Truffle Hunting in the Hurunui


Truffles – an indulgent food enjoyed all over the world but grown right here in North Canterbury. 

Some say France is the world champion of truffles – and while we won’t deny they produce exquisite truffles – we think those produced in the Hurunui region rival the best of them.

Given its temperate climate and mineral-rich soil, North Canterbury has proven to be an ideal place for growing truffles.

Grown in association with tree roots, truffles were first introduced to Hurunui in 2003 by Bill Lee, affectionately known as ‘King Truffles.’ Bill and his family of truffle hunters have since planted 6000 trees throughout the region. The family-run business, Kings Truffles now supplies the highest quality fresh black truffles to domestic and international markets.  

What’s more exciting is that Kings Truffles offer a hands-on experience to showcase their tasty offering. 

In the heart of Canterbury’s limestone country, Jax Lee-May takes visitors through the beautiful surroundings on their popular truffle hunts. The hunts are quick to sell out each season, so early bookings are encouraged. 

As one of NZ’s finest truffle connoisseurs, Jax is a powerhouse of knowledge and gives a great insight into the operation, from planting to eating. Jax is always joined by one of her four furry helpers - Freddy, Moose, Snoop and Shaddy. The dogs work their magic sniffing out the best of New Zealand’s black gold.  

The truffle hunts provide the public with the chance to get the first pick of truffles harvested – and enjoy a feast of pasta and truffle butter. 

During the truffle season, Kings Truffles can also be found on a selection of Winery and Cellar Door menus throughout the North Canterbury Wine Region.

Keep your eyes peeled for 2022 truffle hunt release dates.

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