“Charming and unpretentious – Out in the Styx is a homely guesthouse, with the supremely magical Sanctuary Mountain in its backyard”

A favourite Mt Eden Cycles (MEC) destination is Out in the Styx.  At MEC we like to run training camps and getaways for our shop cycling community.

Our most successful of these is our ventures to Out in the Styx.

Our customers have been very clear why this is their preferred destination.

1) The road riding from the Styx is amazing.  Super quiet roads are available in all 4 directions from the Styx.  We can choose to ride big hills, rolling terrain or a flatter route.     We can do this safely whilst enjoying the stunning Waikato countryside.

2) If we want to ride MTB’s we can pop down to the Waikato River trails which are only a few km’s front the Styx. If we want something even more stunning than that, the Styx is very close to the Timber Trail which has to be one of the premier cycling trails in NZ.

3) But perhaps the reason our customers  keep wanting to return to the Styx is that the Food is soooo amazing.  Every meal is a surprising treat that will blow you away.  This coupled with the wonderful relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful surroundings including the native bird sanctuary which is almost a stone’s throw away, means no one can be disappointed with this venue.

We will continue to return there time and time again!


Mark Taylor

Owner , Mt Eden Cycles

Wonderful spot to stay with stunning views. Strongly advise that you don’t eat much for two days prior to your visit and you will not need food for a day or so afterwards. Mary and Lance are superb hosts, meals are beautifully prepared, there is a great atmosphere with a spa to sit in at any time of the day but extra special early or later in the day for listening to the bird calls of tui and bellbird.

The Styx is a short distance from Maungatautari Mountain Scenic Reserve and that’s worth at least two days of exploring, a wonderful conservation project that is reviving the native forest. Excellent advice from Lance on how to walk Maungatautari Mountain and a drop off can be arranged. This is a great place for recharging the batteries. Not to be missed.


I have just returned from Out In the Styx Lodge and Café and a fantastic Dinner and Breakfast were included in the price of our room! The evening meal consisted of Soup, Main Course, and Dessert, all of which were absolutely delicious. And the breakfast was cereal, fruit, yoghurt, etc. plus toast and jam, and then a frittata.

We were there to go hiking in the Maungatautari Reserve, but that was difficult after eating all that lovely food!

I can highly recommend both the Out In the Styx Café and accommodation.

Phyllis M. Jackson

This is a destination rural restaurant, about 40 minutes from Hamilton. Menu options are “take it or leave it”, but why would you leave it. Delicious variety of soup, mains, salads and desserts. Well stocked bar. Friendly staff
Mike R

Top Notch & Wholesome

Such a lovely, homely atmosphere…. Friendly personable staff…. Warm log fire…. Just right for a chilly winter’s night escape from my own kitchen!
The food was wholesome, healthy and mm mmmmm … scrumptious!
We live “out in the sticks” ourselves and so there aren’t any decent eateries nearby, so every now and again we make an extra effort and travel to a good eatery. And now we discover this one only 20 minutes away from home!!!
It’s ideal for big groups, or just couples…. and the food that comes out of their kitchen is presented banquet style. Each course laid out for you to help yourself…. it’s like a home away from home.
About the only negative thing I could say about the food is there’s too much of it!!! Ha ha ha…
If you are looking for somewhere with a beautiful outlook and great hosts, plus quality food, then this is it. However, you must book. They only fire up the stove if there are enough people booked in.

Wandering Kiwis