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We are a fully mobile contract 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.

Flying Trestles make delicious feasts in ANY location – indoors, outdoors, on a mountain top, beside a glittering lake or on a beautiful sandy beach. Established in 1990, we’re renowned for our food creativity. Our commitment is to provide fresh, local seasonal and nutritious produce, whatever the occasion or event to deliver you only the finest cuisine.

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We specialise in weddings, corporate and incentive events, and private functions, and have an impeccable reputation in the film and TV commercial industry. We’ll tailor cuisine to perfectly suit your style and group size. Our home is Central Otago, where we’ve built a solid reputation in Wanaka, where the business first started, and Queenstown, where the head office is based. We also have an Auckland depot supporting the North Island.

We’ve got one philosophy with food – keep it simple and let the food tell the story. We don’t write menus to confuse you with fancy words, we don’t see the point. We describe the food simply so you understand what we’re cooking but use amazing flavours tried and tested during the last 23 years, which people love and talk about!

Our chefs and our team…

We have two main Head Chefs – Flying Trestles founder Colin Sutherland who has been preparing meals since 1982, and Mike Pugh who has been with Flying Trestles for over 10 years and had a number of his own award-winning restaurants before joining Trestles. We also have a remarkable network of local talented chefs who we love to work with and have been given the Flying Trestles seal of approval!

We’d like to extend our deepest thanks..

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

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About Us

We’ve been dishing up ‘top-notch’ cuisine since 1990 and have a rich history of delivering “on location” catering to the movie and TV commercial industry  in and around New Zealand but occasionally overseas in places like Papa New Guinea and Japan. Our catering doesn’t stop with TV & Film and we love to cater at conferences, corporate and sporting events, private functions such as anniversaries, birthdays and of course weddings.

We’re located in Queenstown, Central Otago in New Zealand’s South Island and just west of Auckland in the North Island. Our fleet of mobile commercial kitchen trucks and portable equipment enables us to operate effectively anywhere in New Zealand but you’ll often see us in Glenorchy, Wanaka, Queenstown and around Auckland. We are dedicated to providing only the most delicious, healthy and varied food ANYWHERE – whether it’s  in our own backyard or in the most remote location.

We love to use Merino lamb from Colin’s farm (he’s one of the bosses… see more info about Col below), where the sheep have a happy life being fed organically (not certified) but you can ‘taste the difference’, it has amazing flavour!

Each of our seven ‘Flying Kitchen Trucks’ is self-contained, equipped with its own generator, water, gas and waste tanks, walk-in refrigerator plus a freezer, six hob gas ovens and dishwasher.

We also have modular field kitchens – ovens, barbeques, stove tops and water boilers – and a really cool alloy cage that can transport everything we need to cater by helicopter into remote locations. We also have thermal hot boxes and a ton of other equipment you haven’t even thought of!

So, whether you want a wedding on your farm or homestead, want to shoot a TV commercial in Glenorchy or the Coromandel, a film in Perth or Stewart Island, cater for a conference in Queenstown or Wellington, or the crew getting together for a game of backyard cricket, we can sort the catering from one of our trucks and provide fresh, seasonal home-made healthy and nutritious food to suit most budgets. Special dietary requirements are no problem either (believe me, we’ve had them all)…

Best of all, we drive all the mess away.

The Flying Trestles story…

Colin Sutherland…
Colin Sutherland and wife, Kirstie Follis, established Ripples Restaurant in Wanaka in 1982 – four years later they sold up and opted for a cooking career in the great outdoors. Back then the business consisted only of the two of them, a 4m-long caravan and a Land Rover; but they said, “It’s incredible – our kitchen parked up in a different location every day and you meet some truly remarkable people”.

En route to one of their first jobs, travelling to provide catering for a Toyota commercial in New Zealand’s back-country with the late Barry Crump (known affectionately as Crumpie), 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!

Our commitment is to provide fresh, local seasonal and nutritious produce, whatever the occasion or event…

We have had so many psoitive 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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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.

We would highly recommend Flying Trestles to anyone

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

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Weddings

For your Special Day

At Flying Trestles we consider it a privilege to be a part of one of the most special and memorable days in a couple’s life.

We work with the bride and groom to ensure they deliver a sensational culinary experience to their guests and we’ll do it in ANY location throughout New Zealand – in paddocks, homesteads, on a mountain top, beside a glittering lake and of course, at exquisite 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…

People are still talking about how awesome your food was.

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

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Our Food

Our food!
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Functions & Events

Creating delicious seasonal food for events is our ‘thing’.

Flying Trestles provides catering for all sorts of functions and events – both corporate and incentive groups – not only in Central Otago’s Queenstown and Wanaka, but in many locations throughout New Zealand.

We’ll do all the hard work no matter the size of your event and we’ll do whatever is needed to ensure the food at your event is second-to-none. Whether it’s a big event for 1000 or on the smaller scale for around 60 – we’ll  adjust to suit you. We’re happy to work with your food preferences and ideas and incorporate the food into the style of event. For example, if you have a ‘Lord of The Rings’ style event we can tailor a ‘Middle Earth menu’ or perhaps a substantial canapé only walk and fork style of service. The options are endless.

In terms of food delivery we can come along in one of our Flying Kitchen Trucks and prepare everything for you on site then simply drive away (with the mess!). If there isn’t the space or you want something ‘low key’ then no problem, 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.

We have had so many psoitive 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.

No matter the size of your event we’ll do whatever is needed to ensure the food at your event is second-to-none

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Functions - Ray McVinnie Gallery
Functions - Ray McVinnie Gallery
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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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Functions - TRENZ Gallery
Functions - TRENZ Gallery
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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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Functions - TSS Earnslaw Gallery
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TSS Earnslaw

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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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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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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The Olive Grove, Lake Wanaka

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The Lookout Lodge, Lake Wanaka

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Criffel Woolshed, Lake Wanaka

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Moonlight Country, Queenstown

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Snow Farm Lodge, Cardrona

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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We’re dedicated to providing only the most delicious, healthy and varied food ANYWHERE – whether it’s in your own backyard or in the most remote location.

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We can’t wait for you to call us to discuss your catering needs at your next function or wedding don’t hesitate…

…ring us NOW on 0800 trestles
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Email
catering@flyingtrestles.co.nz
Mobile
021801047
Phone
+64 (0)3 441 4646
Postal
Flying Trestles, PO Box 2158, Wakatipu, Queenstown 9349, NEW ZEALAND