Hungry or Thirsty?

Want a Great Night Out?

Then visit The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar...

Near Tahuna Beach, 8 Tahunanui Drive, State Highway 6, Nelson, New Zealand


LEVEL 2 SERVICE: We are now open with our full menu for dine-in, pickup and delivery. If you plan to dine in we recommend you call us with your reservation as seating will be limited. Remember you will need to maintain one metre distancing from people outside your group. For information about food safety please refer to our Latest News

(by readers of Nelson's Wild Tomato magazine)


(Nelson Hospitality Awards)

FINALIST in four categories for the New Zealand round of the Global Pizza Challenge

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2011-2019

Named "BEST 10 PIZZA IN NEW ZEALAND" by Localist

Welcome to the home of award-winning gourmet pizza in Nelson since 2002.  Excite your tastebuds with our authentic wood-fired pizzas and fresh home-made pasta, be entertained by our lively atmosphere and treat yourself to a great night at The Hot Rock!  Perfect for sharing with friends, or the whole family - we look forward to serving you... 

Great location near the Beach...
Right at the doorstep of Tahuna Beach you'll find the best little pizza bar around! Decked out with chunky wooden tables and a great personality, you'll want to slide into the warm and buzzing atmosphere to experience award winning pizza and pasta.

The secret's in our Italian wood-fired oven...
To achieve the mouth-watering flavours, we prepare our fresh local ingredients and pizzas in an Italian wood-fired oven - the only genuine wood-fired pizzeria in Nelson! Fresh hot-smoked salmon and fantastic wood-roasted meats and veggies give our food that special something, using a fine blend of native wood for fuel that enhances the natural flavours of our fresh regional food.

We put time and love into preparing our dishes...
Only the best and freshest available ingredients make it onto our pizzas. Our chefs lovingly handcraft our thin base pizzas with homemade dough, sauces and toppings. Hungry yet? I haven't even told you about our delicious fresh homemade pasta and healthy salads, or the fresh mussels and hearty ribs! Treat yourself to our popular desserts. Even if you're a fussy eater there's always something we can do for you (vegetarian, vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and egg-free options!).

A great night out...
It's not just the food, it's the whole experience. We support the region's craft breweries and wineries with a great selection of wines and over twenty local and international ales. At the end of your meal if you need a caffeine fix, you'll love Bel-Aire Blend of espresso coffee from Nelson's ZUMO coffee roaster. Stay wired with our free WiFi.

Come and experience the superb food, service and hospitality at The Hot Rock!

Now fully air-conditioned for your year-round comfort.

Stay mobile with our Mobile Website - Just scan the QR code below on your smartphone.

It's always a good idea to book, just phone (03)546-4421 or use the Booking Request.

We look forward to serving you soon.

When you can enjoy The Hot Rock...

We are open six nights, Tuesdy to Sunday from 4:30pm. It's always a pleasure... Our friendly staff will be delighted to serve you. If you are planning to arrive after 9pm please make a reservation as we may close earlier than our licensed hours. Fully licensed until 11pm, 12pm Friday and Saturday night, 1am New Year's Eve.

Takeaways Available - Target time 10 minutes. We also deliver and now offer "Contactless Delivery" - please visit our Deliveries page. Collect 10 takeaway stickers and get a large Value Pizza FREE!

Groups and Private Functions of 4 to 40 people can be catered for in our restaurant. Please contact us for reservations.

Public Holidays - We are CLOSED on public holidays except New Year's Day, 2nd January, Good Friday and Anzac Day.

Surcharges - We have a surcharge policy to provide our customers with the lowest possible prices. Why should you have to pay extra for someone else's meal on public holidays or their credit card air miles, for example? There is a 15% surcharge on public holidays to help recover the higher labour costs and there is a 2% surcharge on credit and contactless transactions to offset the costs charged by the payment provider (e.g. credit card companies). There is NO card transaction surcharge for Insert/Swipe EFT-POS card transactions or for payment by Cash.

Gift Vouchers - We accept Restaurant Asociation of NZ Gift Vouchers and Gift Cards. Phone us or call in and pick up a Hot Rock Gift Voucher. We will happily mail your Gift Voucher to anyone, anywhere!



Phone: +64 (3) 546-4421
8 Tahunanui Drive, State Highway 6, Nelson 7011, New Zealand

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