couldn’t have asked for more, please thank all the team for us (09 Classic… Yumm!!)” M Green, Greytown

“Just a wee note to say a huge thank you for the most awesome day yesterday – thank you SO much :-)” S Soloman
“Thanks Toby et al for fantastic food, impeccable service and great atmosphere! We’ll be back :-)” J Kellagher
“Thank you for a wonderful lunch today – food, wine and service were impeccable and we made it back to Wellington in time to collect the kids from school :-)” J Trass, Wellington
“Thank you Toby for the best meal and best service ever experienced. You are a treasure and we already can’t wait to come back!!” A Cooper, Masterton
“Thanks heaps Toby for hosting the Wellie Rosé Ladies last weekend – the food and rosé of course, was just totally fab. You are a wonderful host xx” K Ghent

“Assessor Comments Beef:- A well considered and beautifully executed dish, featuring deliciously tender and flavoursome fillet, described as a ‘pleasure to eat’. The generous portion of beef was nicely complemented by the well-balanced horseradish mash, and the toasted garlic garnish added lovely crunch and textural variety. Presentation was appealing and attractive, with the asparagus adding a good boost of colour, rounding off a very successful and thoroughly enjoyable dining experience overall.”

“Assessor Comments Lamb: A simple but excellent meal with the lamb rump served perfectly pink, tender, flavoursome and served nicely hot. The aligot was a pleasing point of difference. Presentation was muted but appealing, with the lamb the hero of the dish. In summary, this was a tasty meal, well prepared and highly deserving of the Excellence Award.”

” We were in the restaurant last night with a group of six others, booked through Claremont Motel, and I just had to write and say “wow”!  We were blown away by the whole evening – the meal of course was out of this world, the wine great but what made it stand out from everywhere else was the hospitality.  Being greeted on arrival and all the little extras that Tirohana provide make it a stand out and a guarantee that (a) we will rave about it to anyone who will listen and (b) come back at another time! Thanks again and keep up the good work. ” Sara M, Wellington

” Hi there.  We were part of the table of 8 there last night (staying at Claremont) and we were 4 couples all celebrating our anniversaries.Can we just say what a wonderful night, great service from the time we arrived to great food and not forgetting great wine.  All of us were still raving about it today.  The team there are a wonderful advertisement for your establishment and we are all looking forward to returning at some stage in the future. Well done and keep up the good work you can rely on us all being a voice of recommendation.” D&J Witt, Wellington

We just wanted to thank you for our special dining experience. Your restaurant is so unique and intimate with wonderful cuisine which evoked all the senses. We felt very spoiled, relaxed and thoroughly indulged”.  Peter and Joss, Wellington

My wife and I accompanied by two friends via Auckland joined you for lunch on Sunday… We stopped at the information centre and your place was highly recommended. Little did we know what we were in store for… If I had a problem with the lunch it is a lack of superlatives. Salmon entree fantastic… Fish main amazing…. and the desserts were around the table referred to as sex on a plate…. All I can say about the service it is the best I have had in living memory. Courteous, attentive, and it was great to be told with pride where the ingredients had come from and how fresh they were…. What a great restaurant and dining experience” . Thom and Jill, Greg and Heidi, Wellington and Auckland

“I just wanted to thank you for the dinner at Tirohana Estate last Wednesday night.  We think you delivered an outstanding dining experience’ and had excellent feedback from everyone that was there. The food, venue and service was of course wonderful.” Steven, National Bank of New Zealand

I just wanted to say how much I loved my dining experience at your restaurant. It was seriously the best service I have ever had. Thanks for the wonderful memory and we will be looking for any excuse I have to come back” . Vanessa, Palmerston North

I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed our meal and experience… it was truly superb and a great way to celebrate my birthday”.  Jan, Carterton.

My friends and I had a very special time with you and cannot thank you enough for being so welcoming… ice cream selection and dessert wine were fab”.  Leanne, Wellington

We had a lovely day with you and enjoyed all aspects of our visit”.  Sandra, NZDF, Wellington.

My wife and I dined at Tirohana… and I just wanted to drop you an email to say a big thank you to you and your colleagues for making it such a special occasion. It’s not often a dining experience is as memorable as our’s was”.  Stuart and Amanda, Wellington.

Just a brief but heartfelt thanks for your hospitality at Tirohana during my recent visit. It was wonderful in the midst of a tight timeframe and while traveling alone to feel as if I had a friend nearby. Dinner was superb and so very welcome”.  Kerry, Auckland.

We wanted to say a huge thank you… in celebrating our wedding at Tirohana Estate we had the best day of our lives. Tirohana will always remain a special place of love and sacredness in our hearts. Everyone raved about the estate, the wine, the food, the list goes on”.  Jimmy and Monique, Sydney.

