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Good food is great for the soul”

We are a fully mobile catering company that goes to any location for weddings, events, private functions, film and TV catering.

We are the best at what we do – creating extraordinary food in extraordinary places. Anywhere.

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We have had so many positive comments

On behalf of my son, we thank you for the catering for his recent wedding.

We were most impressed with the professionalism of your chef and assistant and especially impressed with the presentation of the meal. We have had so many positive comments. Thank you all so much. We have no hesitation in recommending you in the future.

Mrs Lawrence. Wedding.

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About Us

As a caterer for 28 years, we’re renowned for food creativity, passion and commitment to provide fresh, seasonal and nutritious produce, whatever the occasion or event to deliver extraordinary food anywhere. We have catered for some of the biggest Hollywood stars on the sets of the biggest box-office smashes.

Located in Queenstown, Central Otago in New Zealand’s South Island and Franklin, Auckland in the North Island, we specialise in catering for weddings, private functions – anniversaries, canapé and cocktail parties, sporting events, Corporate groups, TV and Film.

 

“Our commitment is to provide fresh, seasonal and nutritious extraordinary food, whatever the occasion or event”

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Your team were Fantastic.

Your team were fantastic - everything ran so smoothly, and the food was to die for; we have had so many of our family and friends tell us how impressed they were with both the service and the food, so that you so very much for being fantastic and for making our day what it was :)

Wedding. Wanaka. April 2015

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Our Story

Back in 1986, pursuing a career in the great outdoors Colin and his wife Kirstie were travelling in a their Landrover towing a 4m-long caravan to provide catering for a Toyota commercial in New Zealand’s back-country with the late Barry Crump.

Colin drove around a sweeping corner near Glenorchy and a trestle strapped to the roof flew off. It landed perfectly set up in an adjacent paddock, so the company name ‘Flying Trestles’ was born!

Mobile Kitchens

Our fleet of professional mobile kitchen trucks, “Flying Kitchens”, enable us to operate effectively anywhere in New Zealand providing cuisine to match any restaurant, in places where nobody else can. We have specially designed kitchen trucks to suit any event, style or function, enabling our chefs to prepare Extraordinary food where you’d least expect it.

Our Flying Kitchens are totally self-contained, equipped with generators, water, gas and waste tanks, walk-in refrigerator, six hobs, gas ovens and dishwashers. This enables us to go anywhere from our Queenstown and Auckland locations.

Our Chefs are highly professional and talented with extraordinary repertoire of food knowledge, style and creativity.

Weddings

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Weddings

Flying Trestles have provided catering for all types of weddings from the most formal to very relaxed, from fully plated to casual buffet.

Flying Trestles catering will work with you to ensure everyone enjoys a contemporary culinary experience and although we’re based in Queenstown, Wanaka and Franklin, covering Auckland, we’ll can travel to ANY location throughout New Zealand in our fully mobile Flying Kitchens, from marquees on paddocks, homesteads, on a mountain top, beside a glittering lake and of course at extraordinary venues.

We like to consider ourselves the best at what we do, which is to serve extraordinary food and outstanding service in extraordinary places! We have an amazing team who are totally professional but more importantly personable and FUN to work with…

Please take a look at our sample menus which cover all types of styles or contact us and we’ll be happy to create a menu specially for you!

 

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“Do you hire equipment?”

Yes. We can arrange for everything from plates to tables and chairs to linen and  marquees and we have a lot of our own equipment.

“Do you provide staff?”

Yes. We can provide everyone required to service and support you and your function from chefs, barmen to experienced Baristas. All of our staff have hospitality experience and  provide a courteous professional service with the all important smile!

A credit to you and your team

Great job of food on the day, credit to you and your team. Have heard so many good things – especially about the pork belly and the canapés (duck / lamb etc…. ALL delicious)

P Hill Wedding Dec 2012

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Functions & Events

With bases in both of the North and South Islands, Flying Trestles provides catering for all sorts of functions and events both locally and throughout New Zealand.

We are truly mobile, we can come along in one of our mobile kitchen trucks and prepare everything for you on site then simply drive away (with the mess!), or we can prepare the food at our base kitchen and transport it in our temperature controlled hot boxes for you to self-serve, or set up the buffet table and serve you the food. Truly, the options are endless – nothing’s in the ‘too hard’ basket.

Whether for 1000 or 60 – we can cater for you. We’re happy to work with your food preferences and ideas and incorporate the food into the style of event; be it a ‘Lord of The Rings’ themed affair or a canapé only walk and fork style of service. The options are endless.

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Carters Opening Night

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Carters Opening Night

We were privileged to be asked to cater for 250 suppliers, clients and guests for the NEW opening of Carters Store on Glenda Drive in Frankton, Queenstown. We provided a complete solution for them, for as well as provided the yummy food, we organised the band, theming and all hire items. Here’s a few images to sum it all up.

