On a gorgeous winters day I tagged along with guests to photograph the Wallingford Truffle Hunt and to taste the masterclass's culinary delights. Located near Poranghau, Central Hawke's Bay, Wallingford Homestead is a gorgeously preserved farm homestead offering luxury accommodation and an amazing culinary experience.
Ready to sniff out truffles, Jim is Wallingford Homestead's truffle hunter
A sunlight bathed view of Wallingford Homestead
Bathed in sun, one of the lounge rooms inside Wallingford Homestead.
Guests make their way to the Oak tree plantation to hunt for truffles.
A short walk through Central Hawke's Bay farmland on Wallingford Station, guests soon arrive at the Oak tree plantation where the truffles lay hidden in the earth.
Truffles are found and marked
Jim the Truffle dog finding the nuggets of culinary gold
The view of the homestead from the gates of the pool house
The Wallingford Homestead pool house
Chef Chris Stockdale delivering the truffle masterclass and entertains the guests
Wife and husband power due Chris and Jeanette Stockdale chat to the guests while preparing lunch
Gnocchi being prepared
Guests enjoying a five-course lunch with a truffle theme
Food preparation in the Wallingford Homestead pool house
Homemade pasta at its best.
Gumboots at the entrance way. An essential fashion item for the truffle hunt.
One of the family border collie's sitting at the guest's feet. Hoping for dropped morsels of food.
Guests sitting at pool house's long table, watching their five-course lunch be prepared by Chef Chris Stockdale.
Guests kept warm by one of the many wood fires at Wallingford Homestead