The Platinum Grand Master is undoubtedly one of the best Pinots we have EVER tasted… We have tried and tasted many great Pinots… For comparison, we rated it better than a 1999 Grand Cru Burgundy that we had last year at our 10th wedding anniversary”.  Chris, Auckland.

Our 25th wedding anniversary celebrations are now complete, and as we reflect on our eight day journey and cherish some of the special moments that we enjoyed together (fine dining, luxury accommodation, and not to forget fabulous wines) we wanted to write and thank you for giving us the greatest highlight of our celebration week. You have established an exquisite dining and tasting facility not to mention the stunning award-winning wines. For sure we will be back”.  Graeme and Sharon, Te Puki.

We wanted to pass on our sincere thanks in respect of the Toast Martinborough day we held at Tirohana. Our clients have unanimously commented that this was the best Toast Martinborough they have ever experienced, even those that have been coming to the event for a number of years. Your attention to detail in organizing the event also made our job os much easier… Tirohana Estate is a top class location, has fantastic wines, and incomparable hospitality provided by yourselves”.  Grant Thornton New Zealand

We felt humbled by the warmth of your hospitality…. the meal was superb and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening… Our congratulations to you on the venue, it is stunning and reflects a love of places and experiences shared. Martinborough is a winner in having attracted people like yourselves”.  Trevor and Carol, Martinborough

I would like to convey my appreciation for the wonderful hospitality you provided to us. The Korean Members of Parliament whom I accompanied to your restaurant had a pleasurable lunch. We were especially impressed by the dishes with lamb and Moki fish. Also the Championship wine Tirohana Estate Pinot Noir 2006 was lovely”.  Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Thank you so much for an extremely enjoyable weekend…. it was a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the Wairarapa. The delicious meal at Tirohana on Saturday night was perfect”. Madeline and Phil, Tauranga

I am writing to sincerely thank you and your staff for the incredible hospitality last Saturday night. It was truly unforgettable and one that I will treasure for the rest of my life”.  John, Auckland

Thank you and your team for hosting the Bastille Day dinner for the Martinborough Food and Wine Society. The wine matches, the food and the service were perfect… Everyone was most enthusiastic and impressed”.  Martinborough Food and Wine Society

Thank you so much for everything. Both our guests and us loved the venue and the food. The lamb was awesome. We will happily recommend Tirohana in the future”.  Robyn and Gareth, United Kingdom

Thank you for the fabulous dinner on Friday night. It was a wonderful venue and service”. Wayne and Karen, Wellington

Thank you so much for making my Mothers Day something special. Excellent food and wine enjoyed by the family and myself. It was a very friendly atmosphere which made me feel like a mother to you all”.  Mavis, Martinborough

My husband and I were delighted with our first foray to Martinborough. Our evening to Tirohana was the trip highlight… Our server was fabulous, personable and helpful with wine suggestions. The food was stellar and our sincere thanks to those behind the scenes who prepared it. Heartfelt thanks”.  Faith,Wellington

I wanted to write to thank you for hosting our group for a perfect evening. The whole evening from arrival to departure was wonderful. The dinner itself was excellent and the service we received from you all was wonderful. It was just a really perfect evening and everyone commented to me how much they really enjoyed it, the food, the wine”.  4RF Communications

Thank you so much for providing the perfect dining experience for our anniversary celebration. From our arrival we were treated like old friends to the sublime food (thanks chef) and the attentive and fun service, not to mention the gorgeous wine. You’re all stars”.  Marise and Sando, Martinborough.

Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. All our guests were blown away by the whole experience. You looked after us all so well. You now have ambassadors all over the world” . Andy and Kirsten, Scotland and New Zealand

Thank you very much for a wonderful evening on Saturday, a most memorable one at that. It’s an experience we will remember for life being escorted into your restaurant under umbrellas and being made so welcome. You made celebrating 34 years of marriage a very special occasion.  You have a great venue with outstanding service and a unique atmosphere”. Diane, Auckland

How can we thank you enough for making our lunch on Sunday so happy… You produced a memorable meal, cake and wine. Thank you all so much”.  Cecily, Wairarapa

Our lunch was a truly wonderful experience… the ambience and fine dining were certainly enjoyed by all” . Herd Homes, New Zealand

We just wanted to thank you for a fantastic night. We dine out a lot and the experience of Tirohana just absolutely outranks the likes of xxxxx, xxxxx xxxx, and xxxx xxxxxxx. The service was impeccable. From the moment you took my booking over the phone to personally taking the time to say goodbye. The food was to die for, the wine was amazing and don’t get me started on the Sauvignon Squeeze! I have not stopped recommending your estate since we got back so please expect a number of friends, family and staff” . Georgia and Manaia, Wellington

I’d like to thank you and all your staff for such a fine experience at Tirohana. I haven’t felt so welcome at an establishment ever and the level of service made us all feel special. The service was excellent, above and beyond. Wonderful food. A beautiful location”.  South Wairarapa District Council