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
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.