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Deer Conference

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Deer Conference

2012 Wanaka Conference “Naturally Deer Naturally Better”

Deer Industry New Zealand is responsible for promoting and assisting the development of the New Zealand deer industry. Deer Industry New Zealand has a worldwide co-ordination role through research and promotion of quality products derived from deer – especially venison, velvet and co-products.

During a 3 day conference at a number of locations Flying Trestles were delighted to have provided the food at every event, from a casual rustic buffet for 250+ people to a full sit down formal dinner.

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Highlands Motorsport Park

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Highlands Motorsport Park

The Highlands Motorsport Park had their 101 opening event in November 2013. Flying Trestles were honoured to be asked and provided all the food for 5 areas for the corporate and member hospitality areas. One of our areas was a themed seafood station as shown in the pictures. Since then, we’ve been privileged to have been asked by The Highlands Motorsport Park to cater for their V8 in February and are looking forward to catering the 101 event again in November 2015. Watch this space for more pictures from the track!

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Queenstown Motor Group

We were asked by the Queenstown Motor Group if we would provide the catering behind the scenes whilst Ray McVinney provided the clients with a food demonstration. We were delighted with the opportunity. We provided all the equipment for Ray to work his magic, whilst we worked ours in the workshop! We brought along our small Kitchen truck, trestle tables and staff and in no time we had our kitchen ready to go. We served up 2 of Ray’s delights for 100 people to try……

A simple frenched lamb cutlet with a butterbean puree and Torrades de Santa Teresa (Fried Bread with Honey, Lemon and Cinnamon)!

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TRENZ

TRENZ which is New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism event was a real highlight for Flying Trestles. It was an amazing experience to be part of this tourism trade show for two years running at the Queenstown Events Centre. During the course of each event we catered for around 1100 people every day for a 4 day period. Flying Trestles served up to 12 meals during the lunchtime period to more than 260 travel buyers and visitors from around the world.

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TSS Earnslaw – celebrated 100 years – 1912-2012

The TSS Earnslaw was launched on Lake Wakatipu in 1912 and is the oldest coal-fired passenger steamship in the Southern Hemisphere, she celebrated 100 years of outstanding service on 18th October 2012 with commemorative sailings which re-enacted the maiden voyages from Kingston to Queenstown and from Queenstown to Glenorchy, including a nostalgic visit to the high country lakeside stations which the vintage steamer serviced for almost 70 years.

Flying Trestles was overwhelmed to be given the opportunity to cater for The Woolshed Party at Mount Nicholas Station on the far shores of Lake Wakatipu for a special 100th birthday bash.

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Thanks again for the wonderful food..

Thanks again for the wonderful food, we look forward to working with you again soon!

REAL JOURNEYS, QTN

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TV and the Movies

Movie History – Flying Trestles broke new ground in the movie catering business back in 1992, catering for Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’. More recently we worked on set for her successful ‘Top of The Lake’ TV series.

In the last 20 years Flying Trestles has catered for some of the biggest Hollywood stars including Anthony Hopkins, Orlando Bloom, Kate Blanchet, Hugh Jackman, Jack Black and Tom Cruise, to name just a few. We’ve been on movie sets ensuring the cast and crews enjoy delicious food and they keep asking us to come back – so we figure we’re doing something right. You might recognise the titles of some of our most memorable jobs… Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Wolverine, The Last Samurai and The World’s Fastest Indian.

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Thank you so much to your team..

“Thank you so much to your team - especially Mike & Harriet, it was a tough job and often they had very little notice to pull something amazing out of the hat and they always delivered. So big thanks to all and see you on the next one."

Rebecca Coomer. c/o Mountain Film Unit. April 2013

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The Piano

Released 1993

Director Jane Campion

The Last Samurai

Released 2003

Director Edward Zwick

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Film List

Goodbye Pork Pie, 2016

Alien Covenant, 2016

Walking with Dinosaurs, 2013

The Hobbit, 2012

Top of the Lake, 2012

Emperor, 2012

Mr Pip, 2011

Tracker, 2010

Underworld, Rise of the Lycons, 2008

X-Men Origins, Wolverine, 2007-08

10,000 BC, 2006

Waterhorse, 2006

The Chronicles of Narnia, 2005 / Prince Caspian 2008

King Kong 2005

The Worlds fastest Indian, 2005

Lord of the Rings, 1999 -2003

Sylvia, 2003

Without a Paddle, 2003

In my Fathers Den, 2003

The Last Samurai, 2002, 2003

The Water Giant, 2002

Perfect Strangers, 2002

Beyond Borders, 2002

Atomic Twister, 2001

Lost World, 2001

Blonde Cargo, 2001

Eco Challenge, 2001

Vertical Limit, 1999

Fearless, 1999

Heavenly Creatures, 1994

The Piano, 1992

Tommy Knockers, 1992

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Personal Private Chefs

We have many talented chefs with amazing repertoire and knowledge of food and cultural styles.

