Fizzing for Kimchi

As we bid farewell to the final shreds of summer, the veggie garden rewards us with its autumn harvest. Here at The Falls Retreat, this means we are into pickling, preserving and fermenting mode as we attempt to capture all of nature’s goodness and utilise this glut of fresh produce. As we head into the […]

Cooking with Kids

Words Brad King, Images Brydie Thompson Here at The Falls Retreat, we believe that a kids’ menu should be equally as enticing and nutritious as the adult version (if not more so for those little growing bodies!). No frozen chicken nuggets around here! And whilst we encourage our kids to try new flavours, we are […]

That’s Amore!

Words by Brad King Images by Brydie Thompson   Summer—the perfect time to enjoy al fresco dining in our backyards. And since we remain unable to escape overseas, there is never a better time to create a taste of Italy at home with freshly baked pizzas using homemade bases and served with a crisp glass […]

Best Dressed Salads – Back to Basics with Brad

Words Brad King, Images Brydie Thompson   The onset of spring means that the ground is starting to warm, and here at The Falls Retreat, we get a tad excited knowing that our kitchen gardens will start to become more plentiful. We love to showcase our homegrown organic garden produce throughout our menus, and we […]


Words: VICKI RAVLICH-HORAN | Images supplied Just over eight years ago I started to hear about this amazing restaurant in the Karangahake Gorge.  No matter how I connived work trips or weekend jaunts I just never managed to get there. Then I heard they had accommodation and had the perfect solution. I sold the weekend […]


Photography: Ashlee deCaires Brad King from Falls Retreat in Waihi shows us how to create a simple yet stunning canape with some smoked fish. Just another reason to get out on the water for a spot of fishing. 250g smoked salmon 100g smoked kahawai 100g creme fraiche ⅓ cup fresh herbs to taste (coriander, dill, […]