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Reviews and testimonials

Guests who appreciate the tradition and quiet of our historic-listed Homestead tend to "get" what we do and enjoy the understated approach we take.

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“one of those special places where Mother Nature said ‘Stop.  I’ve got it! It’s absolutely perfect’”

– Chuck Henry, NBC-TV Travel Café


"...a haven! We came to stay when we needed to find peace, cosseting & lovely people"

- Thelma Barlow, Granada Television Coronation Street (UK)


“I feel restored”

- Liz Mitchell, Academy Awards couturier


“great hosts, great beds, great place!”

– Roger Donaldson, film director Cocktail, The Bounty, Dante’s Peak etc


"suble, sexy and stunning"

- Peta Mathias, television food celebrity


“special and precious.. I feel fully restored to face the rigours of the opera world once more!”

- Helen Medlyn, international mezzo-soprano


“with gratitude for my stay as Ambassador to Paradise”

– Her Excellency, U.S. Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun


"the rest of the world quickly melts away... the point of comparison for food is New York's Waldorf Astoria. Orongo Bay Homestead has perfected the art"

- Air New Zealand magazine


“a peaceful retreat cleverly combined with good food for the soul… every whim was catered for”

- Suzy Aiken, TV news anchor, Australia


"a top-of-the-range, exclusive retreat"

- House & Garden


"far more than excellent food and an impressive wine list. It's not surprising that Joanna Lumley, has sent her friends to stay"

- Cuisine Magazine


"a near-perfect blend of location, hospitality and especially food"

- Metro Magazine (reviewed: 4 stars)


"a luxury retreat...Michael performs culinary magic...Chris spoils you rotten"

- Gourmet Traveller


"all the niceties to be found in a 5-star hotel" 

- Sunday Star Times


"little details are what makes the ambience special....magnificent

gardens... gorgeous views"

- Cleo Magazine