If you are looking for a professional chef as a special treat to cook for you, your family, friends or business colleagues then we can provide a chef who will prepare amazing, fresh tantalising and delicious food. It’s such a wonderful experience having your own personal chef, describing each dish whilst creating a work of art in front of you.

We can provide a chef to create a beautiful menu for lunch or dinner which will include the clean up afterwards, leaving you with nothing to do but enjoy your evening. We can also assist if you need a chef for a number of days or weeks too.

So, why not take some time off and enjoy a glass of Central Otago Pinot while one of Flying Trestles Chefs creates a unique & memorable dining experience.

Venues

We have just the right venue for you…

Flying Trestles has exclusive access to a number of prime sites across New Zealand’s South Island, where marquees can be erected for your wedding or special event. We also have established relationships with some of Queenstown and Wanaka’s best venues.

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Burdons Beach, Lake Wanaka
Burdons Beach, Lake Wanaka
Burdons Beach, Lake Wanaka
Burdons Beach, Lake Wanaka
Burdons Beach, Lake Wanaka
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Burdons Beach, Lake Wanaka

This is a stunning and unique beachfront and alpine setting for weddings and events, just 18km from Wanaka town centre.

This is an exclusive Flying Trestles venue and we’ve partnered with Centrewood Estate Marquee Hire to offer complete wedding and event packages at this stunning location.

www.wanakavenues.co.nz

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Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka
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Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka

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Jonkers Farm
Jonkers Farm
Jonkers Farm
Jonkers Farm
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Jonkers Farm

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Moonlight Country, Queenstown
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Moonlight Country, Queenstown

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Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona
Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona
Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona
Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona
Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona
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Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona

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The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka
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The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka

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The Olive Grove, Lake Wanaka
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The Olive Grove, Lake Wanaka

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Our Food

We can provide any style of food for your event, function or private party. We’ve built  up an amazing repertoire over the years, everything from traditional French through to Asian and European. We love to work with ingredients from every continent and often you’ll see a fusion of ideas from our chefs working on a menu.

We always use fresh seasonal and local produce wherever possible and make our own sauces, dressings and marinades. We’re passionate about flavours and and love creating new ideas. Our menus incorporate only the best products, such as Wakanui and Savannah beef, Harmony free range chicken & pork and NZ premium free range lamb (1stClass) usually only available to the export market and very sought after.

Please do take a moment to look at our sample menus to give you inspiration (help inspire your taste buds) or let our head chef and event stylist help design a tantalising menu specifically for you or to perfectly match your event.

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Thanks again for the wonderful food..

Thanks again for the wonderful food, we look forward to working with you again soon!

REAL JOURNEYS, QTN.

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It doesn't have to be complex to be AMAZING

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Testimonials

The food was superb

On behalf on Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade, we would like to thank you and your team for making the Honor night such a success. The food was superb and look forward to working with you again. I would highly recommend Flying Trestles.

Arrowtown Fire Brigade, Oct 2014

The whole TRENZ function was OUTSTANDING!

Can I just say I thought your catering for the whole TRENZ function was OUTSTANDING. I heard so many positive comments about the quality of the food and the choices you offered, a big WELL DONE to you and your team.

Tourism Dunedin. May 2012

The food was superb

On behalf on Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade, we would like to thank you and your team for making the Honor night such a success. The food was superb and look forward to working with you again. I would highly recommend Flying Trestles.

Arrowtown Fire Brigade, Oct 2014

It was the best catering for 2013

We had many compliments about the standard of the food being served in our Lounge area. Your staff were a delight to work with and at times were under pressure especially Saturday Lunch when the queue was out the door. The dinner buffet on Sunday night was extremely good, I had a number of our competitors tell me this was the best catering for 2013, so hats off to you and your team.

Australian GT Championship. Highlands Motorsport Park

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Testimonials


I would like to say a very big thank you for the fabulous food provided by your team, WOW the food was cooked to perfection.
Every single guest has made comment on how much they enjoyed the food and that it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted, you really did contribute a huge amount to our perfect day. You came highly recommended to us and we shall be spreading the word.

Wedding, Moonlight stables 28/2/2015

We had a phenomenal wedding, it really was perfect and everyone kept saying that the food was great and your services were great too! Thank you for helping make it seamless. We particularly enjoyed the surprise picnic basket of canapes and champagne! Please tell your team, thank you so much for all of their patience/assistance in planning it all, flexibility and for doing such a stellar job!

