Hereweka Garden Retreat

Baby Hooker Sea Lions visit Hereweka Accommodation - 3rd Jun 2019

Baby Hooker Sea Lions at the bottom of driveway

I couldn't believe my eyes the other day when driving home from town I saw 2 baby Hooker Sea Lions folicking in Hoopers Inlet right in front of our driveway!

What a thrill it was to see them.

Although they are breeding prolifically on the Otago Peninsula at  Allans Beach and have a nursery at the mouth of Hoopers Inlet I have never seen them swim up to the head of the Inlet

I couldn't resist. I stopped the car to take a closer look and was rewarded by these two inquisitive babies coming out of the water to check up on me.

If you come to stay at Hereweka Garden Retreat luxury accommodation on the Otago Peninsula and you enjoy wildlife experiences you have come to the right place.

Hereweka Garden Accommodation abundance of autumn flowering plants in May - 16th May 2019

Hydrangea Merits supreme and sasanqua camillia Hereweka Garden

One of the many pleasures of living on our property on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin is to walk around our garden and see what is happening.

Last weekend when we walked in the garden we recorded 60 different species of plants flowering.

We are delighted by this. Over the years we have managed to develop the garden so that it has year round interest.

Apart from the spectacular display of autumn colour there is also plenty of flowering plants to enjoy. 

We are particularly pleased with our collection of autumn flowering sasanqua camellias which we have  planted over the years.

The last of the hydrangea flowers in Autumn also provide a real lift to the garden.

One of my favourite "chores" most Saturdays is to full the house with flowers. 

Sometimes I create an arrangement that feels particularly satisying.

This Saturday was one of those days. Hydrangea Meritts Supreme took centre stage complimented by the delicate soft pink sasanqua camellia.

Stunning Autumn Colours at Retreat Accommodation - 27th Apr 2019

Zelkova in Hereweka Garden on the Otago Peninsula

We love this time of year at Hereweka as the colours on the trees begin to change.

We get a wonderful display of Autumn colour from vivid reds through to bright yellows.

You can see this display of colour from the comfort of the Retreat with it's expansive windows giving you views of the garden in every direction.

Its cosy in the Retreat at this time of year as we have an Eco approved woodburner in the living area.

Bumper Crop of Organic Strawberries At Hereweka Garden Retreat - 8th Mar 2019

Bumper Crop of Organic Strawberries At Hereweka Garden Retreat

With all the wonderful summer weather we have been experiencing lately our strwberry bed has continued to produce a bumper crop.

We garden using sustainable organic methods here at Hereweka, our luxury accommodation on the Otago Peninsula , Dunedin.

The strawberries are no exception. 

In the spring we mulched all the strawberries in fresh organic compost. We make this compost from material on our property.

We then put on a top layer of pine neddles.

The strawberries have responded well to this treatment and I have been able to pick several kilograms to make delicoius organic jam with.

Like everything on the breakfast tray at our luxury accommodation Retreat, all the jams on your tray are homemade using organic sugar.

Garden delights at Hereweka Accommodation - 22nd Feb 2019

Hydrangea walk at Hereweka

At our luxury accommodation on the Otago Peninsula you can enjoy walking in our private botanic gardens.

Our guests have been telling us we should be promoting this more so here I am doing so.

Hydrangeas are at there peak at the end of February. I have added a photo of part of our Hydrangea walk. We have an extensive area of the garden underplanted with hydranges.

We encourage our guests to walk down to the lower part of the grden to enjoy them.

At this time of year our organic vegetable garden in full production.The glasshouse has cucumbers, tomatoes, chillies and basil ripening and outside we have plentiful supplies of beans, corn, greens, beetroot, carrots, fennel and red onions.

Its a wonderful time of year to come an stay at our Retreat accommodation and be surrounded by the beautiful natural setting of bush, garden and water.

New Letterbox by local craftsman at Retreat Accommodation - 10th Dec 2018

New Letterbox by local craftsman at Retreat Accommodation

We were delighted when our children presented us with a gift of a new letterbox by local craftsman Shem Sutherland.

We hope you enjoy it when you visit us at Hereweka Garden Retreat, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin.

We think the flowers are an appropriate illustration for the entrance to our property.

With all the wet warm weather we have been having the organic gardens at Hereweka are thriving as are the weeds!

A busy but enjoyable time for us as at last we have some lovely fresh early summer vegetables to harvest and the perennial border is coming to a peak. 

Organic Aurum Wines - 19th Nov 2018

Tony and Joan Lawerence  Owners of organic vineyard

When you stay at Hereweka, our luxury Garden Retreat on the Otago Peninsula, you are able to purchase award winning top quality organic wines from Aurum winery .

We are proud to offer this range of one of the best organic wines available in New Zealand. 

We were lucky enough to be hosted by Tony and Joan Lawerence over the weekend and stay at Arum vineyard,  their family run estate in Central Otago.

The vineyard and winery are managed using certified organic practice.

 We had a wonderful weekend staying in Aurum vineyards boutique accommodation which is set in peaceful rural garden setting.The accommodation is outstanding. For anyone traveling through Central Otago we highly recommend staying in this luxurious accommodation .

Garden Delights - 23rd Oct 2018

Tulips at Hereweka Retreat Accommodation

At this time of year every day we walk around the garden and find something fresh that has just come out in flower.

As promised in my last news item I am going to post some regular updates of the latest delights in our garden.Today it is our wonderfu ldisplay of tulips and ranunculus. 

The garden at Hereweka gives us so much pleasure .When you stay at our luxury accommodation on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin you have free access to our garden and grounds so that you too can enjoy the beauty of our garden. 

Our  garden is grown using sustainable organic methods and reflects our personal committment to sustainability and organics.

Our accommodation also reflects this committment with the many eco features of the building.

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