About this listing
Hereweka Garden Retreat is luxury eco accommodation on the Otago Peninsula> It has been architecturally designed to blend in with the stunning natural setting of garden, bush and water. This boutique accommodation is self-contained and offers complete privacy. Enjoy your complimentary homemade organic breakfast hamper while absorbing the magnificent views from every window. The retreat is situated in the heart of Hereweka Garden, part of a 12 acre property ,which is surrounded by forest, bush and water views.
Hereweka is the ideal choice of accommodation for those who appreciate eco sustainable practice, nature, luxury and aesthetics. Whether you are on vacation, looking for a weekend getaway, celebrating a special occasion including birthdays, anniversaries or honeymoons or simply longing for time-out in a tranquil environment, this is the perfect destination.
Hereweka Garden Retreat is situated on the Otago Peninsula, at Hereweka Garden, Hoopers Inlet, close to many attractions, 30 minutes drive from Dunedin central city
Located in Otago, Hereweka garden retreat is really lovely with a big beautiful garden. Both the environment and the inside facilities truly satisfied us. The most impressive thing during our stay is enthusiastic treatment by Anna and her husband. They helped us a lot and introduced entertainments in Otago. Staying in Hereweka is one of the best experiences we had in New Zealand South Island. Thanks.
Unbelievable retreat. Although we only stayed at Hereweka one night, we enjoyed spectacular views, luxurious accommodation, helpful hosts, and a walk through the botanical and horticultural wonderland that Peter and Anna are able to call their garden. Stay here if you get the chance--highly recommended.
This cabin more than lived up to our high expectations: beautiful, eco-built, and up a bit of twisting dirt road that just literally takes you out of the ordinary, and into the transcendent. This was the most expensive place we stayed on our trip, but it is also the place we most wished we could have spent more time. Totally worth it!
We only got a chance to meet Peter, but we enjoyed talking about the history of the house with him. He won his hosting gold-star by calling the Portobello restaurant on our behalf to determine if it was booked... when it turned out to be spontaneously closed due to low traffic instead, he saved our bacon by bringing around some of their own dinner! Combined with the home-made (heh) eggs, bread and fresh fruit and the collection of preserves which come with the room, we ate like camping royalty :)
About the Host, Anna
Your hosts at Hereweka Garden Retreat are Peter Cooke and Anna Moore. Peter is the local Portobello General Practitioner while Anna works as a psychotherapist in Private Practice in Dunedin. Both now work part-time so they have opportunities to follow their other passions.
Anna and Peter met at University, and right from the start shared a passion for the natural environment, gardening, organics and sustainable practices. In 1983, with two young children, they fell in love with this property and felt that many of their dreams could be realised here. They purchased the property and named it Hereweka Garden.
Building a Luxurious Garden Retreat on the Otago Peninsula
Quite apart from the beauty of the surroundings there were many other aspects to this property which gave it huge potential. It was situated on a sheltered north-facing slope with a unique micro-climate allowing for a huge variety of plants to be grown. A ridge of original native forest had miraculously survived the plunder of clearing, burning and logging. There was abundant wildlife; both on the property and within easy reach of it.
Everything fell into place. The general practitioner for the area had recently left and Peter began practicing medicine as the local doctor. The medical practice had run down, so initially Peter was working part-time and spent his precious free hours developing Hereweka Garden Retreat. Anna stayed at home to look after their growing family - two more children were born here - and helped Peter develop the garden and nursery.
Stunningly Beautiful Ecological Accommodation
Since then, Peter and Anna have turned their dream into a reality. Today Hereweka Garden Retreat has a three acre garden, including a large organic vegetable garden and orchard. The ridge of native trees is protected by a QE II National Trust open space covenant, with the rest of the property planted out in several hundred exotic trees, many of which are rare and unusual. The property is managed by organic, sustainable methods. Open by appointment to visitors, it has become well-known and has been featured several times in major New Zealand garden magazines.