WairarapaEat & Drink
2 customers sniff their wine at Karahui wine bar.

Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery

Karahui Wine Bar & Eatery showcases incredible food and a curated wine selection. In what was once Martinborough’s historic bank, elegant decor has given the building a new lease on life.

In te reo Māori, karahui means “to come together, gather, and meet” — the establishment fulfils the promise of its name.

Passionate and experienced locals built the bar from the ground up. Dudley-Anne and Murray Hill of Neighbourhood Coffee, Dan Murphy of Lismore House, and Karen-Anne Frost teamed up to create Karahui. The group are well-versed in creating atmosphere and experience, putting local talent at the core of everything they do.

Bar staff from Karahui wine bar pours a glass of white wine.

Karahui’s menu includes sharing plates and delectable morsels. Dishes are seasonal, nourishing, and creative, combining bold flavours with delicate touches. They’re also beautiful, with each plate looking almost too good to eat. The team sources ingredients from local producers, so you know every mouthful is as fresh as can be.

The wine list reads almost like a local phone book. Wairarapa producers make up much of the menu, while a selection of international drops will satisfy the more adventurous. If you’re looking to pair your wines with your meal, the friendly staff are able to guide your choice.

When it comes to decor, Karahui has struck the balance between comfort and character. Once a BNZ bank, the historic building dates back to 1909. Original features have been preserved, while modern touches bring it into the current century.

The final result is vibrant, modern, and bright. Winter calls for a cosy seat inside, while in summertime the outdoor courtyard overlooking Martinborough is the place to be.

The exterior of Karahui wine bar, light blue and white with gold trim, and customers walking around in front.