Hereweka Garden Retreat

Almost Spring at Hereweka Garden Retreat - 20th Jul 2018

Winter Sweet, chimonanthus praecox, in winter garden at luxury accommodation, Otago Peninsula

We have had such a mild July on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin that it feels like spring is almost upon us.

From our luxury accommodation on th Otago Peninsula, Dunedin you can already view several trees and shrubs in flower.

The early rhohodendrons are in bloom as is our white flowering Magnolia campbellii Caerhays clone. 

The air is full of sweet smells, Witch hazel, Winter Sweet and Daphnes perfume the air while hellebores and snowdrops are making a wonderful display.

Hereweka Retreat is the perfect accommodation to take a winter break.

You can also take advantage of our low winter rates 

As well as our winter garden you can also enjoy the luxurious accommodation we provide at our Retreat including a cosy wood burner, wool insulation, and light streaming in from the many floor to ceiling windows and french doors of our architecturally designed building.

Winter Rates and Bumper crops - 29th Apr 2018

organic vegetable garden. Corn crop

After Easter we move from our summer rate of $325 per night to our winter rate of $280 per night. We offer an additional  10% discount on bookings over 4 nights. (You will neeed to email us directly to recieve this discount.)

 If you look at our TripAdvisor reviews you will see that our guest really enjoy their stay over the winter season.

Hereweka Retreat is a gorgeous, light restful space to be in.

The Retreat has a cozy wood burner.

Double glazed windows with wonderful views and light.

Fully insulated with sustainable and enviromentally sound wool bats.

The organic vegetable garden has been put to bed with a mulch of pea straw, seaweed and animal manure.

But what a bumper season we have had. The corn has never grown as well as this year. Wonderful to have enough to give away to family, friends and guests at the Retreat.

 Carrots, beetroot, lettuce, leeks, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel and many herbs continue to thrive.We are even picking some late tomatoes from the glasshouse.

Dany, our Chef continues to cook delicious meals using fresh organic vegetables. She will continue to do so over the winter months.

If you need a quiet few days away over the winter months Hereweka Garden Retreat is a perfect. 

Luxury Accommodation has fresh FIGS for your breakfast tray! - 6th Feb 2018

Luxury Accommodation has fresh FIGS for your breakfast tray!

Its hard to believe but our fig tree has ripe figs ready for picking.

Most summers we don't have figs ripe until well into March.

But with the warmest January on record everything is early in the organic vegetable garden.

If you look carefully at the photograph you will see several ripe figs in the trug.

While we have surplus we delight in adding figs to the fruit bowl which we supply with your organic breakfast tray.

Our guests have been enjoying their delicious fresh flavour.

Organic Vegetable Garden Bountiful - 28th Jan 2018

Green beans picked yesterday from our organic vegetable garden

With the warmest summer on record here at Hereweka Garden Retreat, on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, our organic vegetable garden has never been so productive .

Our adult children looked after our luxury accommodation while we took two weeks holiday.

We were almost overwhelmed by the abundance of produce in our vegetble garden when we arrived home .

You can see in the photo the trug full of green beans freshly picked . 

We have been sending friends and family home loaded up with vegetables- beans, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, cucmbers and carrots.

We have been able to supply guests with our surplus vegetables too.

Next installement of news will be a photo of our ripe figs!

Peter picked 6 ripe figs this evening. Delicious!

They are at least 5 weeks earlier than usual.

We love adding fresh figs to the breakfast tray we supply for our guests.


Chef at Hereweka - 21st Dec 2017

Roasted Quail in Central Otago wild thyme and oregano

We feel very fortunate to have Dany, our Gourmet chef, working for us at our luxury accommodation on the Otago Peninsula.

We are getting rave reviews from our guests who love being able to eat in at our Retreat accommodation

You do have the choice of two restaurants just a 5 minute drive from our accommodation if you want some variety. However once guests taste  what Dany has to offer most guests choose to eat at Hereweka.

If you go to the links on our website you can click through to dany's website you can look at her current menu.


Perennial garden peak at Hereweka Retreat Accommodation - 17th Nov 2017

Perennial Border at Hereweka Garden Retreat Accommodation

We look forward each year in our garden to when the perennial border is at its peak.

This happens about now and these borders are at their best between mid November until Chritmas.

Our luxury accommodation on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin is beautifully situated for full sun and is sheltered by the surrounding trees.

The perennial border flourishes in this aspect and our Retreat accommodtion has large windows that look diretly out on to the garden.


NZ Life and Leisure- Feature - 18th Oct 2017

NZ Life and Leisure- Feature

“Even after 35 years here we still wake up, look out the window and are thrilled by what we see in the garden,” says Anna.

How wonderful to have Hereweka Garden Retreat featured in this article. 

Please follow the below link to read all about Our Garden and why we love our little slice of paradise

Ideal Time to view the Southern Aurora - 1st May 2017

Ideal Time to view the Southern Aurora

It is the perfect time to be viewing the Aurora Australis from  Hoopers Inlet right now!
Our son follows closely and let us know when its a good time to venture out into the night to take a look.
The other night he rang us to say that conditions were perfect for viewing the Aurora.
We were very excited as we had guests in our Retreat who were really keen to to see this spectacular display. 
We all went down to the end of the drive and there it was.Wow!!
The photo belows not ours. It was taken by our son Jarrah.
He lives on the town side of Hoopers Inlet so took the high road out to Hoopers Inlet and this is what he saw.
From our luxury accommodation at Hereweka on the Otago Peninsula you can walk out onto the deck from the Reteat and get a specacular view of the Southern Sky.
There is no light pollution and no street lights.
Our guests love it.

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