Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Day 2

X marks the spot!



Monday, November 26th, 2012

Day 1!!!

Today is Day One of the build, everything out, carpet to be removed, and off we go!!


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

It’s Our Party…


are Grinners!



The AmiGos Crew are very keen Disc Golfers, and this week Jes came home with the title of South Island Champion!


If you’ve not had a go, well it’s the best value fun to be had in Wanaka we reckon. There’s Maps available at the counter to show you around the course, and we’ll even sort you out with a frisbee or two if you need ‘em. Get out there!


It’s our Party, and We’ll

Cry if We Want To!


Aiy Caramba the time does fly. It’s our Birthday this month… 14 years since we quit our jobs, sold our home and moved South to the great unknown with a three year old Dylan! Some journey AmiGos, and it’s about to get even more exciting! We still don’t know when we’ll be shifting to the new venue, but it will become clearer  as the builders get there heads around it over the next few weeks and we’ll let you know as soon as we can!


We’ll be having a major league party before we move, that’s a promise, so look forward to your invitation to that!


In the meantime, there’s some of the Architects concept drawings below… It’s going to be very very cool amigos, Mexican picnics on the lawn anyone? Have a look, and give us your thoughts. We’d love to hear what you think, what you like, and general feedback!! Click here and send us an email!


The pathway from the road… lots of lawn to lounge on in the summer sun AmiGos!

Some nice tucked away corners, as well as room for large groups…

The view through those full height windows is simply outstanding AmiGos!

Another AmiGos Champion! 

This is Daina, our newest member of the Kitchen Crew… she’s a seriously competitive lass, not only our reigning Chilli Champion in the recent heats, but a Perfect Woman candidate to boot! Both her and Jes are off to the Hokianga next month to represent AmiGos in the NZ chilli eating champs… Look OUT Winterless North, the girls are gonna represent!!



Open 7 Days from 5.00pm. Call us on 443 7872 or email us here.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

AmiGos on the MOVE!


Holy Guacamole…

Big News!


It’s getting busier and busier Amigos, you’ve probably noticed! Despite the daily miracles that Nicki performs, we have to turn away far too many of you every day. We hate doing it, and we need to solve it!


We’ve looked at some of the new developments in town, and other potential venues, but nothing quite seemed to tick the boxes for us, until the phone rang about a month ago, with a very intriguing offer, would we like to move AmiGos into the Wanaka Hotels Guest Lounge… 


Nicki in pensive mode

Fantastic fireplace eh!


It’s an awesome room, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake and mountains, a huge cosy fireplace for winter, with a new conservatory being added onto the front of the room, opening out onto a patio and that beautiful big expanse of lawn for summer picnics, Mexican style!

If you’ve been wondering why we’ve been a bit quiet on the newsletters and Facebook, well perhaps you’ll understand why now… a lot of plotting, planning and dreaming while keeping on top of our busiest trading months of the year…

We’ve got the ball rolling, signed leases, borrowed a shedload of money (gulp), and now all the plans for a big new kitchen/bar are being drawn up by the architect, and the Dining Room layout being worked through. It might all happen as soon as Christmas, or perhaps early in the new year. Pretty quickly anyway, so look out for another update very soon AmiGos!


Click the Yellow Banner to reserve online, or call us on 443 7872.

7 evenings from 5pm

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Hot Hot Hot!!!

Announcing the Wanaka Leg of the NZ Chillie Eating Champs!

Saturday Sept. 1st at 8.oopm…


Mark this date in your diary AmiGos, it’s going to be HOT! Come up for a laugh at the crazy people, or be one of the crazy people and enter… The winner on the night has the option of attending the finals in the Hokianga. Flights, accomodation & spending money provided!


Even if you don’t win, make it to the final round on the night and walk away with some great prizes! Only $20 to enter, which includes all the challenge food, and a complimentary Beer or Margarita to help with the Dutch (Mexican?) courage!


Take a sneek peek, follow this link…


Brought to you by our lunatic

friends at Fire Dragon Chillies!





Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Make it Snow, and Win $100 of vouchers!

Post and Tag a piccy of you and your friends doing the snowdance on our facebook page, and we’ll buy each person in the picture a Margarita or Brewski when dining in. The BEST pic will be voted for, and $100 of vouchers will be given away!! Competition closes when Mt. Roy has its next decent winter layer!




PassionBerry Margaritas!


Here’s Jes, the creator, admiring her handiwork!  Passionfruit pulp, Berry liqueurs and El Jimador Tequila in a sugar and cinnamon rimmed glass.


9.99… but one isn’t enough AmiGos!






How to do the SNOWDANCE!
1. turn your pajamas inside out and put them on.
2. Gather white beads and a couple pieces of white paper, and lots of friends and booze!


3. Rip up the paper into small pieces.


4. Turn your music on real loud and dance.


5. While you dance, throw the paper and beads around your room. (Make sure you take some piccies to upload to our facebook page!)
6. when you are so tired/drunk that you can’t dance or throw the paper and beads around any longer, pick up the beads and pieces of paper put them inside your pillow case and go to sleep.


I’m assured this will work eventually AmiGos, and what fun!

Another Winner!



Early Birds $10 Special

Before 6.30


4 winter chillies to choose from;


Chilli Colorado (Shredded Beef)


Chilli Verde

(Pork Belly)


Chilli con Carne

(Tex Mex Classic)


Chilli Verduras

(Winter Vegies)


Just like a curry, except Yummier, Healthier, Bigger and Cheaper!!


