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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.

Christmas Day

Join us for Christmas Day this year at Windross House Restaurant. We offer a three course set menu priced at $130 per person. Bookings are essential as we are filling up fast this year – please call us or make a reservation. Please note, a $25 deposit per head is required in order to secure your reservation.

Christmas Day

Join us for Christmas Day this year at Windross House Restaurant. We offer a three course set menu priced at $130 per person. Bookings are essential as we are filling up fast this year – please call us or make a reservation. Please note, a $25 deposit per head is required in order to secure your reservation.


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


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.

NICK MCLAGAN - Visited November 2018

This is a very special place

S. Gartner - Visited November 2018

Fab place. Best in this area in all ways.

Ian Blackwell - Visited November 2018

Excellent all round experience, Food, Wine, Service, ambience.....highly recommended!

Tex Edwards - Visited November 2018

Our family celebrated Mum and Dads 60th Wedding anniversary here, this was the 2nd family function we have hired out the whole place for Juliana , her husband and her son Dejan , kicked the ball out of the park for us ! fabulous food, service and vibe , in particular their ability to manage senior people and the large group of over 80s was appreciated the vibe they created at a special family function will be a lasting memory yes we will definitely have another function there.

Kathleen Macbeth - Visited November 2018

Delicious food wonderful hosts in a magical setting at beautiful Cockle bay

PK - Visited October 2018

Excellent location by the sea, service is good and best of all the food is flavoursome and tasty. Lamb cutlets were amazingly cooked and the tiramisu is just yum.

Lesley Kayll - Visited October 2018

Thank you so so much to the Windross for fitting us in tonight for an exceptional meal, my parents 50th wedding anniversary and after being let down from another venue they fitted a group of 17 in at very short notice. The food was outstanding and the staff lovely. Couldn’t fault the service either despite the large group. Will definitely be back

Kej5 - Visited October 2018

We have had dinner at Windross a number of times over the years, and this visit was to the usual high standard. We particularly enjoyed the steak and orange roughy we had as our mains. Lovely atmosphere, even when busy, and good service. Everything is cleared off your table promptly but you are not pushed to make quick choices off the menu.

T.G. AYER - Visited September 2018

Our favourite dining location. 16 years and counting

GAYE BALDWIN - Visited September 2018

A lovely ambiance, good food and very friendly.

nostrebor_family - Visited September 2018

The Howick Botany area has lots of average restaurants that can be good and bad depending on luck of the day. Windross was excellent place to dine Great service, beautiful food and good wine. It does not have the feeling that it deviates from this high standard either Glad we found this place We will be back 🙂

CHRIS JOHNS - Visited September 2018

Menu, food, service, quality setting, view. Everything was perfect, can't wait to go back!

Kiwi_Cath - Visited September 2018

Today's lunch was to celebrate Father's Day and once again ticked all the boxes. We were warmly greeted by our hosts and shown to a lovely spot with a view of the beach. Our waitress was friendly and informative regarding the day's specials, chatty though unobtrusive. Our son chose the garlic prawns as a starter and luckily for us we had a little taste - heaven on a plate! His perfectly cooked eye filet and our veal marsala and orange roughy - all beautifully presented simply melted in the mouth. We chose a delicious riesling from a nicely constructed wine list. Our desserts were equally as pleasing in both presentation and taste - the lemon sorbet and the tiramisu outstanding, a perfect end to a another fabulous dining experience.

Gailmyree - Visited August 2018

The restaurant is second to none. Staff are exceptional as is the food. We have been many times and we always come away 100 % satisfied. Staff go out of their way to make every customer feel like they are special. The setting is amazing.

GEORGE DING - Visited August 2018

Great place to eat, great atmosphere, great menu, great service.

Karen Houston - Visited August 2018

We want to say a special thankyou for the beautiful meal and wonderful service we experienced on Saturday night for Mums 90th birthday. We are aware we were a loud group and kept moving seats but your team were unphased and consistently friendly, polite and professional! Everything went so smoothly, and the food was excellent in every respect. Thankyou again, and we look forward to coming back soon.

BRETT OLDFIELD - Visited August 2018

Very reliable food and service

MARGARET WATSON - Visited August 2018

Excellent service and wonderful food!

HOLLY DODSON - Visited July 2018

Beautiful food, great location, great staff

OTIS FOWLER - Visited July 2018

Great food and service

LENA BYZOVA - Visited July 2018

Amazing place, excellent service, wonderful food

JOHN WINTERS - Visited July 2018

Great food and amazing service

Gael Rao - Visited June 2018

Wow! Auckland has redeemed itself. Fantastic location at Cockle Bay , great service and the food was the best we've had this trip to NZ. We would highly recommend. The only downside we had other commitments and couldn't stay longer. See you next trip!!

DAWN PETERS - Visited June 2018

Windross house is a most enjoyably place to dine. Food was the best

Anne-Marie Koszegi - Visited May 2018

Excellent Mother’s Day Dinner there - the steaks were mouth watering. Great location and ambience.

Reynard1 - Visited May 2018

It is some time since we have been to Windross. We went for our wedding anniversary and realised we need to go back more often. The service was friendly and helpful. Food was served in very good time. The ambience is great with linen cloths and serviettes. It is quiet and in an ideal location. The food was perfectly presented and cooked. We both enjoyed what we ordered. The menu is quite extensive. It is advertised as an Italian restaurant and primarily it is with the dishes on the menu but there is a wide range of choice other than pasta. Well done Windross. The standards we enjoyed when last here have been maintained and we will be back.

awondering - Visited May 2018

Great hosts, one of our party was delayed flying up from Wellington, no problem here never rushed table was ours for the night, prawns were cooked perfect, everyone was happy, thanks for a great night team.

BILJANA KANACKI - Visited May 2018

One of the most beautiful places in Auckland!

Gail Moore - Visited May 2018

Best resturant . Staff are exceptional. Awesome food. Thanks

Dhanniya Morton - Visited May 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Stunning location. Hubby had the eye fillet, while I had the veal marsala, both were cooked to perfection. We shared the tiramisu for dessert which was great as I definitely think it's too rich for one person. We are already talking about going back to Windross for the next date night to try more from their menu so it's a winner with us!

Christina Doone - Visited May 2018

I can't say enough how delicious the food is. It was an amazing experience. Lovely staff. Top Notch!

Sally Penman - Visited May 2018

Lovely evening with great food and excellent service. Will definitely visit again in the daytime to make the most of the stunning location.

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41 Shelly Beach Parade, Cockle Bay, Auckland