Wedding, Paradise Paddock, Glenorchy, 2015

I just want to say a massive THANK YOU! We can’t thank you enough!! If it wasn’t for you and your team we wouldn’t of had the day we had it was perfect, The food was amazing, we had awesome feedback from all our guests. All the little things you did didn’t go unnoticed to the basket of lovely canapés and bubbles,

Mr & Mrs Crawford. Wedding. Lookout Lodge. Wanaka.

“Congratulations on an amazing event last week.. You did an amazing job and we are 200% happy with the way everything ran!”

Tourism Industry NZ

“How wonderful the canapés looked and how successful the lounge was.... a big thank you to you and your team for all your assistance and hard work.”

Qantas

Can I just say I thought your catering for the whole TRENZ function was OUTSTANDING. I heard so many positive comments about the quality of the food and the choices you offered, a big WELL DONE to you and your team.

Tourism Dunedin. May 2012

Adam & I were completely blown away by the food and service for Sara & Luke’s wedding. We have had so many amazing letters this week with people just blown away by the food. It was simply delicious thanks you.

A Spiers. Feb 2011

Great job of food on the day, credit to you and your team. Have heard so many good things – especially about the pork belly and the canapés (duck / lamb etc…. ALL delicious)

P Hill Wedding Dec 2012

“You did a wonderful job at TRENZ ... Thank you so much”

AKL Toursism & Events, & Economic Development

Thanks again for the wonderful food, we look forward to working with you again soon!

REAL JOURNEYS, QTN.

We’d like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude for your work to pull together the necessary to cater our site. The team did a tremendous job on the day and we’ve received great feedback from our participants, in particular our guests with vegetarian requirements.

ANZ. Round the Bays committee. Mar 2013

Thank you so much to your team - especially Mike & Harriet, it was a tough job and often they had very little notice to pull something amazing out of the hat and they always delivered. So big thanks to all and see you on the next one.

Rebecca Coomer. c/o Mountain Film Unit. April 2013

You provided an amazing service for our wedding. From the very start when I mentioned the 'rustic spot' it was clear that it was going to be no trouble at all. We had so many great comments about the food, our guests couldn't believe such quality could be produced from a truck. The service by the wait staff was fantastic. We would highly recommend Flying Trestles to anyone.

Mr & Mrs Nicholls. Wedding. Red Tractor Vineyard. Cromwell

We had many compliments about the standard of the food being served in our Lounge area. Your staff were a delight to work with and at times were under pressure especially Saturday Lunch when the queue was out the door. The dinner buffet on Sunday night was extremely good, I had a number of our competitors tell me this was the best catering for 2013, so hats off to you and your team.

Australian GT Championship. Highlands Motorsport Park

Dear Flying Trestles, we just wanted to thank you for helping us have the most magnificent wedding. Everyone loved the food and we really loved our special picnic basket & Champagne, Many Thanks again!

Lorelei & Jacob. Wedding. Paradise.

Thank you all so much for the fantastic job you did at our wedding. It was just wonderful having you be part of our wedding celebrations.

Charlotte & Ronnie. Wedding

On behalf of my son, we thank you for the catering for his recent wedding.

We were most impressed with the professionalism of your chef and assistant and especially impressed with the presentation of the meal. We have had so many positive comments. Thank you all so much. We have no hesitation in recommending you in the future.

Mrs Lawrence. Wedding.

To Flying Trestles team. you guys are truly amazing! We have never seen such efficiency and to have such wonderful hot meals on set like this was fantastic.

Oliver & Traceychee. Mainland TV Ad.

Thank you soooo much again for a lovely lunch and wonderful food and for fitting us in when I know you were incredibly busy. It was very much appreciated.

Private residence. April 2015.

Your team were fantastic - everything ran so smoothly, and the food was to die for; we have had so many of our family and friends tell us how impressed they were with both the service and the food, so that you so very much for being fantastic and for making our day what it was :)

Wedding. Wanaka. April 2015

Just wanted to drop a line thanking Kristi and the team for the effort they put in at our wedding on 7th March at Mt Nicholas station. Everything ran like clockwork and our guests were really impressed (as we were) with the quality of the food. Once again, thanks to everyone involved and also yourself on making our wedding so memorable!

Wedding, Mt Nicholas, March 2015

Had an absolutely amazing day. Food was delicious - everyone was raving about it - great head chef! Victoria was fantastic too. A well run event.

Wedding, Snow Park, SHPG, Cardrona 2014

On behalf on Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade, we would like to thank you and your team for making the Honor night such a success. The food was superb and look forward to working with you again. I would highly recommend Flying Trestles.

Arrowtown Fire Brigade, Oct 2014