Come and enjoy our unique coastal Tora lifestyle, learn something new, or revive your skills. Whatever your reason, join us and explore a shared passion for fresh, locally sourced food.

Our live-in two day cooking classes offer a retreat with a difference and are a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion, or to do something fun with a group of friends.

Our classes take place in the Cookhouse. Each class is designed to inspire and to demonstrate how to create simple, tasty and great-looking dishes. Using both classic and modern methods, our classes are an engaging mix of preparing, cooking and eating. Our highly trained chefs are very passionate about our unique and extraordinary Wairarapa produce and we are delighted to offer our classes all year round.

How does it work? Arriving on Friday afternoon you’ll be greeted by your hosts Alistair and Jenny Boyne, who will show you around your attractive and comfortable self-contained accommodation. While your wine (BYO) chills, a delicious evening meal 
​pre-prepared by Jenny awaits the group (you’ll just need to heat it).
​As you settle into your accommodation, the evening is all yours to enjoy.

The following morning, after breakfast in your accommodation (day one), cooking classes will begin at 10:15am. Over freshly brewed coffee or tea, you'll meet your chef, who will then guide you through the recipes. Lunch is included and classes will finish at approximately 1:30pm.

All food prepared in your class is for your enjoyment and your culinary creations are the basis for your evening meal.

At the end of day one you’ll have plenty of free time to relax, go for a walk, or catch a wave.

On day two, the class begins again at 10:15am, with coffee or tea, and concludes with lunch.

We grow almost all of the vegetables and herbs used in our classes and what we haven't grown ourselves, we've sourced locally!

​Food waste is kept to an absolute minimum and, if appropriate, fed to our chickens.

The Cookhouse takes a holistic view toward the environment. Food waste is kept to an absolute minimum and if appropriate fed to our chickens. We've grown almost all of the vegetables and herbs or these are sourced locally.


Two day - Saturday and Sunday

Day one: 10:15am to 1:30pm
​Day two: 10:15am to 1:30pm

One day - Saturday only

While we prefer you to stay and enjoy our wonderful coast and cooking classes for two days, we do also offer a one day Saturday only class.

Saturday class: 10:15am until 1:30pm

It’s more than likely we can tailor-make a class to your request, so please just ask us.

One day - Midweek

Tuesdays - check in 10:30am check out Wednesday midday

​​Tuesday class: 11:00am to 2:30pm

Arrive in time for morning tea and meet the chef. Class finishes around 2:30pm with clear instructions on how to finish off what's been prepared in class for dinner.
​Stay and catch up with friends with a late check out.

Corporate and private classes are also available during the week.


Pick one of the following or talk to us about what you'd like do.

SPECIAL OCCASION DINNERS (DEGUSTATION WITH A TWIST) - smart planning for easy entertaining, perfect for celebrations.

​ENTERTAINING - must have catering for entertaining, and canapes from the fridge for 4 - 40 people.

COASTAL CATCH OF THE DAY - from filleting, making soup, stock, and the best batter.

GAME TAMED IN THE KITCHEN - from ducks to boars, you bring the game and we'll show you how to tame it.

BBQ - with confidence and sass.

WANNABE ARTISANS - Cheesemaking, breadmaking, pickles and pastes.


All classes require a minimum of 8 people, with a maximum 10 people.
​Accommodation is available for up to 12 guests, and we are happy for non-participants to book as part of your group (see costs).

If you make a whole class booking for 10 people, including yourself, we offer you a $100 reduction off your own course fee as a thank you!

If you wish to book for our courses as a smaller group, you may need to join others to make up the numbers, but we do not expect you to share your room with others from another group OR,  if you would like to have the place to yourselves, this is possible, and you will be charged for the minimum number of 8 people.

Our classes are usually held over a weekend; arriving on Friday late afternoon and departing on Sunday afternoon, but we are very happy to discuss hosting midweek classes – just call us and ask!

Call or email Jenny to discuss availability, arrangements and to make a booking.

 06 307 8869