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The Boathouse Café is open to all for relaxed waterfront dining each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  from 9.30am, taking orders through to 2pm.  Friday evenings see the doors remain open with bar snacks and drinks available while the kitchen closes while the chefs prep for a busy evening service.  Meal orders are taken from 5pm until 8pm for an evening of casual dining before live music kicks off.

Please phone us on 03 5487646 to make a booking for the lunchtime service.

Bookings are not available on a Friday evening.

Lunch at The Boathouse

The Boathouse Chowder – $16

In creamy stock, loaded with fresh and smoked fish, shellfish. Served with sourdough bread


Vegetarian Moussaka – $20

Packed full of local produce and traditional flavours. Served with grilled seasonal vegetables (V)


Pan Fried Calamari – $18

Coated in a spicy Kwonzo sauce.  Served on a bed of quinoa and Nelson greens (GF)


Sauvignon Mussels – $21

Marlborough green lipped mussels steamed in Sauvignon Blanc, braised garlic and lemon. Served with sourdough bread


Fish and Chips – $24

Local catch of the day deep fried in Captain Cooker beer batter. Served with chunky cut fries and green salad


Boathouse Burgers – $23

Your choice of jerk chicken, beef or vegetarian. Served with chunky cut fries and aioli



Chunky Cut Fries with aioli $8

Onion Rings with aioli $8

German Rye with local olive oil and braised garlic $7

Side Salad $7


Our front of house team will fill you in on daily brunch and counter offerings


We care about you! We do our very best to provide allergen sensitive food. Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements

(Gluten and dairy free options are produced in a kitchen that uses gluten and dairy)


Friday evenings see the blackboard menu brought out. Favourites such as Grilled Rib-Eye Steak and Crispy Calamari are listed alongside weekly specials. Order at the bar and seat yourself near the beautiful view or close to the stage.

At 8pm the kitchen closes and live music takes centre stage.

 All Welcome (door charge for gigs from 8pm may apply)

Please note bookings are not taken for the Friday Evening Cafe

Desserts are lovingly baked in-house, see our specials board 

The Boathouse is a kid-friendly venue. We have a children’s menu that changes regularly and offers wholesome meals as well as those kid favoured treats.  We have a family room with television, toys and comfy couches for the younger guests to chill out in or play while the adults relax. 

For functions we have a range of catering options that we’d love to discuss with you. 

Gift Vouchers Available