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Windross of Cockle Bay

About Us

Windross of Cockle Bay is a gracious historical villa with a sun-drenched wrap-around verandah located on a tranquil beach-front reserve at Cockle Bay. Enjoying beautiful sea views from its romantic setting. Windross is a popular venue for both everyday dining and those special celebrations including weddings.

The décor exudes timeless elegance and is perfect for patrons seeking ambience and décor excellence. Pristine white tablecloths, sparkling glassware, soft background music and professional, attentive service all make for a unique dining experience.

Windross House Restaurant offers an Italian-style menu with European influences together with a comprehensive wine list which includes both local and imported wines.

Windross of Cockle Bay has ample parking and is not BYO.

Photo: Eyeheart Photography – Shane Bartlett

Weddings & Events


Windross House is a stunning location for your ceremony, photos, canapes and reception.

You can download our Wedding Brochure here.


From birthdays to anniversaries or any celebration at all, Windross House restaurant is also available for private functions with a rear garden that is ideal for pre-dinner drinks and canapés or to accommodate children. Just give us a call to find out more…


From birthdays to anniversaries or any celebration at all, Windross House restaurant is also available for private functions with a rear garden that is ideal for pre-dinner drinks and canapés or to accommodate children. Just give us a call to find out more…


The perfect gift for those food and wine lovers in your life. Click here to purchase a Windross House Restaurant voucher.


Jonathan Fletcher - Visited April 2019

I'd recommend calling in for an impromptu lunch, a splash of red, not forgetting the garlic bread. Great service and the cost didn't feel like I'd been declared bankrupt.

Nancy Magbag - Visited April 2019

The food is great and the service was even better. Thanks for allowing us to decorate for our friends birthday celebration.

Linda Mason - Visited April 2019

Fabulous food and lovely staff, not to mention the beautiful setting.

Linda Mason - Visited March 2019

Fabulous food and lovely staff, not to mention the beautiful setting.

Grant P - Visited March 2019

We have been to Windross House a few times over the years and tonight was to celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. The old house is in a lovely setting at the south end of Cockle Bay in Howick and is beautifully kept. The owners are friendly and caring and like to ensure you are having a nice experience. The menu has something for everyone and the food is tasty and nicely cooked and the old house has a special feeling or ambiance about it making for a relaxed evening. We like it and will be back.

Adriana Perez - Visited March 2019

Beautiful place with yummy food and excellent attention!!

Vanessa Hall - Visited February 2019

Great views, knowledgeable staff, and incredible food. The plating is quite understated, but in a way that seems to make the flavours stand out. The sauces on each dish we had were really spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and had a wonderful time.

Marty and Amanda - Visited February 2019

Thank you so much for helping us to host our guests for our wedding. The feedback we have received has been universally great. The food was fabulous and the service excellent and the music just right for the occasion.

SANDY FORDYCE - Visited February 2019

Great food, quaint surroundings.

Js0n - Visited January 2019

I discovered Windross through family about two years ago, and have been dining there regularly (at least once every two months) since. The service is fantastic - staff are always very friendly, take good care of us (and don’t check in too often as to not disturb) and make the effort to remember us. The food is always top notch and very well presented. The food is incredibly consistent and the portion sizes are just right. The location offers a stunning view, and the restaurant inside is laid out pretty well. Tables are not too close together and are always set beautifully. Keep up the fantastic work, I look forward to my next visit!

Alam Shipman - Visited January 2019

So Lucky to have this fine restaurant in Cocklebay

Monique McRae - Visited January 2019

I love this place. It's always a restaurant we go for a special occasion or a nice dinner out. The service, food and location are just divine. The prices are on pah with other restaurants, great value.

Gina James - Visited January 2019

Another fabulous evening dining at Windross House Restaurant... warm and welcoming hosts and delicious food... can’t beat the venue and setting anywhere in East Auckland!

BERNARD NIEHAUS - Visited January 2019

Amazing food great service and the most spectacular view an amazing treat

DIANE BENNET - Visited January 2019

Loved the place, great food and atmosphere.

PRITNESH KUMAR - Visited January 2019

Awesome place and great customer service

Danielle Battista - Visited January 2019

This is the best Italian Restaurant I’ve ever been to. The food was delicious, the background music was just right, service was perfect and the atmosphere on a whole was comfy and romantic. So impressed! My husband and I will be back for sure.

CHRIS BURRELL - Visited December 2018

Amazing food and great service

Imogen Swain - Visited December 2018

My family and I come here frequently - it is always divine. Wonderful service, delicious food, and lovely atmosphere. We have just arrived home after Christmas lunch at Windross, and it was simply amazing! We will definitely keep coming back again and again

Vaughan R - Visited December 2018

This is one of my favourite restaurants.

DJ187A - Visited December 2018

The Windross is a local favourite of ours. If we have visitors from overseas, we take them there, knowing they will have an enjoyable experience. We went last night for my wife's birthday. Again, we were not disappointed. Service was "just right", food excellent. Julie had mango chicken, I had an eye fillet. Not a scrap was left on either plate

SHWAN ATRUSHI - Visited December 2018

Great Food Great Location very friendly staff

Coopfamily - Visited December 2018

Fabulous food and excellent service. Eye fillet wonderful and tiramisu mamma Mia! Teenagers very happy too.

Jo-Ann McLeish - Visited December 2018

Thank you for our Christmas lunch. Everyone has been making wonderful comments about the wonderful food, great service and lovely venue.

DUNCAN CRAMER - Visited December 2018

Perfectly lovely. Even though we walked in of the beach, we were welcomed warmly and received great service. We only had a few starters as a light lunch but it was all beautifully prepared.

Paul Stewart - Visited December 2018

Lovely venue, staff and food. I had eye fillet steak cooked rare and it was cooked to perfection. Just a lovely night.

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Find Us

41 Shelly Beach Parade, Cockle Bay, Auckland