Order Online Here!


Or call us

03 443 78972


7 days from 5.00pm







Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Didn’t we do well!


Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Muchas Gracias mis AmiGos… Resultado FanTastico!




That’s the amount Kahu Youth will get for this years ‘Kids Takin’ Over AmiGos’!


Last years total paid for the ‘Cribs’ landline for the year, this year the plan is to replace their very well worn pool table with a new one!


Thanks kids for all your hard work… and Muchas Gracias to all of you who came up and supported their efforts. That’s the best result in the 4 years of running these nights,  which says a lot about our great Members we reckon. Resultado Fantastico!!



Some Warming Additions

for the Colder Months…


Albondigas. Classic dish of spicy meatballs & vegies in a rich tomato sauce.


Chilli Verde. Caramelized pork belly, slow braised with tangy green tomatillos.


Chilli con Carne. The Tex Mex classic of ground beef cooked with red kidney beans in a spicy tomato sauce.


Chilli con Verduras. A mix of seasonal vegetables. Chilli con carne, minus the meat!




Guestlist Update…


Fancy an extra 30 members points? We’ve added a ‘your interests’ section to the profile pages, so that we can send you offers based on the things you like… take a minute and update your profile, and there’s a 30 point bonus in it for you… remember that the more of your profile you complete, the more ways you get rewarded! Click Here to access your Members Area.




Smart Special This Week…


Use our ‘SmartOrder’ online takeout system this week, and get 25% off the bill! In the Notes area, add the code

‘SMART 25%’ to get the deal!





_____________________“Deserve your Dreams”Octavio Paz, Mexican Poet & Diplomat. (1914~1998)_____________________



We now stock Green Man Tequila Beer! It’s AWESOME!! Click the logo & check them out!



Aliens sighted

in Lismore Park!


The AmiGos Crew have discovered Disc Golf, golf with a frisbee! Thanks to the untiring efforts of a small group of locals, there’s now 18 Baskets and Tees laid out in Lismore park. We have maps of the course here, and  any old frisbee will do to get you started. Great FREE fun AmiGos… Get out there!!

“The most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”

Salma Hayek. Mexican Actress


Win a trip for 2 to the Winterless North, and Represent Wanaka in the Finals of the NZ Chillie Eating ChampsFinals are held in November, and we’ll be hosting a round in late Aug / early Sept.

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Bit Bright Eh!

Sorry about the garish colours below AmiGos… it looks fine as an email to the Guestlist, but didn’t copy/paste that well to here!!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The Kids are Takin’ Over!

Hola Waz, Welcome to Winter!


With all the frost in the mornings, and chill in the air, some Hot Mexican and Heart Warming stories are in order, and this first one ticks both boxes…


First up, and fantatsically for the fourth year running, we have the Kids Adventure Club coming in to run the restaurant on 4 nights this month, Tuesday and Thursday, this week and next.


Come and enjoy a great night out, being waited on and cooked for by our local kids, with half the funds raised donated to Kahu Youth Trust, money that goes on to fund the many great activities and events that they initiate and run for our young people…


Make a reservation please, and tell us that you’re booking for the Kahu Kids on

443 7872 or reply to this email.


(We disabled the online bookings for these nights so we can keep a firm grip on things!!)



Here’s a nice winter warmer for a bunch of little AmiGos! Soon to be running around with warm new football shirts on those cold mornings!




A Big ‘A’ for AmiGos!


You may have heard that the NZ food safety legislation is changing, with ‘graded’ Environmental Health inspections now being carried out. The requirement from next year is that all food premises must display their grading certificate in a prominent position. We’re very happy to say that AmiGos was graded as an ‘A’ for our food safety systems, record keeping and cleanliness. We work very hard on these ‘invisible’ aspects of the business, and it was gratifying to get some recognition for it!



Guestlist Profile Update…


Fancy an extra 30 members points? We’ve added a ‘your interests’ section to the profile pages, so that we can send you offers based on the things you like… take a minute and update your profile, and there’s a 30 point bonus in it for you… remember that the more of your profile you complete, the more ways you get rewarded! Click Here to access your Members Area.



Hot Happenings!


Win a trip for 2 to the Winterless North, and Represent Wanaka in the Finals of the NZ Chillie Eating Champs


This is perhaps more heart burning than warming AmiGos, but we know a bunch of you like it HOT, as the steady stream of contestants in our Deathwish Chillie Challenge shows!!


We’re just working on the format, but it’s looking like a late August date for hosting a round here, then the finals in November.


Get in shape with 20% off the Fire Dragon ‘Fury’ Sauce, and Blairs Habanero Chips and salsa on our Websites shop, or purchase over the counter.


Guaranteed to banish the cold AmiGos!

“Love is an attempt to conquer another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual”


Octavio Paz, Mexican Poet & Diplomat. (1914~1998)



‘Agent Orange’


Our latest hot sauce… a couple of notches up from our Home Made Jalapeno Sauce… Bhut Jolokia Chillies from Hawea Flat, cooked down in Brown Sugar and Pineapple juice. Pretty hot, extremely tasty! Ask for some by name AmiGos…

“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that’s been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages!”

Dave Barry. Humorist.